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.
"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.
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.”
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.