Ca­nine nine nine Res­cued dogs spark fresh drive to help char­ity

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By MELISSA JONES

AKIND-HEARTED woman has res­cued two dogs that were due to be killed- and she is now do­ing some­thing amaz­ing to help oth­ers at risk.

Lisa von Hall­wyl adopted Boris and Hat­tie from Tunisia throughres­cue An­i­mals of North Africa, the only char­ity in the UK sav­ing an­i­mals from Libya and Tunisia.

It was set up in 2013 by Florence­heath and Michaela Hutchin­son, who wit­nessed so much cru­elty and ne­glect first hand when they lived over there.

Cov­er­ing a much big­ger area than the UK, they were shocked the coun­tries had just three shel­ters and de­cided they needed to do some­thing.

Lisa was also touched by the plight of the an­i­mals, heard about the char­ity’s good work from a friend on Face­book and pledged to adopt the dogs.

“Hat­tie is one of six pup­pies from Lot­tie who was brought over from Tunisia as a for­mer street dog,” she said.

“She was res­cued by RANA af­ter hol­i­day­mak­ers in­formed them of a stray dog wan­der­ing around.

“This was a week be­fore the hor­rific mass shoot­ing in Tunisia, where tourists were killed.

“Boris was born out­side a hos­pi­tal just over three years ago where it was thought gun­men were get­ting ready to shoot dogs.

“He was picked up and taken to one of the pens to keep him safe.”

Hat­tie ar­rived in Chel­tenham three years ago and they have had Boris al­most 12 months.

She can be quite ner­vous be­cause of how her mother was treated be­fore they were found, Lisa says, but she has grown in con­fi­dence and now runs around the park af­ter some train­ing.

While lov­able and friendly Boris can be slightly anx­ious with traf­fic.

“I ab­so­lutely adore an­i­mals and re­ally want to help raise aware­ness for res­cues in need, I wish I could home them all,” Lisa added.

“As well as run­ning my own millinery busi­ness I try and di­vide my time to help RANA and other an­i­mal char­i­ties. I wish I could do more.”

RANA’S founders have to make heart­break­ing de­ci­sions over which dogs to save as re­sources are pushed to the limit.

They of­ten strug­gle to pay vets’ bills and are al­ways look­ing for more peo­ple to raise aware­ness of what us hap­pen­ing over there, such as dump­ing new­born pup­pies in bins and the fail­ure to ster­ilise dogs.

The char­ity re­lies on foster car­ers to help save the an­i­mals from a life of poverty on the streets.

Lisa raises funds to help through bake sales and has or­gan­ised a spring dog walk in Chel­tenham to boost the on­go­ing to­tal.

On March 23 sup­port­ers and walk­ers will gather on Cleeve Hill at 11am for the spe­cial event. It is £15 per per­son, which in­cludes a goody bag, dog treats and re­fresh­ments.

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing should email Lisa on Lisavon­hall­wylmilline­[email protected]

Lisa von Hall­wyl and Boris

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