Tuesday, 30 July 2013
"Barking Mad Survival School"
Sighthound Rescue Jersey is encouraging pet-lovers to take on dogs for a couple of months or so to make room for others more in need.
The family-run centre is having to turn animals away and is desperate to find foster carers.
The centre is home to at least fifteen dogs, known as sighthounds.
The group of dogs include Afghans, greyhounds, whippets, who used to hunt by sight rather than scent.
Most of these animals had a grim start in life overseas, some found in a ditch or left to starve at the roadside, but have they have made a new start here in Jersey.
Alison Le Feuvre, Jersey Dogs Sighthound Rescue said: "I'd always grown up with whippets. If ever there were any at the local animal shelter I'd take them on then I realised there was a plight with whippets and whippet-crosses in the UK and Ireland and that there were homes wanting them here. We don't have any children, so the home is geared around the dogs."
Although it is a rescue charity, Alison and her husband, John, often pay for dog food and treats from their own pockets.
Alison said: "We've got our longest-stayer, Sadie, she's a middle-sized lurcher. Then, we've got Keira, another Irish hound; she's a Saluki-cross. Now, she'd had notches cut out of her ears, so it's taken months of healing, but they seem to be ok now and she's ready for a home. We've got Ellie, the little whippet; she's the smallest of the gang at the moment and there's Gemma who's got odd eyes, one white or pale blue, so we think she's got some collie in her, collie with a little bit of whippet."
Four of the dogs in particular need new homes right away.
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