“We always had rescue dogs as part of my family growing up, and as soon as we got married in 1999, Phil, my husband, and I got our first dog, a Wynsett Spinone called Frankie. My interest in helping dogs less fortunate than my own find their “happy endings” developed throughout my adulthood, starting in the UK and developing in to International rescue as I became aware of the plight of dogs overseas through social media.” Read more of how SOFA started here.
Vanessa Chapman, Trustee (UK)
“Having never been allowed a dog as a child, the first thing I did when my husband and I got our own home, 24 years ago, was to get Murphy our beloved golden retriever. Getting a dog was a much higher priority than getting married! Since then we’ve always had dogs in our home.
Since spending my 40th birthday (quite a long time ago!) walking dogs at a rescue charity and meeting dogs who had almost given up hope, I have been involved in fostering and supporting rescue activities in the UK and overseas to give these poor souls another chance of happiness – the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”
Martha Tullberg, Trustee (France)
“Having grown up with rescue dogs, I’ve always wanted to help them more, and my own Spinone Daphne loves to welcome a foster friend!”
Astrid Schutte (Netherlands)
“More than 20 years ago, my husband and I wanted a dog. At the time we had two long-haired dachshunds, and we wanted a bigger dog. We adopted a Lucerne Hound – 6 months old, very neglected and with severe hip dysplasia. We wanted to give this dog a chance to enjoy life. He didn’t ask to be put in this world. With patience, love, security and trust he eventually became happy again. We have never regretted it.
From that moment on we always had several dogs in our house, who deserve a second (or third) chance. We believe that every dog must have love in his life.
When we’ve looked in the eyes of an unwanted dog, we want to erase all their hurt and pain”
Jacky Burgess (UK)
As a family we have always had dogs, and recently we became more aware of the plight of dogs from overseas when my daughter heard of the Jewels and the desperate situation which they were found in. She offered to adopt, and Massimo the Jewel joined her and our extended family.
Next to arrive was Rocco the Jewel who through no fault of his own was back in Kennels, and last year Baldo, a Spinone x Bracco pup, joined us from rescue.
All had come from dreadful circumstances. Now with lots of love and kindness they are all doing really well, it is the one of the most rewarding things we have ever done. We have also met some wonderful caring people along the way.
We feel very fortunate to be able to give such gentle souls a new and happy life.