Pete is a 5 year old male Cross-Breed. He is foster in South Shields. I’ll never forget the first picture I saw of Pete, Kelly and Zoe went to Romania in January and discovered a shelter that was in a terrible state and in one of the pictures was Pete. He was sat in a kennel with several other dogs with a very twisted and clearly broken leg, I felt like he was looking straight in to the camera, begging for help, I can’t think about how long he sat there unnoticed and in so much pain.

He was one of two dogs that were removed with in days, I would say luckily but there didn’t seem to be anything lucky about the situation that day. But life has changed for him now, the leg was beyond saving, but he manages without any issue on 3, he can be a bit shy at first, but within a day or two with us his happy, playful nature surfaced, and we get full body wiggles whenever he sees us, he’s getting used to cuddles and strokes now, but can be a little hand shy at first.

He loves doggy company, he especially likes the playful dogs in the house, so a doggy friend would be ideal, but not essential. As if all he went through wasn’t enough, he also tested positive for heartworm, however he is being treated for this now, he will have to take 1 pill a month for a year which he will come with at no cost to his adopter. He could live with dog savvy kids over around 10 years that would be understanding of his initial shyness, he has not been cat tested. 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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