Maisie is a medium-sized lab-type cross, she’s around 5 years old.

Maisie, Fostered in South Shields.

We met Maisie a little while ago on a trip to Romania. We were working in a shelter, but feeding the local strays whenever we could as well. Maisie and her little friend soon caught on, and every day they would turn up at dinner time.

On the last day, I just couldn’t bear to leave them, knowing we wouldn’t be there the next day when they turned up, and the struggle would start again for them, so a mad dash rescue was put together, and before anyone knew it, they were in the car and on their way to a lovely shelter.

Maisie can be a little bit shy at first, particularly with men, but she quickly comes around, and once she knows you she’s incredibly loving and loyal. She wags with her whole body when you come in the room, even if you’ve only been gone for 5 minutes.

She walks beautifully on the lead, she’s living well with other dogs, but could also live happily as an only dog.

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 in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup 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.

Fences and gates must be 5 feet minimum in height and secure.

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For further details regarding adopting a dog from Safe Rescue please email or message or call between 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm Sat on Tel 07788251197 or Tel 07899844524.

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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