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A rescue center has approached dog lovers for assistance as a lockdown release after a sudden surge in strays.
Hope Rescue in Llanharan has already seen an increase in intake as a direct result of the unprecedented demand for dogs and puppies during lockdown.
While they say this surge was expected, they did not expect a sudden surge specifically for the Yorkshire Terriers with 10 currently in her care between the ages of two and 14 years.
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Vanessa Waddon, Founder of Hope Rescue, said: “We are currently experiencing a perfect storm that has resulted in a huge increase in the number of dogs in our care.
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“The unprecedented demand for dogs and puppies during lockdown, often met by low welfare breeders and unscrupulous online sellers, followed by the easing of restrictions and the financial impact of Covid, which is hitting some families hard, has a real welfare crisis created for animal welfare organizations
“Although this increase was expected, it is really unusual to have so many small dogs in our care, including 10 Yorkshire Terriers. Some came as strays and were not claimed by their owners, and others came because their owners were unfortunately unable to do so. ” no longer care about them, but have done the right thing by asking for our help instead of reselling them. “
Unfortunately, the dogs need treatment before they can be re-housed as most Yorkshire Terriers have health problems. The charity reported that the majority have bad teeth and some have eye and ear problems as well.
(Image: Hope Rescue)
“It will cost us around £ 8,000 to make sure these wonderful little dogs are ready to find their new home. These include routine vaccinations, parasite treatment and castration, as well as dental treatments and ear irrigation.
“Nik Nak and Rufus both need x-rays of their jaws and poor Walker’s one of his eyes needs to be removed. Little Sweep also has some suspicious looking knots that need further investigation. “
The charity will make sure the dogs are well looked after until they find their home forever, but after the effects of Storm Dennis and the ongoing pandemic, fundraising efforts for the South Wales Rescue Center have become more difficult.
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