This Couple Couldn’t Decide Which Dogs to Save at a Run Down Shelter, So They Bought the Whole Thing
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
When a married couple from King City, Canada visited an animal shelter in Israel back in January, they never thought they would end up taking home all of the dogs.
Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg founded Dogs Tales rescue shelter in 2014. The shelter helps rehabilitate elderly, abused, and disabled dogs. The dogs are walked eight times a day on the 50-acre facility which features walking trails, large fenced-in enclosures, and therapy pools.
Together Eden and Scheinberg find shelters all over the world to visit, like in January when they took a trip to Israel.
“Danielle and Rob have four dogs of their own who they found on the street in Israel,” Clare Forndran, Dog Tales’ media specialist, shared with BuzzFeed. “Since they’re both from Israel, they love rescuing dogs from this place that holds significance for them.”
However, Eden was brought to tears as soon as she entered one specific shelter. It was filled with rats, the kennels were overpacked with dogs, and the dogs were covered in sores and ticks, making it a very unhealthy and unsafe way for them to live.
“When Danielle visits other shelters, she’ll usually make a list of 10 to 20 dogs with serious medical needs and she’ll bring them back to Dog Tales where we can care for them,” Forndran explained. “But this situation was different.”
Instead of the typical 10 to 20 dogs they normally bring home, Eden decided to buy the entire shelter, including the 250 dogs that came with it. Eden extended her trip to convert the shelter and began to give the dogs the help they needed.
“She immediately brought in vets as the dogs were in need of urgent medical care,” Forndran shared. “She also hired a crew to clean up the shelter and put the dogs on healthy diets. Shortly thereafter, 90 dogs were relocated within Israel to shelters that Danielle has worked with in the past where the dogs will be properly cared for and have the best chance at adoption.”
Once the remaining 150 dogs are strong enough, Eden plans to bring them back to Canada. The dogs also appeared to be more lively and have come out of their shells since receiving proper care. Because of the excellent treatment, it led to a spike in adoption.
“After a week, the dogs started to relax. They could tell we were going to take care of them,” Forndran said. “People have practically been fighting over them.”
Check out some footage of the rescue below.
Israel Shelter ProjectWe would like to take a moment to fill everyone in on an enormous project that we have taken on here at Dog Tales. The creation of our entire shelter was inspired by four incredible dogs that were rescued from the streets of Israel. In honour of this, our founders regularly travel to Israel to find dogs in need and bring them back to Canada for a second chance at a happy life. On our trips to Israel we visit local shelters and work with the staff and volunteers to make lists of 10-20 dogs at a time to bring to our rescue. On these trips we look for the difficult cases- dogs that are senior, dogs that have disabilities, and dogs that have been waiting for a home the longest. Making these lists is gut wrenching , however it is usually quite clear which dogs need our help the most.Earlier in the year we were taken to a shelter in Israel that we had never been to before. The conditions were shocking. To say that the shelter was overcrowded is an understatement, with more than 250 dogs crammed into a space with the capacity for 70. There were as many as 6 dogs in each cage, all fighting over the loaves of bread that they were being fed. Rats were everywhere, and the dogs, most of whom had been there for years, were terrified. For once, it was not obvious to us which dogs needed us the most. They all needed us. We realized that it would be impossible to make a list deciding which dogs would be rescued from this horrific life, and which would be left behind. We then made the decision to acquire the entire shelter, and take responsibility for all 250+ dogs. In the past two months, 90 have been relocated within Israel to more adequate shelters. 25 have already made the trip to Canada. 150 remain. We have assembled a team in Israel to clean up the shelter and make the dogs more comfortable until we have the space to bring them here. While in Israel veterinarians will be caring for the dogs to address any immediate health concerns. Staff will be working with the dogs every day to socialize them and teach them to trust again. The dogs will no longer be eating bread. To help these dogs, we need your help. Every dog that is adopted from our rescue creates space for another of these dogs to be brought to Canada. If you are not in a position to adopt, please consider sharing our page with your friends and family. The most important thing that we can do for these, and for all of our dogs, is to share their story and be their voice.In our most recent photos of our new dogs, a popular comment was that the dogs appear sad. We would like to share a short video with you that illustrates the conditions that these dogs have lived in for years, and their journey to Canada. In time, with patience and with love, we know that their expressions will change.
Posted by Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary on Friday, February 26, 2016