Couple Pulls Paw-some Move And Rescues All 265 Dogs From Overcrowded Shelter

Throwing way more than a bone.
Eden'a first visit to the Israeli facility.
Eden'a first visit to the Israeli facility.

One couple made over 265 tails wag when they rescued every dog at an overcrowded facility.

Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg, a married couple who live in King City, Canada, are no strangers to shelters. In 2014, they founded Dog Tales, a 50-acre rescue organization with walking trails, large fenced-in paddocks and therapy pools for elderly, abused and disabled dogs that are usually the last to be adopted from shelters.

The couple visits facilities all over the world, but has a penchant for one country in particular.

“Danielle and Rob have four dogs of their own who they found on the street in Israel,” Clare Forndran, Dog Tales’ media specialist, told BuzzFeed. “Since they’re both from Israel, they love rescuing dogs from this place that holds significance for them.”

Yet, their warm and fuzzy feelings fizzled when they visited an Israeli facility in which every dog was in dire straits.

The shelter was not clean.
The shelter was not clean.

"This is the worst shelter she had ever seen," Forndran told The Dodo of Eden’s initial reaction.

Two hundred and sixty-five pooches were packed into a place meant to house just 70 dogs.

There were rats everywhere and the dogs were clearly terrified, according to a post Dog Tales published on its Facebook page. Dogs were crammed six to a cage and were fighting over the loaves of bread they were fed.

Israel Shelter Project

We 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

The couple, who usually makes a list of 10 to 20 dogs they feel they need to save, were at a loss.

“For once, it was not obvious to us which dogs needed us the most,” Eden wrote on Facebook. “They all needed us.”

The dogs were terrified.
The dogs were terrified.

That’s when the couple decided to make a radical move. They decided to buy the entire shelter, becoming responsible for all the dogs.

Since they acquired the pups in early February, 90 have been relocated to more adequate shelters in Israel that Eden has personally worked with, 35 have been transported to Dog Tales in Canada, with another 10 scheduled to arrive in a few weeks, according to Forndran.

“We will be flying them over in groups of 10 every few weeks until all have arrived,” she told The Huffington Post.

The 140 dogs that are currently still at the Israeli facility are getting much better care.  

“We have a team working around the clock in Israel cleaning the shelter up,” Forndran told HuffPost. “The dead rats are gone, the dogs have been switched to a proper diet and they are receiving world-class veterinary care.”

The lucky dogs that arrived in Canada first are already thriving.

“After a week, the dogs started to relax,” Forndran told Buzzfeed. “They could tell we were going to take care of them.”

Three weeks after the first group of 25 pups embarked on their new lives in Canada, more than half were adopted -- and their new humans were thrilled to have them.

Take for instance, Rosey, who was adopted by a woman named Alexa:

“Rosey has now been home for an entire week, and throughout this week I have had the privilege to get to know this sweet, docile angel,” Alexa wrote on Facebook. “I've been amazed that a dog that has had such a difficult life still has so much love to give.”

If this story made you whimper, you can help out by giving one of these pups a loving home. If interested, visit Dog Tale’s adoption page, here.



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