Animal charity volunteers have appealed for help to find homes for a rescue dog who they say would already be dead if they had not taken her in.
Staff at the RSPCA’s animal rescue centre at Eau Brink care for dozens of unwanted and abandoned animals every week.
As well as caring for pets that have been abandoned across West Norfolk, the centre also takes in animals from other parts of the country when it has space available.
While the centre takes all dogs that are picked up by the local dog pound, many others are not so lucky and can be put down if they are not claimed after they have been kept for a statutory seven-day period.
Among them is a labrador cross named Amber, who was rescued from a dog pound in Kent last month on the very day she would otherwise have been put down.
Jo Hayes, the centre’s assistant re-homing co-ordinator, said: “She is a lovely dog with everything to live for, but her life would have ended had we not rescued her.”
A second dog which was rescued at the same time has already been rehomed.
Centre manager Penny Skate stressed that local dogs are always given first priority, but added: “It’s about making sure they have the same rights as any other pet.
“Our motto is we never leave a kennel unoccupied. When there is a kennel free, we’re looking for a dog to put in there.”
The centre has 28 kennels for dogs and among the current residents is a puppy named Fraggle, who was abandoned in the cold, plus a litter of three, nine-week-old Collie puppies whose owners were no longer able to look after them.
Anyone interested in helping should either phone 01553 618889 or go online to www.westnorfolkrspca.org.uk for more information.
RSPCA rehoming centre staff, from left, Helen Smith, Penny Skate, Emily Toms, Rones Cley, Gemma Neve and Jo Hayes, with Marley, a Staffordshire bull terrier who is now being looked after at the centre as his owners could not take care of him due to work commitments. MLNF14PT02217
Amber, who centre staff say would have died if they had not rescued them. Picture submitted