Meet­thecity­wom­an­who res­cues dogs from Spain

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STACEY MULLEN

A GLAS­GOW woman has res­cued hun­dreds of dogs by ded­i­cat­ing her free time to sav­ing them from Spain’s no­to­ri­ous kill sta­tions.

Amanda Docherty, from Simshill, has been help­ing pooches aban­doned in the Costa Blanca and sur­round­ing ar­eas since 2015 af­ter learn­ing that un­wanted pets are put to sleep in kill shel­ters, also known as Per­reras.

These killing sta­tions were es­tab­lished by the Span­ish govern­ment to deal with the ‘nui­sance’ of dogs, ac­cord­ing to the char­ity An­i­mal Care Es­pana.

Dogs are ran­domly caught on the streets and brought to a Per­rera and, when no­body claims the dogs within 10 days, they will be killed.

Amanda, 48, who works for Slaters Menswear, said: “I of­ten get asked why do I help dogs in Spain when there are dogs here. I usu­ally show them a pho­to­graph of a Dog’s Trust pen and then I will show an im­age taken in a Per­rera.

“If you can’t see the dif­fer­ence, there is some­thing far wrong. The dogs are put in a Per­rera with­out a bed.

“The food is scat­tered on the floor and if there are mul­ti­ple dogs in a pen, they fight. The weaker dogs get killed. The pens also get power washed while the dogs are in them. They are left soaked and shiv­er­ing.”

She added: “Do­ing this is like an emo­tional roller­coaster. I used to cry all the time but now I know my lim­its.

“There are some dogs who re­ally get to me but I can’t help them all.

“If there was an un­lim­ited amount of funds I would help them. But there is not and it is not cheap to res­cue from Spain.”

Amanda, who has res­cued her own three dogs - Dora 3, Buddy 3 and 11-month old Trixie - fundraises tire­lessly to ar­range the trans­port of the dogs from Spain to Glas­gow.

In Glas­gow, she then ar­ranges for their pets to get their for­ever homes.

The mother-of-two, who has a son Cal­lum, 12, and daugh­ter Amy, 10, said: “I live next to Linn Park and when­ever I walk in, I bump into lots of my res­cue dogs.

“It is a lovely to see that es­pe­cially from when I first saw them in the pen.”

She added: “Peo­ple ask me all the time, ‘how many dogs have you res- cued?’ but I have ab­so­lutely no idea.”

Amanda, who is mar­ried to David, ad­mits that she ded­i­cates most of her free time to the cause which can be tough to jug­gle with work and fam­ily life.

She said: “If I don’t res­cue the dogs, who else will? If I can save 50 a year, it is 50 more than not do­ing any­thing.

“I get lots of sup­port for the Glas­gow com­mu­nity and I am so grate­ful for that. I am not a reg­is­tered char­ity, I do it my­self.”

She added: “I keep say­ing I am go­ing to take time out be­cause I won’t lie, fam­ily life suf­fers.

“It does take up so much time but my kids do love help­ing out when the dogs come.

“And there is far worst things I can do with my spare time.”

Amanda said she will keep go­ing with res­cue as she ad­mits she can’t stop.

She said: “Now I have started this it will never go away. There will al­ways be a dog who needs help.”

If you want to help Amanda by of­fer­ing a for­ever home, you can con­tact her on Face­book.

Amanda Docherty from Simshill Glas­gow res­cues im­pounded dogs from Spain

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