Megan has been with us since May now, and has had very little interest ? It is such a shame as she’s a bundle of love that wants to be everyone’s friend. Please consider giving Megan a home or share to help Megan find her family. Here’s a brief video of what she has to say as to why you should consider her ?
Megan is fostered near Norwich. She is a medium to large collie cross of around five years old. Megan was brought to the UK around four years ago by another rescue but some quite complicated circumstances that were no fault of her own have resulted into her now being in our care and in need of a new home. Megan mixes very well with the other dogs in her multi dog foster home. She is a very friendly and affectionate dog who we have been trying to teach not to jump up in her enthusiasm without a great deal of success. Due to this we are looking for an adult home or with children 12+ years old. Megan loves her walks and and her cuddles in equal measures. She is a very fun dog to have around and will be an excellent addition to an experienced collie home.
Update: Megan is no longer available for adoption but please have a look at our current Dogs for Adoption.
Our adoption fee is £270. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young).
Introducing the 500 Club: raising funds for the dogs as well as giving members the chance of winning cash prizes every month!
How does it work?
All you have to do is set up a standing order a recurring pay pal payment to ‘Friends of Safe Rescue’ for £5.00 every month (or £60 for the year) and you will be allocated a number. Membership is for 12 months.
Each month, numbers are pulled at random and there are three cash prizes to be won.
Rufus was the ultimate safe rescue dog. So mentally broken that in the beginning I wondered if he could ever lead a happy life without mental torment. Rufus came from the Risiori public shelter in Romania and without Cornelia that’s where he would have died. I’m not sure what the situation there is now but at that time it was nothing but horror. They would put aggressive dogs in with vulnerable dogs purposely because they knew they’d kill them and it would reduce numbers and people with that mentality could be nothing but monsters to the dogs in that horrific hell hole. Rufus survived only because he moulded himself into a gap between two wooden crates and he cowered there until Cornelia got him out. Funds were raised and we were asked to take him and I looked at his picture and I knew we had to.
Rufus arrived and he continued to cower in gaps. He’d be behind the washing machine or the sofa until I went to bed and only then would he dare venture out of hiding. Little by little and with the help of the other more confident and playful dogs Rufus learnt to be a normal happy dog for as long as everything stayed the same. New people coming in would have him running round the back of the sofa poohing and peeing as he ran so we stopped letting in people he didn’t know because the distress he showed was too hard to watch.
In time what I thought was impossible happened and Rufus learnt to love me and my children. I will never forget walking into the living room one day and being astounded that he was on the sofa with my four year old daughter letting her stroke him and actually enjoying it. He learnt to play with us and would bounce around and get excited when he saw us and nibble at our fingers. The terrified and shut down dog developed a really cheeky character and it was magical to see. As each person in the household was approached by him we all exclaimed omg Roofy let me touch him!!
This morning our boy died and I wasn’t with him, he died at the vets because I wanted so badly for them to be able to save him and even though I knew it was s long shot I had to try. He was around eight years old and that’s no age at all really.
Rufus was everything our rescue is about and every reason that we started out on this arduous path. Nobody has the right to torture and abuse another living creature to the extent that they are too terrified to even raise their head and face the world around them. Rufus was so loved not only by our family but by online supporters that followed his story from that awful first picture. I do not forgive the monsters at the risiori shelter and I never will. Our boy until his dying day was terrified of being in a crate and would even growl at me and tremble when I walked towards it to get him out again. Rufus was 95% happy but 5% of him never left the fear of that shelter and I swear he still had flash backs to that place.
It’s hard to write this, nothing I can say can really express my feelings for Rufus. His story and his progress with us drove me on to take other dogs that seemed hopeless because he showed us even the most broken dogs can go onto live happy and worthwhile lives and if we write those dogs off those monsters that made them that afraid have won and I’ll never let them win.
Gone but never ever forgotten by anyone who knew him personally or from afar, there will only ever be one Roofy but his legacy will live on.
?Yukon is Dog of the Week? Right lovely people we really would appreciate your help with sharing Yukon. He has a few hurdles that make him less likely to be adopted. He’s a bigger dog, he’s black and Yukon has an over reactive thyroid which means we need to find someone that is happy to fund £30 of medication roughly a month. BUT we’re hoping someone will know that he’s worth it as he’s an extremely loving dog with a sweet temperament. Please share for Yukon ?
Yukon is fostered near Norwich. He is a gorgeous, cuddly Rottweiler cross of around five to six years old.
Yukon was rescued from a kill shelter in Romania two years ago and has waited patiently for the chance of a home since then. He is a favorite with the carers at the shelter as he is such a charming and loving boy. On our recent trip to Romania we noticed how much weight he’d gained since our trip in April. This combined with a chance remark from one of his carers about how little he eats led us to ask for him to be bloodtested for thyroid problems. Sure enough the results came back as overactive and he is now on treatment for the condition. Over the next few weeks we will be prioritizing building up his exercise alongside the medication and soon he will be in a much more comfortable physical condition. The future now looks brighter for Yukon. His condition will need to be managed for life but it’s a simple tablet daily and a blood test every six months. It will average out at a cost of around £30 a month and we are hopeful we will find someone who thinks he’s worth this.
Words cannot express how affectionate and comical this boy is. He is as big in character as he currently is in body and has double the volume of love to give. He is also happy to live with cats.
Update: Yukon is no longer available for adoption but please have a look at our current Dogs for Adoption.
Danny is a nine year old medium sized chocolate lab/ collie cross.
Danny has spent an absolutely heartbreaking six years of his life in the Botisani public shelter in Romania. He went in that place a fairly young dog and has recently come out as an old boy with failing eyesight. If this fact alone is not sad enough around his neck he bears a scar where rope or wire once cut deeply into his neck. It’s blatantly obvious this dog has never known any good way of living.
Yet, as is often the case, he has entered his foster home with a wagging tail and a whole lot of love to give. He mastered lead training on his very first walk and is even perfectly behaved off lead. Maybe he doesn’t have all the time in the world left to be compensated for the misery he’s known but we can endeavor to give it our very best shot. shot. Danny was recently adopted from us and we thought he’d got his happy ever after. Sadly Danny couldn’t get on with the resident cat and he has had to be returned to us. With this in mind we can’t re home Danny to a family with cat/cats.
If anyone can give this smiley happy old boy a pampered and spoilt retirement home we implore you to get in touch. If you are interested please call or message between 9am and 6pm
Update: Danny is no longer available for adoption but please have a look at our current Dogs for Adoption.
Walker is fostered in Norwich. He is a seven to nine year old medium sized crossbreed. We have taken Walker into our care from a public shelter in Romania where he has spent the last few years of his life incarcerated for the crime of being born on the streets of Romania. Walker has taken to domestic life in later life like a duck to water and is loving the new world around him. He is thrilled to at last have so much human interaction and is amazed by all that he’s discovering on walks after not leaving his pen for years. He is one of those cases where fosterers are wondering what he must be thinking about the changes in his life now. Does he think they are for keeps or does he fear that they will all be snatched away and he will return to the mundanity and deprivation of shelter life? Walker is living happily with other dogs at present, and also happily lives with cats. He has been fine during interactions with children too. He is a fit and healthy boy who still would like and deserves stimulating walks after all he’s missed out on for so long. It is a privilege for us as a rescue to be a stepping stone for this boy into his new life and any adopter will be privileged to welcome him into their family.
Update: Walker is no longer available for adoption but please have a look at our current Dogs for Adoption.
Our adoption fee is £270. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young).
As a fosterer of rescue dogs for over twenty years I have continuously been frustrated by the struggle to recruit others. I get that people have other things going on in their lives and that they think they couldn’t bare the heartache of the constant goodbyes but there’s just got to be people out there that can do this that we haven’t reached yet.
I suppose the long and the short of it can be summarized in three words FOSTERING SAVES LIVES so when all is said and done nothing can be more important than that fact.
To me fostering isn’t about the goodbye and I have no issue with seeing a dog ride off to a better future knowing that I now have a space to save another with a horrible past. I’m not sorry to see them go, I don’t cry because this has always been my end goal and the prize I’ve had my eye on from the second the dog arrived here. It’s a buzz to hear back from happy adopters and see pictures of the dog being loved and having fun. There’s nothing in that scenario that saddens me it just makes me proud that I helped achieve that.
Safe rescue is a well oiled team that support each other and give their utmost to save dogs. Yes we have rules and regulations to protect the dogs in our care and the people that care for them. Some of those rules are pretty rigid and they’ve come about from years of experience learning from past mistakes. Fosterers do need to have a fully secure garden with fencing of five foot minimum. They also need to be home for a part of every day to monitor and spend time with the dog in their care. They also need to adhere to our strict slip lead usage rule. But aside from rules and safety they simply need to have a reasonable general knowledge of dogs and a genuine desire to help a species they love.
Fostering is a family affair, everyone in the household is involved and plays a part. What better way to teach children compassion and social awareness than for them to see a dog with a horrible past blossom in their home and then move on to save the next one? What better gift can you give a dog than its life?
Please consider fostering, we need you and the dogs need you. To find out more please do get in contact via Facebook or on 07899844524.
Our dog of the week is the stunning Eliza, this girl could really do with being the only dog in her family and we’re hoping with your help we can find that for her. Please consider Eliza or give her a share, she’s a beautiful dog inside and out.
Eliza is fostered in Norfolk. She is a border collie cross of around six years old. She was found in a state of terror in a public shelter in Romania around three years ago and we were asked if we would take her, if rescuers could get her out.
Eliza is a beautiful looking dog and she’s come a long way from the terrified dog that hid in a corner trembling in that public shelter. She is quietly confident with most people she meets and develops an attachment to new people quite quickly. Eliza loves her walks and is a quiet and well behaved dog around the home.
Eliza had been adopted. She was in our care for a long time before getting adopted. Initially she did very well in her new home and blossomed. Sadly recently she has developed issues with the other two dogs in the household and the situation became unworkable. Her adopters were heartbroken but forced to return her to us.
Eliza is no longer available for adoption but please have a look at our current Dogs for Adoption.
Our adoption fee is £270, they will be vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless the dog is too young to be neutered).
I’m looking around at all these dogs and they’re all snoring or stretching or sleeping peacefully and I see pics in my head of them back ‘there’. Back when they were when we first learnt about them and before we offered to help them. There’s not a single dog here that doesn’t have a remarkable story, that hasn’t been through some ordeal or lots of ordeals.
A long time ago I came to terms with the fact that not everyone likes me and not everybody agrees with what I do and I’m really ok with it because I KNOW that what I do is right and is worthwhile and i believe that everyone should fight their hardest for what they believe in. At almost every adoption I am asked how I do it and told that it must be heart breaking to let them go…… maybe I’m a robot because I do it with ease and it doesn’t break my heart to let any go. It does break my heart that there are dogs in their millions all around the world suffering and dying because there’s nobody to reach them and nobody to save them.
The dog in the pictures is Steve. We caught him on our trip. Tanya won his trust enough to approach her for food, Dalila drugged the food and then we followed his stumbling little body around a car park until we could corner and catch him. From that moment he was safe and he’d never been safe before even for a single second of his life. His mother was dumped in this car park with all her young pups. They were all scared of humans because probably none had ever been kind to them. We looked for others but they were well hidden from us and we left only with Steve. Since then his mother has been seen and one of his sisters was found dead on the road, the rest most probably perished on the fields or are still out there maybe old enough to procreate pups of their own and so the cruel cycle of life and death goes on and on…….. but not for Steve.
Steve’s just had a bath. His white fur is no longer grey with dust. He’s not had to go looking for food or go hungry since that day back in early April. He’s asleep on my lap wrapped in a towel. Every now and then he will look up at me, lick my arm and then go back to sleep. It’s a lovely moment, a lovely experience but I will have no problem passing the lovely boy over to a lovely new home. I won’t cry for him or miss him I will go back into my house after making sure he’s safely in their car and I’ll go and look after all the other Steve’s.
Fostering isn’t about the goodbye. Fostering is about the dog hiding under a crate in the shelter because if he comes out the other dogs will kill him. It’s about the puppy in a field that has only a short life of hardship ahead before he starves to death or gets killed by a car. It is about the terrified dog that is swinging on the end of the dog catchers pole that will be dumped injured into the public shelter where it will be lucky, or perhaps unlucky, to survive. It is about the dog that’s old now but has lived all its life on a short chain and is about to be killed cos it’s now too old to be a guard dog, and it’s about the dog that will then replace him on the end of that chain. Those are the dogs I will cry for and those are the dogs that our rescue and others will fight for no matter what the opposition because it’s the right thing to do.
Bernie is on the smaller side of a medium sized crossbreed who we believe to be around ten years old.
Bernie has had a sadly neglected life that is all too common a story to tell. Just another Romanian street dog captured by the dog catchers years ago and left forgotten in shelters for year after year. As his existence stretched on I’m sure he gave up hope of any kind of fulfillment years ago.
His time is now, as at last the light at the end of the tunnel has brought him to all the comfort and luxury of a foster home while we seek out a very special forever home for him. After years of noisy, filthy shelters all we ask for him is some peace, quiet and a family who will spoil him rotten in his twilight years. He is a quiet and unassuming boy who loves a fuss but will not push himself forward in a crowd for it. He lives happily with a cat and dog in his foster home. If you are interested please call or message between 9am and 6pm Tel 07788251197 Tel 07899844524