With an estimated 600 million stray dogs worldwide, it would be unrealistic to believe that rehoming alone can solve this growing problem. Around 1.2 million puppies are born every single day* – a number that far exceeds demand from potential adopters. Which is why we’re committed to funding sterilisation initiatives, along with education and welfare programmes which can prevent the problem from growing any further.
*Tragically, around 80% of these puppies will die before reaching adolescence – a brutal indicator of just how harsh life on the streets is.
But for those dogs already battling against starvation and neglect, rehoming provides the only hope of a safe future. Every dog deserves shelter, food and security – but the gift of a home where they can be loved and treated to the care and attention that all dogs need, is incomparable.
Our adoption work between 2015 – 2022 saw us find homes for 2,026 dogs, enabling them to thrive rather than just survive. Originating from 14 countries across Europe and Asia, from Lesvos to Lebanon, Bulgaria to Bahrain; puppies, adult, elderly and less able dogs have all been given the opportunity to live the lives they deserved from the outset.
It’s wonderful when stray dogs are given a second chance at life and the opportunity to thrive in loving family homes; we’re so grateful to our incredible adopters who chose to open their hearts and homes to a stray dog in need. Here’s an insight into some of our adoption stories.
With a love of running as fast as she can, Ginger has brought immeasurable joyful energy to her home! A true Daddy’s girl, she is just a wonderful, gentle-natured soul and the house now feels strange and empty when she’s not there.
It was love at first sight when Frodo arrived, and life for his adopter has become unrecognisable. Not only has he gained a best friend, there’s also more stability, routine, exercise and less loathing of winter!
Sadie and her adopter bonded whilst navigating the settling in period together; an overwhelming time not completely knowing what to do, they just hung out and learnt together. An absolute joy to be around, Sadie and the household cats all now rub along together just fine.
When Hazel’s adopters first laid eyes on this floppy eared pup, they knew she was the one. Though having a tough start in life, she has always been a loving girl, choosing to spend most of her time belly-up after a good scratch!
Berry’s adopters’ heart skipped a beat when she saw her profile and read her story. They have loved watching Berry’s character emerge and she has brought love and enjoyment to everyone in their family.
Jasper’s adopters fell in love with him immediately when they saw his online profile. Their lives have been turned upside down by his arrival, but in the best possible way! Jasper has been the perfect addition to their home and family and they couldn’t imagine life without him.
Daphne’s adopters fell in love with her straight away after learning that she was looking for a home with lots of adventure; they knew that they had found their perfect companion to join them on their long hikes. Daphne lost no time in investigating her new surroundings and was snuggled up on the sofa in no time! She took a bit longer to adjust to the outside world and other dogs, but with a combination of patience and tasty treats, Daphne has blossomed into a brave, confident girl.
Bobche’s sweet face and kind eyes immediately stood out to his adopters, and on arrival home he was soon sharing his cheeky character and snuggling up on the sofa with his new humans. Walks were initially a challenge, but with time and support, Bobche’s confidence grew and now not a day goes by without him bringing a smile to his adopters’ faces or making them laugh.
Mako immediately stole both of her adopters’ hearts, even before they’d met her! The first week after arrival was intense for them all; she was clearly nervous of men, but her adopters worked hard to gain her trust, and now they couldn’t imagine a more perfect dog for them. She takes everything in her stride and has transformed from a nervous, timid dog to a very confident and relaxed pet.
Rula, a little blonde beauty from Romania, snuggled up into the safety of her adopters’ arms on arrival before tentatively getting used to her new surroundings. The outside world took a bit of getting used to, but after lots of gentle coaxing she eventually realised that it was a wonderful place with lots of new things to sniff and lots of squirrels to chase! As time went on she came out of her shell and developed into an extremely intelligent, cheeky and playful pup.
The moment Pippa’s adopters saw her online profile, it was a case of ‘that’s our dog’! Pippa arrived petrified and stressed, but within half an hour she’d climbed into the cosy bed set up for her. Pippa is the very definition of emotional resilience; her adopters have been astounded by her! Determined not to be scared, she takes everything in her stride and is insanely affectionate – placing a paw on her adopters’ arm to let them know she wants to be fussed.
Buster arrived as a very traumatised little dog, and to begin with he was wary and afraid of absolutely everything. A few months later he became relaxed enough to be his happy self; and fully integrated into the family, he has been entertaining them with his playful antics ever since!
Sally’s adopters were looking for a friend for their other Wild at Heart Foundation dog, Freddie, and as soon as they saw photos of Sally, they fell in love! Luckily for all, both dogs got on from the first moment and they’ve been either chasing each other around the garden or snoozing ever since!
Found in a cramped crate in Lebanon following an amputation, no one seemed to know what had happened to Pete. Initially fostered here in the UK, after a couple of months his carers couldn’t imagine their lives without Pete and they went on to adopt him! With lots of love and support Pete adapted well to his new life; building up strength and stamina, he now he enjoys adventures around the countryside, bringing an abundance of joy into his adopters’ lives.
Jasmin’s adopters were instantly moved by her story of resilience and trust; she had been kept in a warehouse in Lebanon and beaten daily, but luckily someone stepped in to save her. Sadly, one of her legs had to be amputated but despite everything she had been through, Jasmin still just wanted to be comforted and loved by humans. Understandably, it took several months for Jasmin to settle into her new life, but she gradually became a different dog, whizzing between rooms and snuggling up on the sofa!
Hector’s adopters saw his photo and immediately knew he was the one for them – he arrived, chose which bed he was having and slept right through the first night! He loves everybody he meets and is very friendly, although he does want to sort out the squirrel population! He also learnt quickly that there’s a good chance of a digestive biscuit when the coffee machine goes on. His adopters wouldn’t have it any other way.
When they came across Delilah, her adopters felt she would be the perfect fit for their family. Naturally anxious at first as she adjusted to her new surroundings, Delilah was guided to settle with her adopters finding the right balance of patience, and knowing when to give her extra encouragement to expose her to new things. From her excited ‘morning dance’, to watching the relationship blossom between her and her four-legged big sister Freda, Delilah has brought an abundance of joy into her adopters’ lives.
Foxy’s adopter was looking for a companion for her collie and despite a few grumpy moments, the boys get along famously! You can usually find them playing together or curled up on the sofa with their adopter. Foxy has some challenging behaviours which his adopter was happy to take on and the first few weeks were difficult; but with consistent positive reinforcement training, the episodes got less and less and Foxy sealed his place in his adopters’ heart the first time he fell asleep on her.
After being found on a dump in Cyprus at 4 weeks old, and although nervous for the first 24 hours, Ace soon gained confidence and quickly made himself at home and hasn’t looked back! Being amazing with both the kids and cats, Ace has brought so much fun and love to his adopters’ home.
Miley was unanimously chosen by her family, and arrived a few weeks later tired, skinny and a bit smelly, but lapping up the attention she found coming her way. She’s a gentle soul who springs into life to chase a ball! Later joined by Buddy, she became a patient big sister to her cute and funny stick chewing little brother; if they’re not engaging in play, they’re snuggled up together keeping each other company.
Tia has turned out to be just the most loving, funny, goofy, playful and adorable dog anyone could ask for! She gets on with all other dogs and was an absolute superstar from the minute she was put into her adopters’ arms – she happily licked her joyful tears away with so much gusto that she knew she had the sweetest nature.
Her ‘scruffy little fluff bag’ website profile was immediately shared with Bunny’s adopters’ boyfriend and his response was ‘that’s our dog’. On arrival, this ball of white fluff bounded over to them, licked their faces and rolled over for a tummy rub; and just like that, they were in love. Adolescence proved challenging, with Bunny’s second fear period being quite pronounced, but her adopters learnt how to keep her feeling safe by building her trust in them. The bond that grew between them as a result has been incredibly gratifying.
Casper’s ‘adopt me’ eyes and cute big floppy ears sealed the decision to adopt. He brings so much joy with his good nature and kind demeanour that everyone falls in love with him! Bringing Casper a friend to grow up with with the arrival of Tarka helped make their adopters’ house a home.
Discovered, locked up and abandoned, Velvet and Daphne came as a bonded pair. On arrival they were exhausted, disorientated and frightened. There have been a few behaviour niggles from time to time; but their heartwarming bravery at navigating their new lives, how keen they are to learn, and how quick to be kind and sociable they are has made the adoption experience both fulfilling and thrilling.
Whilst all of the dogs we’ve helped into adoptive homes over the years have backstories which warrant telling, every now and then, a dog comes along who has overcome some truly enormous hurdles. We created our Remarkable Rescue fund to help dogs in serious need of veterinary treatment – without which, they wouldn’t have a chance of survival. Your donations changed these inspirational dogs’ lives, so thank you.
One of the oldest breeds in the world, Salukis have been bred for centuries and admired for their speed and stamina. In Bahrain, the intense demand on dogs to perform well and win races leads to such abhorrent practices as injecting them with human steroids. As you can imagine, these “experiments” fail horrendously with horrific results. In 2020, Sampson, Sadie and Suki were left with permanent limb damage, deemed unnecessary burdens and dumped with a bleak future ahead of them. Luckily, with our support, they are now living their very best lives in the UK.
Mitya suffered appalling cruelty through having his nose, tail and ears cut off as a very young puppy in Russia in 2019. He was abandoned in the woods, having to fend for himself with an uncertain future. Luck intervened when Mitya was spotted cowering in bushes by someone who had read about Peggy’s story; patience, kind words and lots of chicken eventually coaxed him out from his hiding place and there began his road to recovery. Multiple attempts at surgery to rebuild his nose in Russia failed, and so in early 2020 we supported him to receive specialist care here in the UK, where he now lives the life he deserved from the outset with his adoptive family.
Just as the world was entering into the Christmas spirit, in December 2018 we were alerted to the direst of tales. A puppy had been discovered in a field in Romania, abandoned in a box with her ears and tail cut off and – most disturbing of all – her entire nose gouged out. This is the story of Peggy. In 2019 we supported her to receive the specialist care she required here in the UK, and in spite of the atrocities she endured, she remains a sweet, loving and trusting dog who is now living her best life with her forever family.
Maggie was found in Lebanon in 2018 tied up on the side of the road. Both eyes had been shot out, one ear cut off, Maggie was pregnant and had been left for dead. Later, x-rays showed the true extent of her abuse; Maggie’s skull and torso were so peppered with pellets that it became clear she had been shot, likely used as ‘target practice’ over and over. We supported her medical needs whilst in Lebanon and enabled this resilient and one-of-a-kind girl to begin her new life later in 2018 in a loving home here in the UK.
Millie was very young when she was shot in the face at close range in 2019 in Russia. She lost part of her nose and has a severely shortened muzzle where most of her jaw shattered and couldn’t be saved. Although she was able to breathe through a makeshift tube, this came loose soon after her arrival with Mitya to the UK; thanks to funding raised by us, Millie was fitted with a permanent metal implant which allows her to breathe and eat as comfortably as any dog. She certainly doesn’t let anything dampen her spirits, and she’s a girl with the biggest of personalities loving life with her adopted sister Maggie!