Hope – 4 year old female Cross-Breed

Hope is a 4 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Croydon. She is a loving, beautifully tempered girl who wants to be loved but can be very timid. Hope was found neglected in a shelter in Spain. After being rescued, her best friend was adopted which left her very anxious.

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She was found to be pregnant not long after her rescue and was an amazing mum to five 5 pups for five months until they were adopted. This sadly set her back to anxious again. There were twenty dogs and four cats in her foster home in Spain and this was thought to be overwhelming her so we were asked if we could take her in the UK.

Since arriving in her UK foster home she has been a lovely girl who wants to be loved and give affection but will hold back. After a few days of patience and receiving affection she will open up more. She is good with dogs, cats and children but she will be best suited either as an only dog or with one dog max.

Hope walks well on a lead and enjoys her walks. Hope is an amazing girl who, once trust has been gained, will reward whoever adopts her with a cuddly best friend. When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.

If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle-in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.

Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).

Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up safety measure. The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm. Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.

Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable / extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.

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For further details regarding adopting a dog from Safe Rescue please email saferescue@hotmail.co.uk or telephone Kelly Hare 07899 844524 or 07788 251197

We are a voluntary organisation with members from all over the world that have come together to help dogs in need, regardless of their location. To date we have helped dogs from Spain, Cyprus and Turkey but the majority of our work takes place in Romania where we have built up strong relationships with many dedicated rescuers before bringing the dogs to the UK and into foster care for rehoming.

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