We all love animals and it seems like we have always loved them. Dogs and cats have always been our friends and in the ranches, we have horses and other mammals keeping us company. In today’s world, animals have become a special part of us and one of the reasons for it is because of several movements and organizations, like PETA, fighting for the rights of animals. Now, we have awareness as to how we should treat animals and how we can make their lives better. Plus, it’s not only about them, pets make us feel happy too. Nowadays, we can often find animal sanctuaries that try taking care of stray animals and also put them up for adoption to the right family after a bit of background checking.
Dog Tales is a horse and dog sanctuary with a similar purpose. Founded and owned by an Israeli couple Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg, Dog Tales is a horse and dog sanctuary that tries to save animals from terrible conditions and relocate them to safer conditions. It is a 50-acre farm in the King City Ontario, which is a delight to watch among the green fields. It is the perfect heaven that serves the needs of helpless horses and dogs that were rescued from appalling conditions. Since its opening, back in 2015, it has rescued about 100 dogs from Israel and has been able to find permanent homes for about 350 dogs in the Greater Toronto Area. But one of their rescue stories stands out which can be both tragic but finally, it turned out well for everyone.
Danielle went to Israel and wanted to visit a shelter. The news was that the shelter was in a poor condition, so she needed to check it out. When Danielle visited the shelter, she was left in utter shock. Not only was the news true, but the shelter was actually in a very horrible condition. It was infested with rats and the dogs were kept in cages almost like they were some kind of bird. They had tics all over them. They were given a limited amount of food that was clearly inadequate to satisfy their hunger and so they ended up fighting over scraps of food. Quite naturally, these dogs were trying to survive and so they had grown a bit ferocious. After all, they were living in a room that was fit to accommodate about 70 such dogs. But there were about 250 of them crammed in this small space.
The inhuman conditions that the dogs were living in moved Danielle to the core. She knew that nothing could be done if only 50 or 60 of these dogs were rescued or relocated. Every dog was suffering in that facility. So, she took a massive step and bought the entire shelter. From that time onwards, she was able to relocate about 90 dogs within Israel and 25 of them were taken to Canada, back to their sanctuary in King City Ontario. The dogs are being kept healthy and their condition is improving. So that one day, they will be fit enough to be relocated or at least, sent to a proper home.
As of now, the dogs are being trained to understand English commands and act on that basis. Local shelters are also joining hands with Danielle and trying to help many of the disabled and senior dogs. A specialty of Dog Tales is that it goes to many areas for rescue missions. It has developed such a large facility so that they can accommodate more and more animals. In Miami, they had worked with a shelter which had to euthanize dogs when they reached above their accommodation limit. Dog Tales do not want to do something like that.
The Israeli expedition was one in many. According to Danielle, in Israel, a similar situation like Miami occurred, but unlike Miami, they would rather cramp these furry buddies into a single place and let them stay there, suffering in the inhumane conditions. They might end up staying there for ages without getting adopted. On the other hand, in Canada, these dogs would be adopted within a few days.
Danielle’s heart is in the right place and she’s doing whatever she can to help these needy dogs. We could do our part in trying to adopt these dogs and help the organization to rescue more dogs without reaching their accommodation limit. That could be our role in their rescue missions.