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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Midas Update.....

Midas is being so brave and so strong, despite everything.  We thought we were losing him on Tuesday.....

The photo at the country park was taken Monday Morning and he was so happy.



The photo on the sofa was Monday evening when he started to go down hill a bit.



It was that night, well the early hours of Tuesday morning to be exact that he'd deteriorated and we took him to the emergency vet.  Rather than PTS which was the probable outcome of taking him he was given another chance to buy him a little more time as he wasn't quite ready to go just yet. Even if it was only a few days or a weeks it was worth a try.

The extra intra muscular injectable diuretics to help clear fluid that was collecting in his lungs and the bronchodilator to aid his breathing helped and he was able to come home Tuesday afternoon.

His time now is very short, but he is still home clinging onto the love given to him. Licking my chin and still having the odd belly rub when he's in the mood for it. He touches everyone who gets the pleasure to meet him. The Vet who signed him out gave him a big kiss and cuddle as we left and said what a Wonderfull dog he is.

My deepest thanks to everyone who's helped keep him alive and Stephen and SHAK for giving me  such a precious friend.

Liesa.


Such amazing spirit from  a wonderful dog that is just so determined to hang on to the life that he was deprived of for so long. Thank you to the vets who were very kind and didnt charge an out of hours fee  or for a scan. However, we still  now have a bill to pay. If anybody would like to contribute towards it please do so via:

PayPal:

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Or a cheque made payable to SHAK to:

SHAK HQ
Greenwell Road,
Alnwick
NE66 1HB

Or by popping into our shop:

12 Bowes Street,
Blyth
Northumberland
NE24 1BD


Thank you all again for you support and please pray for Midas.


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Exciting Voluntary Opportunities.....



We have grown as a charity so much over the last few years, that sometimes I find it really difficult to accept it is all real. To have a workforce and voluntary team, with premises we are proud of, is something I never thought we'd be able to afford.

Of course this has all come at a cost, and continuous fundraising is so vital to our prolonged existence.
To help us grow we are looking at creating a couple of new voluntary roles, solely with the emphasis on growing our fundraising activities and improving things even further.

One of the positions would be someone to act as a fundraising co-ordinator to support and encourage our existing supporters to actively fundraise on our behalf and take some pressure off the existing team. The sort of thing we envisage this role encompassing would include to harness the energy and goodwill of supporters and ask them to fundraise on our behalf. To assist in this role we are looking to develop a fundraising kit which gives suggestions to volunteers on how to raise funds in different ways, eg sponsored walk/run/cycle etc, coffee mornings, garden parties, whatever. There are plans for  a monthly challenge for fundraising, whilst being able to keep a record of how much is raised and share how the money is spent to maintain enthusiasm, will be another exciting and fun part of the position.

This is a very important job and for the right person could be very rewarding, enjoying the contact with our supporters and sharing with them the enthusiasm for SHAK. You would need to be pretty competent on social media as that is the obvious way to both recruit people and then feed them ideas and challenges to keep them involved, whilst some experience of fundraising would also be advantageous.

The other role we have is for someone who might promote events to raise awareness as well as to fundraise. This would include stands at village & town shows, fairs and other events to both raise awareness and fundraise. Think up and promote events at our HQ premises in Alnwick and other fun activities such as an open garden which combines “meet the dogs”,  maybe a promises auction; anything goes here, you will be limited only by your imaginaton.

If you would like more information on either voluntary position then please email office@shak.org.uk

Thank you for your support.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Thank You Angel's Of The North.....

Had a great start to a Monday morning whilst emptying the donation bin at Pets At Home in Alnwick.....

Thank you very much to the wonderful Angel's of the North for leaving us an amazing donation of £1,000 and a note, saying how much they appreciate our work, in a bag of towels

Such incredible generosity will make a huge difference to our dogs!!

Thank you whoever you are!

#theheist #angelsofthenorth

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Thirteen Years On And Memories Live On.....



Thirteen years ago today (at 7.15pm to be precise) I lost a friend that had changed my life forever. My constant companion, everything I had known for the seven and a half years of being with him was gone. I was completely broken.



Since losing Shak I have been able to be involved in changing the life of so many other dogs, a figure that I would expect tops the 1,000 mark. There has been joy, pain and so much heartache along the way, but not a day goes by without me thinking of the dog that was so amazing that I formed this charity in his honor.

The organisation has grown beyond my wildest dreams,  we have been able to do so much good, I would like to think that Shak is sitting wherever he is and looking down proud.




Fast forward thirteen years and things are as high pressured as ever.

The building work at the kennels is coming on quickly, with some incredible generosity and hard work of very kind people. Once completed,  the change in the day to day care routine of our dogs will once again move onto a new level.

The retail side is doing extremely well, again thanks to some sensational hard work and dedication. The support for our venture onto the high street has blown us away, with both sales and donations being well above what we expected.

Unfortunately though, with so many dogs needing our help though we still need more. In fact we need a whole load more to be able to continue what grew out of complete heartbreak.

Yesterday a dog arrived that may yet turn out to be one of our most difficult rescues ever. We are already overstretched but we were all the dog had. It is so frightened and matted nobody has even gotten close enough to see what sex it is.

So sad and so much hard work, but I know me and my team will get it there. We have to…..

My heart has been broken many more times in these last thirteen years. It doesn't get any easier, in fact if anything I gets more difficult. Knowing the pain is coming and how much it hurts makes it sting even more.

We need to go on, not only for Shak's memory, but also to be able to help dogs like yesterdays arrival. If we can't so many lives will be lost.
Please donate if you can. There are several ways to do so and each one is greatly appreciated.

Paypal:

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Popping into our shop:

SHAK
12 Bowes Street,
Blyth
Northumberland
NE24 1BD

Or by sending a cheque made payable to SHAK to:

SHAK HQ
Greenwell Road,
Alnwick
NE66 1HB

Your support has helped get us this far, new support can take us even further.

Thank you.
Stephen Wylie


Monday, 17 June 2019

Pet Portraits.....



I adore this oil painting of Lennox by local artist Stephen Copping. He really has captured the sparkle that made my boy so special.

Now you can have portrait of your dog, past or present, painted by Stephen.  All proceeds are very kindly donated by Stephen to us to help the dogs nobody else wants!

For further information please pop into the SHAK Shop at 12 Bowes Street, Blyth, NE24 1BD (please note frame is not included.)

Friday, 31 May 2019

Still Desperate For Tins.....

Thank you to everyone who has donated tins or treats in our recent appeal. I'm delighted to say that thanks to your generosity the treats have been replenished to beyond our wildest dreams.
We still really do need tinned food though please. It is not essential in the daily feeds of course, but we like to give the dogs in our care as much enjoyment as possible, a little wet food in their dinners is just a small thing but I know they love it.

If you can donate please do the following:

For ease of collection please drop off at one of the two places below.....


SHAK Shop. 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1BD


SHAK HQ, Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.


Any postal donations please deliver to the Bowes Street address.


Thank you!


Friday, 24 May 2019

Tins And Treats.....

I often get asked if we need anything or what we need the most, but thankfully your wonderful support means we are usually well stocked up.

However, at the moment we are a little short on tinned food and treats.  So if you would like to give our dogs something then either of the above would he greatly appreciated!

For ease of collection please drop off at one of the two places below.....

SHAK Shop. 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1BD

SHAK HQ, Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.

Any postal donations please deliver to the Bowes Street address.

Thank you!   

Monday, 20 May 2019

Food Store Appeal Update.....

I'm delighted to say that the new Food Store appeal is still going well. This morning we have hit £1,200 of our target of £2,000! An incredible amount saying it has only been running for a week!

Please keep sharing and donating by one of the below.....

A cheque made payable to SHAK (Please write food store on the back) and posted to SHAK HQ Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB

Via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

 (Again please mark your donation food store
Or by dropping funds into the SHAK Shop at 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1BD

Our dogs have had such bad starts in life, they deserve the best we can do for them.


Thank you in advance.




Wednesday, 15 May 2019

An Amazing Start To The Appeal.....

I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has donated towards the new Food Store appeal. The response has been beyond my wildest dreams.

In the first 24 hours an amazing £400 had been raised.  Today, not even 48 hours in that has more than doubled to.....  £1005

Please keep sharing and donating. It really will make a difference. Thank You.


Monday, 13 May 2019

New Food Store Appeal.....



I mentioned a few things a couple of weeks ago about how there is more involved in Rescue than  just walking dogs, the example I used was how complicated the process of placing dogs into homes or other rescues and then physically moving them from the top to the bottom of country is. A lot of people are involved and it takes some organising. 

However, running the charity itself is also a very difficult and consuming act in itself. There are as many admin jobs, if not more, as there are in running a successful business. Everything takes time and planning.

We are very fortunate that we have our own premises that the dogs can call home. These facilities allow us to work through the dogs issues on a daily basis and we are very lucky to have them. The day to day processes and the continuity is so vital in the rehabilitation work, it also allows us to save the lives of dogs that otherwise we may not of been able too if we had had to rent boarding kennels.

As you can imagine with between 60-70 dogs in our care at one time the facilities are well used and maintaining them is a full time occupation in itself. Once again there is more than just kennels to look after, theres laundry rooms and kitchens that need to operate and be kept tidy. All so important to the daily operation, and it is one of those other parts that is the point of me writing this. 

We are very fortunate to have such great support from the members of the public which provides the dogs with food. With the numbers we have and being such a small charity financially, we could not afford to buy the quantity we need. Every single donation is so gratefully received.

So generous are the donations we had to construct a metal shed to store them in, using scrap metals we had left over from previous projects and old kennels. 
The shed has been brilliant, but like everything time has caught up with the it and we now need to be looking at alternative ways to keep the feed dry and safe. 

So to get the project started before it's too late, we are looking to raise £2,000 to build a 'room' made from blocks that will be both weather resistant and long lasting. Sounds so simple,  bit would make such a difference. 

We have the plans in place, now it's the hard part to try and raise the money to make it a reality.
If you would like to help us build a new food store you can donate in several ways. 

A cheque made payable to SHAK (Please write food store on the back) and posted to SHAK HQ Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB 

 (Again please mark your donation food store)

Or by dropping funds into the SHAK Shop at 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1BD

Our dogs have had such bad starts in life, they deserve the best we can do for them.

Thank you in advance.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Bruno Makes Quite An Arrival.....

Been an extremely difficult week as Bruno arrived with a history and as a huge challenge. Both he and us have worked very hard to make such progress in such a short space of time. Believe me seeing him outside is an amazing sight in itself.

Thanks to my supervisors Rich and Gary for their assistance and having the same belief!

A reminder that if you want to see more of the dogs and their day to day adventures follow us on Instagram shak_sanctuary_official 




Thursday, 2 May 2019

Offer Extended.....

Thanks to the amazing success of the offer below, we are delighted to announce that we are extending it until Saturday 11th May.....


With summer threatening to finally make an appearance (try and see past the current fog!) And the amazing generosity of our supporters, we've decided to celebrate and have a very special offer in the SHAK Shop.....

So between opening tomorrow and until close on Saturday the 4th of May we are running a "Buy 3 Get The Cheapest FREE" Promotion! (Offer excludes SHAK Merchandise.)

Pop into our shop at 12 Bowes Street  Blyth NE24 1BD and grab yourself some real bargains.

Thanks for your support.

Monday, 29 April 2019

No Duvets Please.....

As we are now officially in British summertime we are no longer accepting duvets for bedding. We are still accepting sheets, blankets, fleece etc.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Buy Three Get The Cheapest FREE.....



With summer threatening to finally make an appearance (try and see past the current fog!) And the amazing generosity of our supporters, we've decided to celebrate and have a very special offer in the SHAK Shop.....

So between opening tomorrow and until close on Saturday the 4th of May we are running a "Buy 3 Get The Cheapest FREE" Promotion! (Offer excludes SHAK Merchandise.)

Pop into our shop at 12 Bowes Street  Blyth NE24 1BD and grab yourself some real bargains.

Thanks for your support.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Opportunities To Join Our Retail Team.....



To keep up with demand and sorting all the very generous donations, we are now looking to expand our voluntary retail team for our shop in Blyth.

Retail experience is preferred but not essential, although being able to commit to at least a four hour shift somewhere between the opening times of 9.30 - 4.30 Monday to Saturday is.



The shop has been a huge influence on our continued existence and is essential to the day to day survival of the charity, so dedication and commitment is really very important.



To express an interest couldn't be easier..... just email a contact number to office@shak.org.uk

Thanks in advance for your interest.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Thank You From Midas.....

I'd just like to thank everyone who has donated towards Midas's vets bill and on going treatment.  The response has been fantastic,  so thank you all very much.

Midas is being so brave and is still out and about enjoying himself. Liesa sent me this photo of him on a walk at the weekend, standing so proud and handsome.


We will of course provide Midas with medication and anything else that he needs, we really do not know what the future holds.

If you would like to donate, you can via the PayPal link below. Please mark the donation 'For Midas'

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

URGENT..... Midas Needs Our Help Now.....




Every now and then a dog comes along who's story breaks your heart, abused or mistreated, we do everything we can to help them.

When Midas arrived I knew there was only one person who could help him to the level he needed, one person who would be able to cope with all the ailments he had suffered from the years of horrific abuse.

Our good friend Liesa came forward and offered him a the world, he had just landed in the most amazing place. As I set off to drive him the long journey to his new home,  I thought his life had finally begun.

Life has a habit though of being cruel. I'll pass you across to Liesa to tell you his story:

Midas was rescued 4 years ago, having been dumped over fencing in an electrical compound. He was starving and covered in sores and muck. judging by his condition he had been kept in a crate of some kind smaller than his size. He had a curved spine indicating having to lay in a small space for long periods, he also had bald patches on his shoulders where we presume they had been pressed on the ceiling of the crate whenever he stood upright. He had clearly been abused due to his fear of brooms and mops and still to this day is frightened of a garden hose.

Despite the horrors he had been through he showed only affection to any human who paid him attention, wanting nothing more than to be loved and give love in return.

 During his period of recovery it was noted he had a wayward eye that moved out of place, this condition could be congenital or an indication of previous head trauma. It was noticed that his back legs weren't quite right and his slipping knee caps where discovered and would likely require surgery in the future if the condition worsened. His teeth displayed evidence to the longstanding malnourishment he had endured during the estimated 3 years of his life this far.

Some weeks of love, good food and proper care were given resulting in a steady weight gain and a slow improvement to his irritated skin. He went in for neutering and a dental and came back minus his scab covered testicles and teeth now free of brown covered plaque.

Midas was nothing more than just another big black bull breed cross of some variety. A dog who suffered skin allergies, food allergies, ongoing vet bills with the probability of needing major surgery to his legs in the future. He needed special care costing more than your average dog. This made him un-homeable. He was placed in permanent foster to ensure his life would never be anything less than a truly loved member of a family where he has shared a bed with a human ever since. Played ball with a boy and snuggled with many a dog he befriended.

Now 4 years on this happy loving boy has just been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and a faulty heart valve after being rushed to an out of hours vet in the early hours of Saturday morning struggling to breath, further investigations were carried out as he was not responding to treatment as expected and sadly a mass was discovered in front of and wrapping around his heart. Euthanasia  is all that awaits him... The tears and absolute shock to know this loving boy would not be living to a ripe old age has hit hard and the prospect of watching the life drain from his friendly bright and beautiful eyes has been to much to bare.






Amazingly he stabilised after oxygen therapy, diuretics to drain some fluid build up in his chest and a drug to help his heart pump. Instead of having to let him go he was able to be brought home to experience more of the life he deserves. How long for, hours, days, weeks... no one knows, but he is still living. Still eating. Still lifting his leg for belly rubs. It's not his time just yet!



Sitting on his favourite bench in the garden he takes in a little bit of sunshine just like he has done during his 4 years here. Although he is weaker, he is still happy and content. As I sit next to him with tears streaming (knowing our time is now so very brief) he licks the tears from my cheeks. We comfort each other. He is to me a big black magnificent bull breed handsome cross who is more than I ever could have hoped for, a true friend.

How anyone could ever have abused him is beyond comprehension. Please know that he will be loved right to the end and will not be left to suffer in any way.



We are all so proud of Midas and Liesa for being so strong and fighting to live, but unfortunately like everything this has come at a price.  The vets have been amazing, but being out of hours we now have a huge bill of  £1,361.92. £200 has already been paid, leaving us with an outstanding balance of £1,161.92.

Midas is worth every penny of that bill and will also need expensive medication for as long as we have the fortune of his company. This is where once again we are calling on your fantastic support.

If you would like to help us pay the vets bill that saved Midas's life and to pay towards the medication he needs on a daily basis you can do it via:

PayPal:

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Please mark for Midas in the notes when you make a payment.

Thank you so much. I know he is in the best hands possible and that everything will be done for him. Hes had the best 4 years of his life, but he deserves so many more.....

Monday, 18 March 2019

Loads On Instagram.....

Been a massive ten days for Molly. Pictures and videos on our Instagram page shak_sanctuary_official


Friday, 15 March 2019

365!!!!!

Dino and me are very proud of my very special team that hit a magical figure today. 365 days in a row (that's one year!!!!) Our dogs have been out at least twice a day. No matter what has been thrown our way, the dedication and commitment of the team to achieve this has been fantastic!

Thank you all so much. We can all be proud!


Friday, 8 March 2019

Molly Looking For Somewhere To Call Her Own.....



I think we are all very much aware that over the years dogs have become fashion items, with breeds replacing designer labels as the must have accessory. We see the stars with certain kinds of dogs or one appears in a Hollywood movie and then that breed is suddenly seen everywhere. Everyone wants them. Of course we have the smaller breeds like Pugs and French Bulldogs but one breed in particular that I can see beginning to struggle because of a rapid rise in popularity is Husky's.

Undeniably beautiful, I think the resemblance to wolves attracts a lot of people, but in my opinion it is often forgotten that these are highly intelligent, sociable working dogs. Being locked in a house on their own whilst their owner works for hours on end is always a difficult situation for the dog to understand.

We have a perfect example with us of how much the wrong environment can really affect a dog for the rest of its life. From the history we know Molly suffers from severe separation anxiety. Not her fault, she had been passed from pillar to post before when took her in as a stray. She loves people and just wants to be with them all the time. Although we think she is a Husky cross Akita, you can clearly see all the Husky traits, with her desperation to work and look after her toys.

I think she needs a home where she will not be left (I know that's a tough ask) and where she has company of another dog. Introduced correctly to the right dog she is very playful and often instigates the games.

She is so clever that it is sad seeing her in kennels, but we will only let her go to the right home. She has been let down by so many people in the past that the next move has to be the right one. If you would like to know more about Molly then please send a telephone number to foreverfoster@shak.org.uk




Thursday, 21 February 2019

Ged Doing Great.....


You may remember a couple of years ago we received into our care a very frightened Staffy who was in horrendous condition and had his collar wedged around his body like a sash. It had been there so long that it had become engrained into his fur and the leather had taken the shape of his body contours.

Understandably he was very defensive and wouldn't allow anybody to touch him. With time though I was able to cut the collar off and once he realised I was trying to help him, he relaxed his guard a little.

At the time the BBC's Inside Out were looking to do a programme on us, Geds story fitted perfectly and showed his progression and how despite everything he was willing to trust us.

Fast forward a couple of years and I thought it would be nice to give you a little update on how Ged is doing and share his amazing progress.

Whilst he is still very wary of strangers, who can blame him, he goes out with an ever expanding team of handlers for his walks every day. He thinks the world of his girlfriend, the very special Eden, whilst feed time is definitely his favourite time of the day!

I am so proud of how he has adapted and honoured that he has trusted us all to look after him, it all could have been so different.

Whilst I think moving to a home environment would possibly be too much for him, he is a huge success story in his own right and one I am extremely proud of!

For those who missed it, here's the BBC piece.....



Thursday, 7 February 2019

Over £1,000 In The First 24 Hours.....

A quick update on the appeal.... at 1pm so exactly 24 hours in the balance was..... £1052.05.

Sensational, Thank you all so much. Please spread the word and ask family and friends to continue to support.....

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

An Amazing Response.....

I have to say your response to the £2 appeal has been absolutely incredible. We have haven't even completed the first 24 hours yet and already the balance is an amazing..... £955.50

It would be amazing if we could break £1,000 by one o'clock today!

Thank you all again, this much needed financially boost will make such a difference.

Of course you can still donate if you haven't done so already via the link below:

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Can You Spare £2.....

I tried to explain in my previous post how tough a month February is, as the amount of dogs needing help soars out of control. We help as many of the most desperate ones as we can, but our resources are so pushed it is very difficult.

As I'm sure is the case with everybody this time of year,  finances are at a low too and we desperately need them to keep coming in to allow us to continue our work.

On our Facebook page we have have over 6,700 followers, all greatly appreciated for following what we do. However, today we are asking for a little bit more.

Could you afford to give £2 as a one off donation? If all our followers on Facebook did we would raise over £13,400. A massive amount of money at the time we need it the most.

If you could make such a gift it's easy to do. Just follow the PayPal link below:

https://www.paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Our dogs don't ask for much, your kindness at this time of year could really make a difference.

Bruce helping me with the donations this morning.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

February Is The Cruelest Month.....

I think every body presumes that January is the time the post Christmas kick outs occur, the Christmas puppies or the dog bought for the family that simply hasn't worked out. However, all my years in this 'industry' tells me that February is the cruelest month. This year hasn't proved any different.

Maybe it takes a little longer for the fad to wear off, and the expense of Christmas finally catches up after being left short after the first payday, I really don't know.

At the moment I am receiving so many phonecalls and emails from people wanting to give up on their dog. I even had one yesterday entitled 'Unwanted Dog.' This was written by somebody about their pet.....

I think here is a good point to emphasise once again that being such a small charity with resources stretched beyond belief, that we simply cannot get involved with members of the public. This is due to the workload we have with the 70+ dogs in our care at anyone time. I do not even have the time to reply to such correspondence.  It is not out of ignorance, just the need outweighing the reality.

Since the end of January we have taken in some really sad cases,  which again adds to our workload, but for one especially the vets needle was the only other option. One didn't get on with the new puppy brought into the house, one turned up as a stray emaciated and riddled with fleas. She's not even a year old. You get the picture.....

Why am I telling you all of this? I just want people to understand the pressure that we are always under, but especially this time of year. The weather obviously makes things even more difficult, sometimes it is a real struggle.

Look at the faces below though, at just thirteen and eleven months, we were their only option.....




Of course you can help in many ways. Please keep your wonderful donations coming, or if you have time to spare and are interested in helping our severely under pressure team then please send a contact number to office@shak.org.uk

Thank you.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Instagram Updates.....

There's a lot been happening. Check out our Instagram page shak_sanctuary_official

Instagram is a much easier format for us to upload these videos and photos and, it's specifically designed for visual media. Signing is simple..... Duke can do it with his eyes closed!



Enzo Still Looking.....

Another that we have been looking for a suitable home for without success is Enzo. Big and beautiful, he has really come on leaps and bounds since arriving emaciated and covered with fleas.

He recently shared his kennel with Luna, who I am delighted to say has moved on to a new home, whilst his current flat mate is little Rex.

Both dogs were neutered last week which resulted in me spending a little bit more one on one time with them. They were both incredible, but I really did see the soft and loving side of Enzo.

He is a very tall lad and please don't under estimate his strength because of his lanky frame. We believe him to be a Greyhound cross German Shepherd, so experience of either breed would be advantageous. Walking him in the dark also made me suspect that he has been 'worked' at some point, so we are looking for a home with no small furry pets and no small children. We also don't rehome to working homes.

If you would like to offer Enzo a home then please email a contact number to foreverfoster@shak.org.uk and someone will be in touch in due course.





Thursday, 17 January 2019

Bully Makes The Front Page.....

Thank you to the Northumberland Gazette for putting Bully on the front page, and good luck Evie!!!


Snow!....

Some mixed reactions to the snow on our Instagram page shak_sanctuary_official


Monday, 14 January 2019

Two Boys Still Looking.....

At the start of December we had a run of appeals looking for homes for four of our older boys. I'm delighted to say that Dinky found his home and that Rusty has since moved onto another rescue with a bigger rehoming programme and is doing exceptionally well.

For Bully and Oscar though it was another Christmas spent in our kennels and, as we are now half way through January I thought we could start looking again for Oscar and Bully.

I think it's fair to say that when he joined us, Oscar was a real handful. He'd been seperated from his mother too early and I think the socialisation he missed from his mother in those couple of weeks really effected his behaviour later in life.

Having recently turned 11 he has really settled down and, although age is definately begin to show itself, he is still a very active and strong boy.

So we are looking for somebody that MUST have German Shepherd experience and to make things easier for Oscar we would like a home with no other dogs or children.


Bully has been with us  a long time now and despite being a bit of a villian when he arrived, he has always been everyone's favourite.

However,  time catches up with us all and Bully is no exception. So, we are looking to find him a home with someone who has experience and understands how difficult the transition from kennel life to the outside world can be.

To make this transition easier for Bully we insist on an environment with no other dogs, animals or children.


If you'd like to known more about how you can join the Forever Foster Scheme and offer a loving home to either of these very special boys, then please email a contact number to foreverfoster@shak.org.uk and somebody will give you a call.