Sylvia's Diary

Sylvia writes a diary entry as and when she has time or if she needs to get something off her chest. We hope that you enjoy reading about the ups and downs of rescue life.

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19-02-20 PLEASE HELP STOP THE MASS KILLING OF STRAY DOGS IN ANTIGUA

In Antigua everyone who cares about the dogs want to do trap, spay/neuter and release them as there are not enough homes, but the governing bodies don’t want this. None of us who are trying to help these dog want them to be killed but this is what the governing bodies are going to do. Please can I ask you all all to post your views at the end of this article AND message Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment on their Facebook page. We really need a lot of comments expressing the horror of what is going to happen.
The island rescues have very little ability to hold dogs and there are very few homes and so there could be mass killing of all the stray dogs. Everything we are sending to antigua will help, especially the spay kits of which they need as there are many projects planned for volunteer vets to help them.Your voice could help so much. We are the voice of the voiceless!!!!



11-02-20 What A TEAM

What AMAZING support.. . Getting donations to Antigua could have been a nightmare, however Geest line who are shipping the goods out free have been AMAZING.

But it does not stop there, the donations have to be stored in a holding warehouse... this could have been expensive but Meachers Global Logistics have also waived their fee, as have the crane drivers and Dockers.

Getting the donations from Many Tears in Wales down to Meachers again is a MASSIVE task but this has been tackled by Tracey and the fantastic team at Flight Logistics who will be collecting the donations and really going out of their way to get the good to the right place at the right time.

Everyone is on board with helping these dogs, and I am beaming with pride that the British people are pulling together to make a HUGE difference.

The container we are storing things in is just over half full now. I would still love to fill it completely but this may not be possible and we can only be thankful for everything that we do achieve.

Thank you everyone for helping, it means SO much. And will help SO many animals.

What a team!
Sylvia xxx

 



04-02-20 PADDLING POOLS AND MAINTENANCE TOOLS

Today whist helping in the vets it occurred to me that the rescue PAAWS in Antigua had dogs that had been there YEARS. I was thinking what I could do to make their lives better, as though loved and cared for they are not in homes. It’s SO hot out there. What about if each pen had a paddling pool? So do you have one or want to buy one to donate, I think the hard plastic ones are best. I know how much pleasure that will bring the dogs. Please help, and maybe even visit and help them with the maintenance. We are also collecting donations of overalls, tools and paint to help with the maintenance too.

We are sending a container to Antigua at the end of February, please visit here to see a list of the items that we are desperately trying to source to send over, we would be so grateful of any donations. We also have an Amazon Wishlist set up for Antigua if you would like to donate there or via our Antigua GoFundMe. Thank you.

 



Together We Can Save Them All...

"Together we can save them all”….
Maybe not right here and now but slowly we will make a difference - So today's request is from Colin at Paaws Antigua.
He and his committee are doing their best with so many to help and so little resources. I said I’d give 6 weeks to trying to raise the funds and supplies they need, and now 4 weeks are left and I just know you can help.

Colin needs some medium sized men’s overalls. Some medium to large wellies. 5 gallons of outdoor paint in red, yellow, blue and white and paint brushes. He needs good heavy duty hammers, rakes and brooms, hand drills, he would also love a pressure washer.
All these things you may have in your garage, or a local hardware store that may donate if you asked nicely.
Please try to help. The foster van will be going down the M4 corridor to Reading next sun. You could meet us if you could help with donations in some way.

Amazingly Paaws largest expenditure is a medicaton called Nexgard which they pay £20 a tablet for.
As you drive around Antigua you see EVERY dog scratching... some bloody and raw as they have sarcoptic mange.
All the welfare groups try to help these dogs, the dogs get a whole month of rest from torment, with just one small tablet
You can buy it on line for about £6 a tablet over here!!!

I am sorry I keep asking, but they need your help…..
 

 



31-01-20 Antiguan rescuers need help

Yesterday the Rachael from the spay neuter clinic came across this boy in the central reservation. He's possibly been hit by a car at some point. She only had a small car, no cages and no way to move him. She called animal control, but then in a moment sadly he was gone.
There are VERY caring people trying so hard, but until the population decreases they have little chance to do anything.
Just because they are not on our doorstep should we choose to look the other way?
Come on dog lovers... Please help me help them.
If you read and watched this blog, please consider sending at least £1 to help them. To help us please click HERE 
THANK YOU.

 



27-01-20 THIS IS THE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC IN ANTIGUA DOING THE VERY BEST... LET'S HELP!!


Has anyone got a grooming table they don’t need that we can send to Antigua? This is wanted for vets to spay from and others want one to groom from. Please look to see if you can help. Also welder needed to make long handled poop scoops for Paws of Antigua and also us. The robust ones here are over £20 and not that robust. Any help would be great.



26-01-20 ANTIGUA'S GRAVEYARD DOGS


One of the rescue groups we are hoping to help is PAWS of Antigua. They are very active and easy to work with. They have a shelter but it's always full to bursting. However the dogs not in the shelter are important too. These are some living in a grave yard neutered and rereleased, healthy and happy. They don't know better and don't have to be suffer worse either. If all the strays were spayed the population boom suffering and hopelessness of it all would decrease.
YOUR HELP WILL SAVE MANY DOGS LIVES NO MATTER HOW SMALL.
https://www.manytearsrescue.org/page_.php?i=108

 



25-01-20 Just Imagine Being Able To Save Thousands Of Lives!

Imagine with one click saving thousands of animals lives.... Well you can! And this is how.

If you bought a dog or cat trap for the Antigua project, when used the captive animal would be spayed or castrated. This would mean not only would they stop producing pups or kittens that would almost certainly die in a bad way, but any that did survive would also produce more unwanted offspring and so you are helping to end a vicious cycle of unwanted strays and the suffering that comes with it.
Literally EVERY bit of help will save lives. JUST THINK OF THAT  and hopefully help me to help them PLEASE

We now have an Amazon wishlist set up for Antigua. Every item on the list will help the animals. Any items ordered will be sent to us and then put on the container that has been kndly donated by Geest.
To see the list or donate an item please click HERE



23-01-20 CAN YOU HELP ME MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

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I have given the last 17 years to Many Tears, to the dogs to the people and to my staff. I cannot imagine trying harder to make a difference but now I am asking you to make a difference for my life. I am feeling a failure as I can see that if only the help was there so many animals would be able to go without suffering but I don’t seem to have the support needed.

Most people have holidays abroad and many countries have animal problems. If we could help one country get things off the ground and jump start their projects we could all feel very proud. Antigua has a race course where horses where racing and jockeys riding but now this is unused derelict. Some of the hoses where turned out to forage and try to live others just left to die. A rescuer walks sometimes 3 days to get a poor starving or injured horse to safety. Dogs are constantly straying, run over and left. The rescuers need an ambulance to share which can be shared with each other along with a tow bar and a horse trailer. Yes this needs is well out of their dreams as Antigua's an island and vans are VERY expensive.

The spay neuter clinic is not mobile so animals have to be taken to the clinic and the people who do own dogs rarely do so.  This means it's left up to the rescue groups with only their family cars (if they are lucky) to do this. There are derelict buildings that perhaps voluntary vets could spay in but they need equipment.  The amazing spay neuter vet who works tirelessly needs supplies to carry on. I know there is someone who could help with all of this but I don’t know them - BUT MAYBE YOU DO?

Please if everyone who reads this could send £5.00 marked Antigua by PayPal or GoFundMe or send a cheque with Antigua written on the back please please do. Please help, as I am personally feeling a huge failure yet the stories and pictures cone from the amazing animal groups in Antigua every day. We all need success to carry on... and today that persons me!



This poor soul was found yesterday but has now been helped.

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20-01-20 ANTIGUA


Please everyone help the dogs in Antigua.  Just because they are not here does not mean they need to be written off. If this island's dog lovers had a boost so they can keep going and improve the work they're doing a lot could change. I was very careful and monitored who was doing what when out there to be sure that this was the way forwards. Please, together we could make a real difference and then the other islands may follow suit. I really need you to get behind me, please PLEASE HELP.
https://www.manytearsrescue.org/page_.php?i=108
Sylvia.



17-01-20 Our Play Yards Need Help

Some of  the dogs here have their very first experience of running outside here at Many Tears. We have play yards they can feel free in and explore with their kennel friends.
We would like our play yards to be more interesting and stimulating for them so are looking to add some extra items to them.
We are hoping for them to have benches to jump on and off, wendy houses to explore and 3-4 foot plastic pipe tunnels to run through. 
Iif any one has any of these or could ask a drainage company for off cuts please let me know.
Thank you
Sylvia.



15-01-20 DAKARI UPDATE

This is Darkari's before and after pictures and videos. This little girl arrived extremely sick and thin as she was suffering from Megaesophagus. She was lucky enough to be adopted by a wonderful couple and I cannot express how pleased I am to see her looking so well and happy


 



12-01-2020 I'M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE CHRIS PACKHAM CBE AS PATRON FOR MANY TEARS



20-12-19 A Sad Update

It’s 11pm and I have to bring the sad news that darling Kitty has just passed away. Losing a dog here at the rescue hits us all so hard. It always seems so very unfair. Kitty was comfortable and we have showered her with gentle kisses and kind words since she arrived but knowing that now she will never have a home of her own, somehow it doesn’t seem enough. Tears of sadness and frustration flow amongst the staff, we all care so very much but again sometimes it just doesn’t seem enough.

Kitty will never be forgotten here and tomorrow we will continue to care for the dogs as usual. We  have so many dogs here waiting for their homes. For Kitty we will shall do everything we can to find them loving forever homes. Please help us. We need funds to help make ends meet. We need volunteers to give us a hand, we need fosterers who can offer a warm bed to a dog that needs one. If you can help in any way please do. Run free Kitty.



20-12-19 KITTY



12-12-19 12K OF CHRISTMAS

Please consider signing up to do the 12k's of Christmas with us. I have already started to walk my 12k with five of my dogs.
You can do it all at once or in stages and I'm sure your dogs will enjoy completing it with you. It will help all of our dogs here at Many Tears too as we are so desperate for funds at the moment.

 



16-11-19 PUBLISHING ADVICE NEEDED

I have at last finished the book I have been writing for so very long. It’s about how Many Tears was born. I have no idea who to send it to, but am hoping someone reading this may have a connection to a publisher. I am praying if published it will fund our coming year, as I don’t know how we will get through the year it if not.
Please, for the dogs sakes help me.... For together we could save them all!!!!



07-11-19 KOLA & KEDGE



06-11-19 WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY....

You know what they say
When the cat's away the mice will play
Well Bill's away!!!!



02-11-19 TALLULAH


Little Tallulah came into the rescue pregnant.  She is a teeny little shih tzu and has today delivered 4 beautiful pups via c-section.



30-10-19 PUMPKIN AND PRECIOUS


Pumpkin and Precious are two very special pups in needs of loving homes.  Pumpkin was born without any eyes and Precious has trouble walking.  They will be arriving back at Many Tears this evening and will be on the website within the next couple of days.  If you want to help a pup in need of that bit of extra care, love and support then here's your chance but please wait until they are on the website before you apply.

 



25-10-19A MESSAGE FOR OUR FOSTERERS

Thank you to every one who has helped us get so many dogs to great homes
I feel so blessed every time I load the foster van that you share our care
The responsibility for our dogs  lives to be happy is huge
Thank you for helping me
Sylvia x



22-10-19 DARLING BOB

Darling Bob desperately needs a home. Please watch his video

 



14-10-19 BEING A BEAGLE


Being a beagle is tough at Many Tears. No one really looks at us and the competition is keen as we in Kennel 5 are just three of many many beagles here. We are all special and all need a home. So please please consider a beagle to share you ups your downs, your love, kisses, hugs and especially your cookies with.



12-10-19 POSSIBLY THE MOST DEPRESSING BLOG I'VE WRITTEN


Perhaps this is the most depressing  blog I have ever written.
Some months ago we were given a beautiful Golden Retriever pup who we named Orio. She was unable to hold her urine in and so she need a complicated operation. After having a lot of blood tests and antibiotics she finally had very expensive surgery. This does not appear to have worked and yesterday she became very poorly.
She is now at Langford Referrals, a specialist vet, to try to give her a chance of survival. This will cost many thousands of pounds.
With so many dogs flooding through our doors, plus the planning problems with the local Council and so many other issues, the list goes on and on and I am at my wits end.
How can you put a price on a life?  Let alone a life that is in your care?
I know many will say I could save so many more dogs with all those thousands of pounds being spent for Orio. But this Retriever is not a number... She is a life.
Please help however you can. We are now running on fresh air!!!
If a lottery winner reads this please please help
Sylvia.

EDIT: Orio has made it through the night at Langford Referrals. She has had tests and the findings of these are in the email below. Orio needs two further surgeries. They are complicated and will be expensive. We need to fundraise for these and ha ve been told the very minimum cost will be at least £4,500 but could run to £9,500 and upwards to give little Orio the surgery she needs to save her and give her a chance at a normal life. Please, please help us.
Here is a link to Orios Fundraising page - we sill set up a PayPal link tomorrow.
Please share her page far and wide gf.me/u/vynv7t



09-10-19 I need help from someone who can help with a Road Speed Survey please


As most of you  who follow the ups and downs of Many Tears  know, when our vet surgery started falling apart again last year I decided to try to get permission to build a new permanent surgery  rather than just buy another portacabin. Boy did I open a can of worms....
 We have been working with Rebecca and her team at the IAD company on the designs and initial pre-planning application and they have been wonderful, donating all their time and services for the dogs, but when a few specific planning issues arose they recommended we consult with some planning experts. 

Our initial consult went OK but now we are at the stage where I would need to commit to spending  thousands of pounds of rescue funds just for a survey on the road outside the rescue and  the gathering of information to decide on a solution for the field next door where our staff park their cars. 

We cannot even think about the Vet surgery now until I first sort out the staff  parking. 
It turns out that we have to apply for "change of use" planning permission to let our staff park their cars on a bit of hard standing that was already present on a field that the rescue owns. 
We have not changed anything on the land and the farmer that owned the land before the rescue used that same hardstanding for his tractors and agricultural equipment, but it seems we cannot let staff park their cars there to make room for the public without spending thousands on surveys and advice and possibly  tens of thousands of pounds on putting in a new entrance to the field and improving that hardstanding so that it can become a formal car park that is compliant with all the rules and regulations governing carparks in the UK.
 Needless to say I am beside myself. 
 I don’t want to make a public car park. I don’t want to charge for parking. I just want to let the staff park their cars on an existing piece of hardstanding that has always been there.

 If there are dog loving planning consultants  or consulting engineers that can carry out a  road speed survey – please help us.  

I am not asking for people to write to the council or the media about this  or to stir  things up at all. I am just asking for help and advice from those who have experience or expertise in this field .

Sylvia



VOLUNTEER POSTITIONS

Some volunteers come to help the dogs relax, but as you can see sometimes it’s the dogs that help the volunteer to relax!  Regular volunteer positions are available complete with training.   The positions include:
 

  • Meter greeters (meeting and greeting the public and showing them around)
  • Grooming (bathing, cleaning ears, clipping nails, possibly using clippers at later date)
  • Teaching dogs to walk ona harness and lead
  • Helping look after a section of kennels
  • Working in vets scrubbing kits and recovering dogs (full trading given and a vet and assistant also with you)
  • Gardener - looking after our garden of memorie, hedges and grass lawns
  • Handyman, mending fences kennel panels and whatever else is needed.

These are volunteer positions requiring regular commitments of hours and days. These positions are for over 25 year olds please and open to OAPs.

Child volunteer positions are mainly dog walking and require the child to be accompanied if under 16 and always to come with a parent or guardian for initial visit and acceptance.

To give the best care to our dogs your help is very much needed. Please email me at swvanatta@gmail.com if you think you can help.

Thank you
Sylvia



A plea for Simmy. She needs someone before it's too late


Yesterday the vet spayed a delightful Bichon called Simmy, she is little and perfect BUT she had a huge tumour on her memory glands and down her leg to her vulva also. All was removed but the margins were small, and the vet feels her life will be short.

Before she dies I need her to know love happiness and a home.

 Please, if you are strong (because you will be sad too soon) then give her this, she will also need a doggy friend to cuddle with.

Read what Rudyard Kipling said all those years ago, and decide , can you help her.

 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-193

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?



21-09-19 JUST PATIENCE, LOVE AND TIME


Not that long ago this girl was untouchable but look at her now!

 



16-09-19 TRYING TO BE STRONG

I am trying to be strong and do what’s right, but it seems EVERYTHING is going very wrong. So here iS a list of the ones that are proving to weigh so heavily on my heart.

  1. We needed a new vet building so decided to put in planning for a more permanent structure. By doing this the council have seen our parking and decided to question this and we are in for a big lot of worry trying for permission for this, to the point the council suggested re location, and there are not the funds for that at all.
  2. This month vet bills are over £20,000 above budget and now a poor bishon needing huge surgery has come in. Either we pay thousands or we amputate her little leg. A TERRIBLE CHOICE and one which makes me cry.
  3. The future of Many Tears worries me daily also

I could go on and on....  how the dogs are wonderful, however the emotional strain and some of the people are not.

I share this in hopes someone can help somehow. Even if only with kind words, for I need them today.



09-09-19 DAKARI UPDATE


For everyone that has been following Dakari's story she is now called Daphne and her adopters have sent us this lovely video. She's gained two pounds and is managing to eat and keep her food down. She's doing amazingly well thanks to her wonderful adopters.



26-8-19 THANK YOU - STRAY CAT HAS NOW BEEN SORTED!

Thank you to everyone who helped ensure safty for the little cat in Spain we were asked to help. The cat is now sorted.
TtHANK YOU



25-08-19 REALLY WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU

Really was one of a litter of new born pups that a vet had as the mum was run over. The vets nurse wanted to hand raise them, but after one night decided she could not. Our superb team of supporters managed to get the pups from Wales to Kent . Leah my daughter hand raised them and Really, who is one she kept has just helped to win a bronze medal for the UK in Valencia. Watch her video to see how well she did!

 We are proud of her and her journey. Thank you to all who helped her live, but especially Leah.



25-08-19 URGENT PLEA

Does any one know of a cat rescue or a kind soul in Valencia Spain who will help?
Our world agility team is out there and have found a poor stray cat they want to help
Please call Sylvia ASAP if you can help at the rescue 01269-843084



VUX AND TINA


To find out more about Vux
https://www.manytearsrescue.org/display_mtar_dog.php?id=25953

To find out more about Tina
https://www.manytearsrescue.org/display_mtar_dog.php?id=25954



22-08-19 Our AMAZING visiting volunteer vet

 

 



18-08-19 DAKARI GOES HOME!

Our dear Dakari went to her new home today. She will be missed but we are delighted she will have such wonderful carers and canine friends.











 



18-08-19 LINTON & LOXLEY FIRST STEPS TO SEEING IF THEIR BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE FIXED


Here are Linton and Loxley on their way to their foster home where they will be taken to see a specialist to find out what can be done.



16-08-19 DAKARI HAS A FURTHER DIAGNOSIS

At last we know what is wrong with Dakari.  We would like to say a huge thank you to a vet called Louise Harvey who suspected this very unusual complaint and asked us to send of bloods for Dakari and see. Now we know the extent of what is happening with her and know how to treat her. Her problems are severe but she is a darling and we will perservere.

Medical Conditions, Pet Services
What is myasthenia gravis?

Myasthenia gravis is a disease in which there is a malfunction in the transmission of signals between the nerves and muscles. Dogs with myasthenia gravis exhibit extreme weakness and excessive fatigue. Some breeds are predisposed to an inherited/congenital form of this disease, including Jack Russell Terriers, English Springer Spaniels, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Smooth-haired Miniature Dachshunds. Most cases are acquired, not inherited.

Acquired myasthenia gravis is, like other immune-mediated diseases, a complex condition requiring that multiple factors come into play, including environmental, infectious, and hormonal influences. The Newfoundland, Great Dane, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Akita, and Scottish Terrier are predisposed to acquired myasthenia gravis. Some dogs who acquire myasthenia gravis have a tumor mass in the chest cavity called a thymoma.

Puppies with congenital myasthenia gravis are typically diagnosed at 6-8 weeks of age. Acquired myasthenia gravis tends to be diagnosed in dogs 1-4 years of age, or in dogs at 9-13 years of age.

What are the signs of myasthenia gravis?
Many dogs with acquired myasthenia gravis develop megaesophagus, which is a dilation of the esophagus that holds food rather than allowing food to pass into the stomach. These dogs then have their food return up through their mouths without the retching and abdominal muscle contraction associated with vomiting. They may exhibit difficulty swallowing, a decreased ability to blink, and/or acute collapse.

Other signs of myasthenia gravis include:

  • Voice changes
  • Exercise-related weakness and/or collapse
  • Progressive weakness
  • Inability to close the eyes, even when sleeping
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cramping with mild exercise

Elevated blood levels of antibodies against acetylcholine receptors provide an important diagnostic confirmation and monitoring test.

Is myasthenia gravis treatable?
Some dogs diagnosed with myasthenia gravis require treatment in the hospital until their medication dose is stabilized. These dogs are treated with a class of medication that inhibits a nervous system enzyme called acetylcholinesterase. Anti-acetylcholinesterase medications will be required for the rest of the dog’s life. Because of their compromised ability to swallow, some dogs will actually inhale food, liquid, or vomit, resulting in aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia is extremely serious and often requires aggressive intensive care including oxygen therapy, antibiotics, IV fluid therapy, and supportive care. If the dog is unable to eat or drink without regurgitation, a feeding tube may be needed until the dog’s medication doses are stabilized.

"Ancillary treatment of myasthenia gravis is as important as determining
appropriate medication doses."

Ancillary treatment of myasthenia gravis is as important as determining appropriate medication doses. In cases where there is a thymoma, it must be removed surgically. Food and water dishes should be elevated, and these dogs often do best with smaller, more frequent meals of a high-quality, high-calorie food. There is no single “best” nutritional formulation for dogs with myasthenia gravis. It is important to assess what works best for the individual dog.

Most dogs with myasthenia gravis will limit their own activity based on the severity of their muscle weakness.

What medications are recommended for dogs with myasthenia gravis?
Acetylcholine is a chemical that transmits messages between nerves and muscles at the neuromuscular junction. Because dogs with myasthenia gravis have an excess of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down acetylcholine, drugs that inhibit that enzyme prolong the action of acetylcholine. Pyridostigmine is the drug of choice.

Corticosteroids, azathioprine, or mycophenolate may also be used for their ability to suppress the immune system.

How are dogs with myasthenia gravis monitored?
Improved muscle strength is an obvious barometer of response to therapy. In addition, chest x-rays are evaluated every 4-6 weeks for resolution of megaesophagus. Finally, acetylcholine receptor antibody levels are evaluated every 8-12 weeks, and should decrease into the normal range with remission.

What is the prognosis for dogs with myasthenia gravis?
For dogs who do not experience severe aspiration pneumonia or weakness of the throat and difficulty swallowing, the prognosis is good for complete recovery within 6-8 months. For dogs with a thymoma, the prognosis is guarded unless the mass is completely removed and control of clinical signs is achieved.

Although myasthenia gravis is treatable, most pets require months of special feeding and medication. Anti-acetylcholinesterase medication and immunosuppressive therapy will likely be required for the life of the dog. If the dog achieves remission, life quality is generally excellent.

Contributors: Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP

© Copyright 2015 LifeLearn Inc. Used and/or modified with permission under license.



16-08-19 WOLF TUCKER


Wolf Tucker is a raw food company, run fromt he South of England and they have asked us to let you know they are offering 10% off raw dog food and bones today. So if you are interested please pop over to their website by clicking HERE



15-08-19 MIDNIGHT

 



15-08-19 COCKAPOOS

 



14-08-19 HAPPY DOGS, HAPPY SYLVIA!

 



13-08-19 MEET OUR NEWEST ARRIVALS

Here we have a video of some of our latest dogs on their journey to Many Tears.

Here at the rescue we also have some wonderful puppies who will be available for adoption very soon....
 
And lastly but by no means the least... meet beautiful Billy!!

 



11-08-19 GRACE



10-08-19 THIS IS QUIDS IN


Please look at the little video I have made for Quids In - a beautiful puppy who is here at Many Tears. She has had so many people walk past her and not even glance at her. She is a truly wonderful little puppy! It is not her fault she is not fluffy, or doesnt have a curly coat or look like a little teddy bear. She is pretty too with her short coat, wagging tail and brilliant personality. Please consider this friendly little girl
 



06-08-19 MANY TEARS DOG SHOW & OPEN DAY





This years Many Tears Dog Show and Open Day was another huge success. Although some expenses will need to be deducted we took a wonderful £7,177.43 on the day and are so grateful to everyone who helped us with this, especially at these difficult times with so many dogs needing costly specialist care.

My thanks to the supporters who helped us organise the event who never want to be named but who worked so hard to make it a success, and to all the stall holders and volunteers (some travelling a long way to be with us) who donated their time to run superb stalls. These are

Sarah, Jane and Maria - Cakes
Caroline, Gail, Jacky, Jess and April - Sandwiches and hand crafted dog merchandise
Wendy, Chelsea and Joyce - Make Me An Offer
Rosey & Ellie - Ice creams
Kirsty, Caroline, Maisie and Shelby - MT Merchandise
Susan, Stuart, Steph, Janice and Ros - Hot Food
Julie Forrester & friend - Box Tombola
Adrienne, Eloise, Nick and myself - Tombola
Claire, Louise and Tony Barret - Mugs & Candles
Roger & Clair  - Cymru Pet Supplies
Chantel - Books
Jane - Dog Bows and other items
Crystabel Photography
Abigail, Elke, Cathy, Kelly and Kim - Booking In Dog Classes
Rhys, Luke and Amelie - Scurry
Linda and Graham - Hand Crafted Items
Kate - Fused Glass Jewellery
Bob - Temptation Alley
Coral - Face Painting
Sue and Ros - Wooden Items
Paula - Fused Glass Items
Oonagh - Dog Beds and Plants

I would also like to sincerely thank the businesses who helped us including:
Bar and Catering Supplies of Manselton, Swansea who kindly provided the fuel to ensure that barbecue was kept running on full throughout the day
Rees Sounds for the donation of a great tannoy for the day.
Emerald Vets for sponsoring the trophies this year
Tussie Mussie Flowers, Haverfordwest who donated beautiful bouquets for our guest judges.

My gratitude to our judges this year who were Welsh rugby star Ross Moriarty, actor Liam Fox and Jojo Entwistle who had the very difficult challenge of judging our fun dog show and found it immensely difficult to pick amongst all the beautiful dogs in their classes. Liam and Jojo also acted as our commentators and DJs and did a fantastic job at announcing classes, making show announcements, providing general entertainment and acting as DJs playing great music which was so well received by al.  They chose great songs for musical sits was a huge success enjoyed by all and the decision between the final two dogs was a very close run thing.

Thanks also to the team of car park attendants from Admiral Group who did a marvellous job and got everyone parked quickly which was invaluable. My thanks also goes to my staff who came and ran stalls on their days off and to everyone who entered the dogs in the classes and took part in the scurry and temptation alley which gave the dogs a chance to let of steam and Caerphilly and District Agility Team who once again put on wonderful agility demonstrations which were very entertaining to watch and also gave people the chance for their dogs to have a go at agility.

Finally thank you to all our visitors who came to have a wonderful fun day out and support the rescue, many of whom brought their dogs - it was truly wonderful to see them groomed, glowing with health and happy with their proud owners - at the end of the day, it's what its all about!

A big THANK YOU to every one of you.
Sylvia xx



01-08-19 DAKARI



31-07-19 DAKARI


We finally have confirmation that poor Dakari has Megaesophagus.  We are doing everything we can to help her.



31-07-19 - I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY BILL IS COMPLAINING!

WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY BAD LANGUAGE YOU MAY HEAR IN THIS VIDEO

 



28-07-19 DAKARI & COURAGE

DAKARI


COURAGE



28-07-19 MT DOG SHOW

We are working hard to pull our annual dog show together. We have been really lucky that Welsh rugby star Ross Moriarty is going to judge some classes. There will be an opportunity to be meet and be photographed with him also. We are hoping many will come and support and see the work we are doing. Hope to see you all there.



22-07-19 DAKARI


Dakari had a 45 minute reiki treatment yesterday.  She was scared at first but after 5 min she fell asleep on the lady's lap.  She is eating this morning and but there is still a long way to go.
 



19-07-19 WE ARE AT ARDINGLY!

 

As you can see we are battling the rain at Ardingly. Please do come down and help us, support us, chat to us and help us make our stall the success we really need it to be! We are at Ardingly Showground RH17 6TH this weekend.



12-07-19 Dakari's progress

 


Please take a moment to see how beautiful Dakari is. We have all fallen for this beautiful, gentle soul

 



11-07-19 DAKARI

 



09-07-19 MEET LYN



08-07-19 DAKARI


This was Dakari last night, as you can see progress is being made in small steps and we are hoping to introduce her to a new friend to keep her company later today.

 



07-07-19 DAKARI



06-07-19 DAKARI


A day later and Dakari is on a drip but is eating a little. She loves her little tedDy dog that someone has so kindly sent her. Please continue you thoughts and prayers for this little beauty.



05-07-19 DAKARI


Dakari is still a very poorly dog. Please keep her in your thoughts or prayers.



01-07-19 DAKARI



28-06-19 COLLIES!


It's very hard to work with these beautiful, wonderful little distractions!!



26-06-19 AMAZING STAFF & GOOD HUMOUR HELP ME THROUGH

Yesterday having had a very long journey collecting dogs from all over Ireland, 29 of which were passported from the South, I decided to take the early boat home. This however, meant a longer drive on the other end for us from port to the rescue but still brought me home earlier meaning the dogs were on the van for less time.
My co-driver and writer Kelly was, as always magnificent, and despite when loading dogs getting covered in shot anal glands and much more, she remained happy, helpful and smiling throughout, despite the fact that the pair of us stank!
On arrival home at 2am this morning, a HUGE amount of staff turned up voluntarily to help unload these new arrivals and settle them in to their new kennels.  I have never run a rescue with more dedicated dog lovers than these guys. They all help me stay strong and you all help me go on saving lives.
THANK YOU you're all amazing.!!!!!



21-06-19 CLAIRE & TERRY SLEIGH



10-06-19 THANK YOU

This is a huge thank you to Emma and Isla, Bliss and wonderful Joyce, super strong and cheerful Rhys and wonderful Chelsea who all made up the team at Newbury and enabled us to raise £3,836.91.  It’s been a long hard hard slog scrimping and saving all we can to have things to sell at the show. Thank You also Thames Agility for giving us a free stand and all the wonderful agility people who love and train their fantastic dogs (many of which are Many Tears dogs)  so well.
I could not do this without you all.
Sylvia x



04-06-19 MIDNIGHT

 

Midnight has come such a long way!



04-06-19 PRUDENCE

Please watch Prudences video and see how special this little spaniel girl is. She arrived with us in considerable pain and has been to the vets to have X-Rays done.

Prudence needs cruciate surgery ASAP to help her feel more comofrtable and enable her to move around without pain and have the life she deserves. This doesn't come cheap and even with a very generous and kind discount we need to raise approximately £2,700 for her. If you can help at all please, please do.

Our funds are so low but she desperately needs this. To donate please send us a cheque marked for Prudence or donate via her GoFundMe page.



03-06-19 A SMALL THANK YOU FROM THE DOGS


Bob and Terry Bolding arrived today with a mass of hanging baskets to brighten this place and our moods.

Jenny, one of our staff members also brought in some planters.  Thank you it so makes a difference!

In the picture is also Louise, who worked till the late hours in the vets.
Thank you to everyone who helped us get through a tricky weekend and the two vets who drove from London to volunteer.

 

The dogs-cannot day thank you.... But I can
Sylvia x



01-06-19 REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR DOGS CLAWS


This is what happens if you don't check your dog's claws.  Such a sweet and forgiving dog.



26-05-19 SANA


Sana was rescued from the streets of Romania. She is terrified of life, but never growls or bites, she just hides. She would have seen her friends being dragged and some clubbed to death. She is good with dogs and the staff have taught her to walk on a lead, but she needs a forever home with another dog. Please share her story and help her.
https://www.manytearsrescue.org/display_mtar_dog.php?id=25087



24-05-19 MIDNIGHT AND GINGE


One of our staff lost a beloved dog this week , as she came to work feeling sad she met Ginge - a semi-feral cat that hangs out at the barn here, and it brought a big smile to her face.

 

 

 

Animals have a way of lifting our spirits. Look how far Midnight has come, from an almost write- off  of a dog ....to this. We are so proud of her progress, however outside she is still very trying and extremely mistrustful still.

 



24-05-19 THIS IS ANDY


Andy was rescued from Ireland at about 15 weeks old . She was too scared to walk and sounded like a bottle of water slopping as I carried her. She was starving and clearly very unwell.
We took her to a vets who X-rayed her and told us she had a Grade 5 out of 5 heart murmur and megaesophagus .  A specialist then saw her and said there was nothing that could be done for her This video is of her today about 8 years on!!!!!
We are blessed to have her share our lives.



21-05-19 A SAD GOODBYE

We had to let Chloe go today.  Her body was shuting down and the vet felt it was a kindness to help her on her way.  Thank you all for your help in trying to save her.
Sylvia



20-05-20 I FEAR WE MAY BE LOSING CHLOE

This was Chloe last night

and this is the dear girl today. I am totally broken. All the hours sitting with her getting to know her and letting her steal my heart, and I fear we are now losing her.

This is Chloe at about  7:30pm - I will check on her throughout the night.

 



18-05-19 CHLOE

I woke up this morning having got up 4 times in the night to check on the dogs that are on drips and these next few days are critical. I need green tripe, if anyone is visiting or wants to donate something very valuable to ill dogs this is what’s needed. We will be out first thing trying to source a little. It could keep Cloe going for much longer. If you met her you’d fight for her life too.



18-05-19 A SAD DAY



CHLOE'S VIDEO



16-05-19 A LITTER OF PUPS ALL NEEDING HOMES


This litter of cross breed pups arrived today and have not had the best start in life.  All need committed and loving homes where they will be socialised and trained.



16-05-16 AN AMZING OPPORTUNING FOR AN EQUINE MANAGER

An amazing opportunity is opening up in June and we’re looking for the perfect candidate that will fall in love with this role.

Position - Equine Manager

Description - You will be responsible for the care of 7 rescue equines and 1 donkey. This includes offering a variety of mentally and physically stimulating exercise, a solid daily routine and happy life. You will be responsible for worming program, feeding, orders, social media, farrier and dentist etc along with yard duties. Ideally we are looking for someone who will be able to continue our equine program, running groups and stable management lessons for adults and children, giving confidence and making sure the partakers have a happy experience at the rescue. The groups coming include home schooled children, those who are lonely, who have disabilities, and those from children’s homes, and many others.

Requirements - We are looking for someone with a good friendly happy nature and one who understands our challenging welsh weather! You must be a kind, confident and experienced rider, able to lunge and enthusiastic to learn round penning skills and clicker training. You do not need qualifications, however we need someone with the knowledge and experience of a minimum of BHS Stage 3. You must have a kind, empathetic yet confident character and be reliable. You must have the desire to move the horse program forwards, do updates and blogs on our website, be physically fit and very reliable. Hours - Monday - Friday 8-4 and cover on weekends if needed. If you feel this role is made for you please email Sylvia at  swvanatta@gmail.com



14-05-19 MEET SOME OF THE DOGS WAITING FOR THEIR FOREVER HOMES


These are just a few of the dogs waiting to be picked.  If you see one you are interested in please look for them on the Dogs Looking for Homes page and complete it's application form.



11-05-19 A WALK AROUND THE RESCUE

So this place is like a sponge, as I walk round from kennel to kennel, from one staff member to another I soak up their feelings.  Some I may imagine, some hit me. All stick with me.
The tears of a staff member as they cuddle a sad dog, the Yorkie hiding in the back of her kennel, the soulful boxer. The hopelessness of some their gazes.
People complain of rows with their neighbours, the people in the office etc etc. They let these little nothings consume them, however they are nothings. I wish they would come and use their energies on those crying out for help, often silently hiding in a corner. Sometimes these are canine, sometimes they are human. This video is a snippet of a daily walk around.

 



04-05-19 A WONDERFUL SATURDAY

 

What a wonderful Saturday.
Coffee in the Cabin Day went so well today - not only raising an amazing £463.06 of funds to help us continue but is also great to see so many happy faces.
I was missing all the fun and friendship as I was vet nursing but then a busker called Adam Wed came to cheer us all up in the surgery! I video'd one of his songs and I hope you agree it was lovely for us and the dogs to have such a treat to hear Adamas talent.
I want to thank all the amazing supporters who made the day so successful
And thank Adam for making us all happy!



02-05-19 A VERY SAD DAY

Decision making where lives are involved sucks.  A dear little dacs who slipped a disc was called in yesterday afternoon.  We all jumped through hoops and Bob Boulding was amazing and drove her all the way to High Wickham to Hamilton Vets who specialise in cases like these and they were also truly amazing. 
However after the X-rays and an MIR scan I was called to say her chance of survival were less than 10% and death would be painful and terrible if that happened. 
I was given 15 minutes to decide  what I wanted to do and so I reluctantly made the decision to have her put to sleep.  This is such a hard decision to have to make and everyone here is just full of sadness for this poor girl.  Please light a candle and remember her.
It's been a really rubbish day.



01-05-19 Happy Birthday Bill

I am back from Ireland exhausted but pleased all are here and comfy (Bar me!) It’s Bill my husbands birthday but all I had time to get him was a tacky pen off the ferry.
I thought tonight could be relaxed but instead with two puppy pens in the sitting room and 7 little yippers...  I doubt it will be.

I got home to more worries. There is a poor ex breeding bitch Dachshund off her legs, unable to walk.
This probably means a spinal injury. The last two cost £8000 and only because the operations are capped at £4000 each by a lovely specialist vet.
Bob has agreed to do the emergency drive to high High Wickham,as time is crucial, and sadly I am too exhausted to drive any further.
Worry should have been my middle name.... I am an expert!!!



28-04-19 TOILET ROLLS!!!

Today I decided to try to run a weekly diary.  Some weeks I may write a few entries, others I will make myself write at least one entry. They will be both sad entries and happy ones. Some may be about the rescue, others just about life.
I am just a normal person from a normal loving family who has a huge love of dogs. I am like you I am sad and have my heart full of despair and often broken, but I have amazing times too. All of these I will try to put in writing. It may help you to understand the rescues work, it may help you to see others are like you - I hope so.
I am not running a blog to be noticed, congratulated or praised. I am doing it in hope that dogs may benefit from this. So hear goes.

It’s Sunday night, I am thinking if I do something constructive tonight I will have earn the right to relax. I worked from 5.30am till now 7pm, but only did one extra job, as just the usual running of the rescue takes up the day.
However once indoors I had a bath and firstly thought of the toilet roll problem (as in not having enough).  The reason I thought of this was my pup was practicing Labrador fame by pulling the toilet roll of the wall and tearing round with it till I climbed out of the bath to remove it. Just such a small problem, but someone has to buy it and it’s always Bill.  
No one ever says we are running out till it’s all gone.  Then our home is raided and if Brave , Frankley or Recon have got to it first all we have to offer is tatters and that’s what happened today.  I would smile but Bill has only just bought more, yet bath time with the dogs, (which is a regular occurrence) seems to more than often end up with torn up toilet paper.
Hopes and dreams are often born in the bath and today was one of those days that ideas just never stopped coming. I managed to write them down with a wet hand onto a scrap of paper with an eye brow pencil. I am not much into make up, however it’s extremely useful some times.
Tomorrow I am off to pick up dogs in Ireland. This takes loads of co-ordination and planning to try to make it easy and stress free for me and to make the journey affectively. I drive from Southern Ireland picking up passported dogs to the north, then home. I listen to talking books, and my co-driver helps me. We water, feed and exercise some on route, and pray the sea is kind the roads are clear and we can stay strong.
The tiny, sad or young are sometimes snuck up to our cabin and sleep snuggled under our chins. We joke we are going on a cruise, but we both know that truly it’s far from that. Getting dinner in the truckers lounge is probably very different from a cruise, although I doubt you would ever get kinder or friendlier staff in any place than the freight staff of Stenna Line, who try so hard to cater for me a vegan, without smiles and sniggers.
Ireland is friendly and beautiful and helping the dogs is a privilege not a burden. Toilet rolls will be bought, and life goes on. I will write more as the days pass. The great thing that happened today was 29 dogs went to foster homes. 29 dogs in loving educational homes. 29 sprung from or jail! Bloody brilliantl!!  I wish they did not spend their time here in jail, but  all we can offer till spayed or neutered is kennels and I always feel like that’s jail; despite the love and care we give.



24-04-19 Dog Show August 4th 2019

Our second show is coming up at the beginning of August.
We want it to be special, as the better name more publicity and further interest in the rescue will result in more dogs homed and more dogs lives saved. However we are struggling and desperately need able bodies to donate their time to helping at the show.
The types of jobs range from car park attendant to walking around selling refreshments, helping man stalls, being a ring steward, or coming with cakes etc. you have made to donate for the cake stall.

We cannot run like we do without a lot of amazing people supporting me. Could you, your friend, a partner, or son or daughter promise to help that day??
If so PLEASE let me know on swvanatta@gmail.com

THANK YOU
Sylvia x

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22-04-19 IS ANYONE ABLE TO HELP ME?

Is anyone able to help me this year at the two agility shows we are lucky enough to have stalls at.  The dates are 8th and 9th of June at Thames Agility Show at Newbury Showground and the second show is on 20th and 21st July at Ardingly Showground.  We would set up the day before each show opens so that means 7th June at  the Thames Agility Show and 19th July at Ardingly.
These shows are a very important event for us as they help us fund some of the huge specialist operations to save some of our dogs lives.
Please only make the commitment if you can definitely help and email me at swvanatta@gmail.com to let me know.
Thank you
Sylvia



21-04-19 DOGUE DE BORDEAUX PUPS

These beautiful pups are only 5 months old.   They are having surgery on their eyes tomorrow as they have cherry eye.   They have little understanding of cuddles and kisses but are leaning. As they are Dogue de Bordeaux’s they will be big when fully grown. Please come and meet them - they need time, love and patience.



 



11-04-19 SIA'S HAPPY ENDING


I'm so pleased to be able to share this wonderful video of Sia in her new home.  Such a lovely happy ending for a girl who has suffered so much and I wanted to share this with everyone, especially those who helped her on her way to happiness.



29-03-19 I AM ASKING FOR EVERYONE'S HELP

In celebration of living with your wonderful dog or dogs, please support Mandy’s dream of fundraising for us. She is an amazing supporter of Many Tears who also is struggling on her own, (bar her dogs of course) with MS. She so wanted to help us, so after a long thought decided to organise a national challenge that people everywhere of all abilities could join. However this cannot work without your support.   WE need your help…. For the love of dogs, please partake.
Thank you Sylvia.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE CLOSES ON 31 MARCH 2019.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK

https://www.manytearsrescue.org/page_.php?i=99



19-03-19 MY MT STREET FAMILY

This morning Bill and I woke up to this lovely email from Cheryl who holds several street collections for us each year and I just wanted to share it with you.

Email from Cheryl


























We had 9 volunteers and 9 dogs turn out. I wish you could have felt the positive energy!  It was truly uplifting.
Thank you for giving Lorraine Hodson (she is an outstanding volunteer) two new shiney red collection  buckets!!!   When a professional photographer Tails Of Wales volunteered to shoot the collection they stood out like beacons amongst the dogs.  He took pics of the dogs tapping the cans with their paws, etc. Great exposure on social media.
We rallied to Sylvia's voice and raised £388 (unratified), all standing outside Verdis, making a visual splash.  We will do another 'emergency' collection on 5 April. We know you need lump sums really but every little helps.
Just wanted you to know there's an immense energy, love and gratitude out there for you, Sylvia and the MT dogs.
Go well.  Warm wishes
Cheryl, Gem, Dizzy & B'ati
Your MTAR 'street family'
 

 



14-13-19 YESTERDAY WAS A LONG DAY



It’s 4am I am on the ferry on the way home from Ireland. My cargo is over 70 ex-breeding or orphaned dogs that are in desperate need of their own homes. Some are in need of extensive grooming, some are in need of need of operations to remove tumours, others need dentals. Some are quiet and snuggled with their pals in their crate, some desperate for my attention, but all without exception are heart breakers and a huge responsibility to get them home safe.
The journey has taken us through strong winds , driving rain and long long delays.  My wonderful companions Kelly, Boo and the naughty Frankey have kept me going (as well as a good audio book).
As we travel via freight Boo and Franky will be rewarded with a sausage that freight drivers can choose for breakfast along with trucker breakfasts, compliment of Stenna.line. I am a vegan so pickings for me are slim, so sneaking a few sausages seems ok to me!
We will arrive late at Liverpool, and have to drive back. For us humans we worry for the dogs all the way. On arrival all the staff will hurriedly get the dogs of the van, comfort them, feed them and settle them. It all has to run smoothly for the dog's sakes and generally it does - all bar the weather.
So here I am unable to see the dogs, unable to sleep, waiting, hoping all is well and they are comfortable and asleep (unlike me).
The next challenges are to get home, get the dogs seen-by the vet, wormed, inoculated spayed/castrated, ears, eyes, teeth, hernias, lumps etc seen and addressed at some point too.  They need to be socialised as much as possible and homed. All this is a huge and costly endeavour, all possible because of 52 great staff, amazing volunteers, fosteres, adopters and donations. Please carry on supporting, we are like no other rescue, but with out you all we are nothing.



10-03-19 SKY

Yesterday we were asked by a vet to take in a German Shepherd who had been handed to them as a stray.  Her chip was not up-to-date but her name was given as Sky.  It is a legal requirement that any dog handed in as a stray has to go to the Dog Warden and so we were asked to hold her until Monday as they are closed over the weekend.  We posted about her on Facebook to see if anyone could help trace her and have recevied several calls from people who say they know about her and one person who says she is theirs as you will see at the end of the video.

 



07-03-19 A PROBLEM SHARED....

If you are a supporter of Many Tears you may have seen we are crowd funding for £10,000.    I felt I wanted to share my worries, they say a worry shared is a worry halved....  but I think that's probably a load of crap.

It is said "Money is the route to all evil" but actually greed is.  For money is what keeps us and everyone alive.  The cost of running this rescue is extreme and I think in some departments more extreme than any other rescue in the UK.  I want to explain the last statement.

As you all know we specialise in helping dogs from breeders that are no longer needed. Despite what some think, some of those I work with actually do want their dogs to have a chance of a home and trust Many Tears to prepare the dogs as best they can to help them find a foster home or forever home. This means giving the usual inoculations, wormers and flea or mange treatments if needed but then we do operations to neuter, clean and remove teeth, repair eyes, limbs and even hearts plus so so much more.

Some breeders do sell their dogs that are retired and those they cannot sell may be given to us along with huge medical bills.  Lately we are getting more and more of these poor dogs along with the huge financial veterinary bills that have to be spent to mend them.

We never refuse an ex breeding dog, any breed age, sex, or physical problem, and if the day came that this policy was changed I would step away from the rescue.

Some people think I just ask and thousands of pounds just pours in.  Sometimes breeders think I personally am a millionaire, as I turn up with good well equipped vans and take all no matter what they may need when others turn them down.  Some think the huge amount of dogs we home more than pays our bills and we must be making loads of extra money, however they are so wrong.

As far as I know, we have less staff caring for and home more dogs than most other rescues in the UK.  Our standards are high - all our dogs go out for exercise three times a day, all are fed loved and groomed.  They have clean washed bedding once or twice a day and they have heated kennels. Anyone wanting a dog is interviewed and home checked so well that this is the biggest criticism of the rescue as so many are turned down.  All of that takes up staff and volunteers time.

We currently have 52 staff, some full time some part time.  The wages are over £50,000 a month.  Over the years the government has made it even harder on us and any other small business.  Just when we finally recover from the last minimum wage increase, there is another around the corner. The pension scheme we had to start and then pay into for employees is going up again as well.    There is no longer any help with sick pay where there used to be.   All this bleeds us more and more, yes they are small changes on the surface but they add up and in return the government do not help.

The company we buy our veterinary supplies from cost us between £7,000-£12,000 a month.  We have skips to empty and vans to service, insure and fuel.  Then there are specialist vets bills to pay, often costing around 10 thousand a month along with water rates, electricity bills, council rates, and so much more.

After so many draining months it is now clear to me we are sinking.  Other rescues are happy to  offer to take some of our dogs as they think that will help us but they are not happy to refund the huge costs of picking up the dogs.  The Irish dogs cost us £8,650 in ferry fees a year and the passports around 21,000 pouns a year, plus fuel and running costs. Then there is the driver and co-drivers  fee although at present I do all driving free with a volunteer to save these costs. 

I know it is all about saving lives, but without funds we just cannot.  The big rescues (many homing less than us with more staff) have plenty of money.  We  sit on very little, choosing to always help all dogs in need we can. Maybe the big rescues are the clever ones but I ways felt donated money was for the dogs not for the bank.  This blog could run on and on, but the bottom line is we are slowly going broke so please help.



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