Good Friday delight as Romanian rescue dogs find new homes in Epsom and Sutton

Adopters collect their new dogs from the Kingswood kennel

Two boys with one of the Romanian puppies

Bonding with one of the newly arrived dogs

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Despite cancelled travel documents and a day-long delay in Calais, a lorry-load of Romanian dogs finally arrived in the UK on Good Friday to the delight of their new owners.

Jennifer Gilbert, 36, of West Hill, Epsom, who helped organise the rescue mission along with Lisa Webster, 40, of Sherwood Park Road, Sutton, said: "We were jumping up and down, the transport guys said they and never seen anyone so happy to see their dogs arrive.

"The cries they made when they heard our voices were emotional, they recognised Lisa and I. They were so thirsty, it was a long few days."

Within an hour the dogs adopters started arriving at the Kingswood kennels to pick up their new pets and by 3pm on Saturday all 28 dogs had gone to new homes.

A hugely relieved Miss Gilbert said that it almost didn't happen as just hours before departure they found out the dog’s travel certificates were cancelled.

She said: "We had to bribe the Romanian government to let our dogs leave. They cancelled their certificates at the last minute. It was a stressful day."

Miss Gilbert and Miss Webster rescued most of the dogs from appalling conditions at an abandoned shelter in Fundulea near Bucharest last month.

A new Romanian law provides for the killing of captured strays if they are not adopted within two weeks from dog shelters.

Two local women had rescued 200 dogs rounded up by dog catchers from a "death camp" but they ran out of money and ended up abandoning the shelter in Fundulea.

Miss Gilbert and Miss Webster went out to save the dogs and also improve the conditions of the remaining dogs in Romania.

Miss Gilbert said: "We have had some marvellous feedback. We telephoned everyone on the Saturday for an update and they could not believe how lovely the dogs were and so affectionate.

"We could not have done this without our amazing adopters and foster homes and supporters. The publicity from the Guardian has been amazing.

"We will continue to try and help the plight of animals in Romania and will be bringing more over in a few months, so please get in touch if you can help by donating funds, adopting, fostering, fundraising."

For information email jenngilbert1977@gmail.com

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1:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GreenBrown says...

Don't we already have plenty of dogs in this country that need rescuing? According to the Dog Trust website around 20 dogs a day are put down in the UK. Maybe many more dogs could be saved if all the money spent shipping these dogs into the UK was spent saving dogs who are already here.
Don't we already have plenty of dogs in this country that need rescuing? According to the Dog Trust website around 20 dogs a day are put down in the UK. Maybe many more dogs could be saved if all the money spent shipping these dogs into the UK was spent saving dogs who are already here. GreenBrown
  • Score: -10

9:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

simpson117 says...

GreenBrown wrote:
Don't we already have plenty of dogs in this country that need rescuing? According to the Dog Trust website around 20 dogs a day are put down in the UK. Maybe many more dogs could be saved if all the money spent shipping these dogs into the UK was spent saving dogs who are already here.
Seems people can't do right for doing wrong in some people's eyes! Think these women have done an amazing thing rescuing these dogs. Every dog regardless of where they are from deserves a chance to feel loved and cared for. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly and suffer terribly! I'm very pleased these dogs will finally know what it's like to enjoy life, feel loved and safe.
[quote][p][bold]GreenBrown[/bold] wrote: Don't we already have plenty of dogs in this country that need rescuing? According to the Dog Trust website around 20 dogs a day are put down in the UK. Maybe many more dogs could be saved if all the money spent shipping these dogs into the UK was spent saving dogs who are already here.[/p][/quote]Seems people can't do right for doing wrong in some people's eyes! Think these women have done an amazing thing rescuing these dogs. Every dog regardless of where they are from deserves a chance to feel loved and cared for. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly and suffer terribly! I'm very pleased these dogs will finally know what it's like to enjoy life, feel loved and safe. simpson117
  • Score: 10

1:36am Wed 23 Apr 14

GreenBrown says...

@simpson117

Trying to rescue dogs is a good thing to do, of course, but rescuing some dogs hundreds of miles away when you could be rescuing even more dogs down the road so to speak makes no sense. Surely saving more dogs is the better option, or is that too logical and sensible for you. Plenty of dogs in this country get badly mistreated by their owners so there's no need to go searching abroad for that reason. The cynic in me will always question motives when it comes to people doing something abroad that could easily be done at home. Why save dogs from Bucharest and not dogs from London? I don't get it.
@simpson117 Trying to rescue dogs is a good thing to do, of course, but rescuing some dogs hundreds of miles away when you could be rescuing even more dogs down the road so to speak makes no sense. Surely saving more dogs is the better option, or is that too logical and sensible for you. Plenty of dogs in this country get badly mistreated by their owners so there's no need to go searching abroad for that reason. The cynic in me will always question motives when it comes to people doing something abroad that could easily be done at home. Why save dogs from Bucharest and not dogs from London? I don't get it. GreenBrown
  • Score: -5

8:27am Wed 23 Apr 14

theavengers says...

Just what we need, more dogs. Dog people are gross. Flea bags, poop, disgusting. Of course, dog lovers will give me thumbs down. Romanian dogs...an insult.
Just what we need, more dogs. Dog people are gross. Flea bags, poop, disgusting. Of course, dog lovers will give me thumbs down. Romanian dogs...an insult. theavengers
  • Score: -5

1:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

rocket400 says...

anything from Romania is bad news, it wont be long before the dogs are selling the big issues and scamming uk dogs
anything from Romania is bad news, it wont be long before the dogs are selling the big issues and scamming uk dogs rocket400
  • Score: -2

5:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Crease2000 says...

I'd much rather we gave a home to these dogs instead of people that come here and abuse both our tolerance and hospitality.
I'd much rather we gave a home to these dogs instead of people that come here and abuse both our tolerance and hospitality. Crease2000
  • Score: 6

6:51am Thu 24 Apr 14

ticktock says...

All that money could be spent on dogs at battersea dog home and other up and down the country .

in a few months times it wont be long that there owners will come over to this country and claim benefits or sue our Government for stealing their dogs.

its another payday ..
All that money could be spent on dogs at battersea dog home and other up and down the country . in a few months times it wont be long that there owners will come over to this country and claim benefits or sue our Government for stealing their dogs. its another payday .. ticktock
  • Score: 1

9:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

emelem says...

As much as I love to see any animal get out of a bad situation, I don't understand bringing more into the country when there are already plenty locally needing homes. I dread to think how many of these new dogs will eventually end up at battersea, dogs trust, mayhew, etc because someone has a baby, moves or can't deal with the behaviour....dread!
As much as I love to see any animal get out of a bad situation, I don't understand bringing more into the country when there are already plenty locally needing homes. I dread to think how many of these new dogs will eventually end up at battersea, dogs trust, mayhew, etc because someone has a baby, moves or can't deal with the behaviour....dread! emelem
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

helenrobinson says...

@simpson 117:
Seems people can't do right for doing wrong in some people's eyes! Think these women have done an amazing thing rescuing these dogs. Every dog regardless of where they are from deserves a chance to feel loved and cared for. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly and suffer terribly! I'm very pleased these dogs will finally know what it's like to enjoy life, feel loved and safe.

Thank you for being one of the few people that thinks this is a good thing. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly. I have one curled up on my sofa right now that would have been killed if he had stayed there and although he is not from this rescue, I thank these girls and others like them that care. These bigots that think Romanian dogs are less worthy of a good life because of where they are born makes me sick. No animal regardless of breed or nationality deserves to be ill-treated. Oh, and I do donate each month to Dogs Trust so no-one is any worse off because I adopted a Rommie.
@simpson 117: Seems people can't do right for doing wrong in some people's eyes! Think these women have done an amazing thing rescuing these dogs. Every dog regardless of where they are from deserves a chance to feel loved and cared for. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly and suffer terribly! I'm very pleased these dogs will finally know what it's like to enjoy life, feel loved and safe. Thank you for being one of the few people that thinks this is a good thing. Romanian dogs are treated appallingly. I have one curled up on my sofa right now that would have been killed if he had stayed there and although he is not from this rescue, I thank these girls and others like them that care. These bigots that think Romanian dogs are less worthy of a good life because of where they are born makes me sick. No animal regardless of breed or nationality deserves to be ill-treated. Oh, and I do donate each month to Dogs Trust so no-one is any worse off because I adopted a Rommie. helenrobinson
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Mon 28 Apr 14

emelem says...

Except for the dogs that are put down at battersea...
Except for the dogs that are put down at battersea... emelem
  • Score: -2

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