By Francis Batt, Reporter | | News
DEDICATED animal lovers Matthew and Christopher Young never meant to turn their modest terraced home into a sanctuary for sick and disabled dogs.
But it happened.
Now the Slough based pair, who have been in a civil partnership for nine years, have nicknamed their terraced home the Dogs Nobody Wants Sanctuary.
Their ‘housemates’ include Chance, who lived near the railway tracks in Romania and was hit by a train.
Matthew said: “She lost both her back legs and half a front paw.
“She thinks she is royalty and travels in her own pram. She can walk on her stumps but only on soft ground at home.”
Then there is Leah, whose spine was snapped when she was hit by a car. Her paralysed rear has to be supported by a special cart or ‘dog wheelchair’ and she can only use her two front paws.
Matthew said: “She can go incredibly fast. When she takes off I cannot keep up with her. She chases rabbits and pigeons.”
Suzy is still coming to terms with disability. She was hit by a car three weeks ago and her back legs were paralysed.
She has her own wheels too.
Matthew and Christopher also care for a deaf and blind dog called Leo, for Tom who was given two months to live when he came to them but is still around, Santa who is crippled by arthritis.
Others have come and gone.
How did it happen?
The couple began by taking on two German Shepherd dogs they had heard about ‘with problems’ who needed homes. One had been regarded as too aggressive, while the other had serious digestive problems.
They they spotted a story on Facebook, put up by the charity Safe Rescue for Dogs – about a dog called Rosu who had been kept in a cage for 10 years.
It was the beginning of a relationship with the charity, which specialises in rescuing sick or injured dogs in Romania. [Read the full article]