One of the main ways I waste time, is watching animal rescues on You Tube. I love to see the recovery of a rescued dog, for most of them, the difference is amazing. Many go from being a terrified timid dog, to being the bounciest, happiest tail wagging dog, this to me is beautiful to watch, it feeds my soul. This is my dream job, to rescue and find homes for dogs that have had a miserable existence up to the point of being rescued.
If you see the beauty in animals, you can see the beauty in everything.
This post is a tribute to my favourite animal rescuers, not only have they saved lives, they have transformed many animals lives for the better, they are all amazing, these are some of my heroes, not in any particular order, please click on the links to find out all about them or just watch videos on You Tube, Facebook or Patreon, better still if you could make a small regular donation, this could help save more lives:
1. Viktor Larkhill
Viktor Larkhill is the face of Let’s Adopt International, based in Valencia, Spain. There are some negative comments on the internet about Viktor (real name Ivan Jimenez), but I know how easy it is to ruin someone’s reputation via the internet, many have been victims on facebook. All I know is, if you weren’t there then you don’t know the truth, words can be twisted, evidence manipulated, so be careful what you share, gossiping is a low form of vibrational energy. For me, I think this man genuinely cares for animals and appears to be doing a wonderful job at rescuing them and this is good enough for me.
Viktor Larkhill Links:
Website: Lets Adopt International
2. Hope For Paws
Hope for Paws is a non-profit animal rescue organization, based in Los Angeles, California. They rescue dogs, cats and other animals. I love to watch their videos, because it shows the rescue in full and just how amazing these people at rescuing scared dogs. Again, they do amazing work and try to educate the public to reduce abandoned animals.
They currently have over 4 million You Tube subscribers, and when you watch the videos you will know why. It’s scary to think what would of happened to many of these dogs, if Hope For Paws didn’t exist.
hope for paws – you tube
Website: Hope for Paws
3. Animal Aid Unlimited India
Animal Aid Unlimited is based in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Their work is not limited to dogs, since 2002 when it was founded, they have rescued 90,000 injured or ill dogs, cows, donkeys, birds and cats. That’s 90,000 less animals either dying or suffering unnecessarily, Wow! Not only do they rescue street animals, they spay and neuter, do outreach and educate, have an animal sanctuary and provide training programs for medical care and sheltering. These guys are truly amazing!
Website: Animal Aid Unlimited
4. Territorio de Zaguates
I first heard of Territorio de Zaguates when watching the ‘Dogs’ series on Netflix. I was absolutely gobsmacked. I think at the time of watching, this couple had 1100 dogs, with just a couple of people working for them, I believe they now have 1300. When you see tens of hundreds of dogs running around the vast grounds with one of the carers, your heart will jump for joy, it is an amazing sight to see. They are based in Costa Rica, South America, these people have basically opened their home to stray dogs.
Website: Territorio de Zaguates
5. Howl of a Dog
Howl Of A Dog is a small nonprofit animal rescue organization based in Romania. They rescue abandoned, neglected, injured and abused animals from the streets and shelters.
They also have a free neuter / spay program to help reduce the dog overpopulation and help low income families pay for veterinary care and treatment.
In addition to the above and I quote this from their website ‘our efforts aim to build a more compassionate and responsible society. We want to raise awareness and show the world how amazing all animals are and how their unconditional love, loyalty and friendship can bring joy and happiness and improve the lives of their human companions’
6. Many Tears Animal Rescue (MTAR)
Many Tears Animal Rescue is a dog rescue based in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
MTAR rescue ex-breeding dogs, dogs on ‘death row’ in shelters and take in dogs whose owners are unable to care for them. I have also known them to take dogs from overseas which would otherwise be euthanised.
Their website has an astounding amount of dogs up for adoption, the amount hints at the scale this organisation work to. It currently homes in excess of 3000 dogs a year. If you like cute dogs (not that cuteness matters), don’t go to a breeder, these rescuers have some of the cutest dogs, although some of them have never seen the outside world, so need someone really special to give them lots of time and patience as well as a forever home. Potential foster parents are also sought after.
Although, they don’t seem to have a You Tube channel, there are some videos on You Tube posted by others.
Website: Many Tears Rescue
7. Danny & Ron’s Rescue
I discovered these Danny and Ron’s Rescue on Netflix, a documentary called ‘Life in the Doghouse’. These are two very special people, who have basically opened their home to abandoned, abused, unwanted dogs, they rescue many dogs from ‘death row’ at shelters. They have saved over 11,000 dogs, which includes 600 they rescued from Hurricane Katrina, an amazing feat for one couple. They do now employ staff, as you can imagine they are pretty busy people. At the time of the documentary they had 77 dogs living in their home. They have completely dedicated their lives to saving dogs lives and I really hope the Netflix documentary dramatically increases their donations, as they would love to start a spay / neutering program if they had the funds.
8. The Animal Liberation Truck
Finally, although not strictly an ‘animal rescue’, I thought ‘The Animal Liberation Truck’ definitely deserved a mention here. These guys rescue mostly farm animals, transporting animals from slaughter/life threatening/dangerous situations to sanctuaries all over the U.K. Although based in Wales, they do seem to travel widely throughout the U.K. The Animal Liberation Truck differs from the others, in that it offers low cost transport to animal rescuers and sanctuaries, only expenses such as fuel are requested as payment. These guys are vegan and give their time for free. They currently only appear to be on Facebook. Again, these guys are amazing
Well, those are my favourites, I know there are many many more, including individuals who help animals, but I had to narrow these down somehow.
Whilst animal rescuers and sanctuaries are critical, I do think the focus should be on worldwide spaying / neutering programs for dogs, many of these rescuers do play a major role in these programs. Controlling the dog population is critical to reducing the number of dogs in need of rescuing.
In addition to spaying / neutering programs, people need educating in terms of dog breeding. Breeding dogs for money is wrong on many levels, these are lives we are talking about. Many are brought into the world and then purchased by people who don’t realise the huge commitment, not to mention the money it takes in raising a happy healthy dog for life. In the U.S. alone over 4 million healthy or treatable domestic animals including cats and dogs are euthanised, because shelters can’t cope with the number of unwanted dogs.
Yes, puppies are cute but if you are serious and committed to having a dog, please get a rescue dog, you will be doing your bit to help this out of control problem. Imagine, what the number is worldwide for euthanising healthy animals. the overpopulation of dogs and cats is a crisis, don’t contribute to this crisis, help to solve it. Yes puppies are cute, but adult dogs deserve to be healthy, happy and loved, please give them a chance.
If you have a dog, ensure you keep microchip contact details up to date, dogs are euthanised because their owners are not contactable. Also if you have a dog that is not spayed or neutered, please prioritise this, so you are not adding to this overpopulation crisis.
It is madness to me, why are people are still breeding dogs, when there is an overpopulation crisis, money, that’s why. There are more ethical ways to make money. Some people just consider their own wants and needs without taking into consideration the wider issues of this world, we all need to look at the bigger picture. If you want an ethical world, let your behaviours be ethical.
I would love a dog and did try to get a rescue dog, but because I work full time I am not allowed one. Since losing my dog, there is a huge empty space in my home, it took me a while to accept that its not practical for me to have a dog right now. But I know at some point I will, even if I have to wait for retirement. I know how good dogs are for your soul, they are trusting and will give you true unconditional love, I can’t think of anything better in this world than unconditional love, it doesn’t matter if it comes from a person or animal, it is a beautiful feeling.