Earlier this year, we had to say goodbye to our beloved Dalmatian. Roxy came to us at the age of two after being repeatedly re-homed and suffering various forms of abuse by at least two of her previous owners. Despite her somewhat turbulent background, our spotty canine friend was full of character and quickly became a much-loved member of the family. Our hearts were broken when Roxy, suffering what we thought was anxiety, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
After months of grieving we felt it was time to find another dog, and after having such a wonderful experience with Roxy we decided to offer a home to a dog in need rather than purchase a puppy bred for financial gain. By chance, I discovered Aireworth Dogs In Need on Facebook. A quick email to the charity led to us receiving a phone call from one of their dedicated volunteers and we had soon been home-checked to ensure we were suitable for adoption. Just a couple of weeks later we were introduced to a 3-year-old Boxer cross called Mitsy, with whom we fell in love with immediately.
Despite looking constantly grumpy, Mitsy is an incredibly affectionate little girl who loves nothing more than a ball to play with during the day and cuddles on the sofa in the evenings. Our two-year-old son adores her and they are already inseparable.
Aireworth Dogs In Need
Registered charity Aireworth Dogs in Need was set up in 2014 to rescue and re-home dogs who found themselves without homes and at risk of being put to sleep as a result. In just over two years, this wonderful charity has managed to re-home over 300 dogs by constructing a network of foster homes and through building strong relationships with local dog wardens, vets, the police and the public.
Unfortunately, this time of year is always a busy one for Aireworth Dogs In Need. The Christmas period brings with it an influx of abandoned dogs and despite doing all they possibly can to accommodate them the charity is appealing to the public for extra help. The volunteers and trustees work tirelessly to find loving forever homes for all of their dogs, but short- and long-term foster homes are essential so that they are in a safe and secure environment whilst they await adoption.
They Need Your Help!
With some dogs coming to the charity requiring veterinary treatment and all dogs being neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to adoption, their current vet bill stands at £2,000 a month. To help raise monies, Aireworth Dogs In Need run weekly auctions on Facebook, where members of the public can bid on items. Their special Christmas auction is on until 18th December and they are appealing for donations from local people and businesses for their January auction.
If you wish to donate an item or service for their Christmas auction, or you feel you can offer a home to an abandoned dog, even if just for a short while, then please visit their website. You will also find information on how you can donate and assist in future fundraising events.
So if you’re looking for a dog this Christmas, please consider adopting from Aireworth Dogs in Need. And please keep in mind when considering if a dog is right for you that they’re a big commitment that need lots of time, care and attention. After all, puppies don’t stay puppies forever.
The Hairy Homeless
Here are just some of the furry friends that Aireworth are currently looking to re-house. If you feel you could give any of them a loving home please contact Aireworth Dogs In Need using their contact page here.