Canine nine nine Rescued dogs spark fresh drive to help charity
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