Meet our gang…
The following are our current dogs – not all of our dogs are able to go to a home . Some of them where a subject to abuse and find it very hard to trust again. Others were never properly socialized as puppies, and are still wary of humans. However they are all up for sponsoring.
If you are interested in adopting a dog please call the Sanctuary for more information.
Any adult dog adopted from our sanctuary qualifies for free visits at Happy Paws Clinic, Marsa.
All of our dogs are vaccined, neutered and micro chipped.
Anyone who would like to adopt a dog will have to sign a contract, this is to ensure that dog will go to a loving family and a great home. Most of our dogs suffered from malnutrition, abuse, abandonment and much more so we would like them to go into a new life where they never have to experience such days again. Also a donation will be asked for when adopting the dog NOT because we sell our dogs but to help us with our daily expenses.
MEET THE RUNNERS … Kimba and Barbie
These dogs are so called because they have the freedom to run around the sanctuary day and night. They are all friendly and sweet and get along with the other dogs as well as all humans.
Kimba is around 16 years old. Her first 14 years were spent in a room in a field with 4 other dogs. They ended up at the sanctuary when their owner had to give up the room he rented. Kimba is a friendly dog and has settled in well as a runner. She has a special claim to the kitchen, and has been known to scold some dogs who invade her territory, she loves all the volunteers and the treats we give her.
Barbie was a stray who settled down in a field where there were already some male dogs. Obviously, once she was on heat she soon became pregnant, and Barbie became the proud (and exhausted) mother of 12 beautiful puppies of various shapes and sizes. The owner of the field was happy to feed her along with his dogs, but he needed help in homing the pups. Barbie and her little ones were brought to the sanctuary, and the puppies stayed until good homes were found for them. Barbie was an excellent mother – so loving and patient! While Barbie was with us she changed from a scared dog to a loving one. She loves the volunteers but is still scared of people unknown to her. She is also scared to go out of the sanctuary and loud noises are her worst enemy. Barbie feels safe at the sanctuary.
Lily is around 4 years old. She was found roaming around in Hagar Qim. She had a chain around her neck which was already too tight for her and she had a sore all around her neck. She came to us just in time, as she would have ended with the chain being embedded in her neck. Lilly has a sweet character, quiet and gentle. She can never get enough of cuddles and kisses. Lily used to share a pen with 2 other dogs, until she decided she wanted to be 1 of the runners and joined the Tea Room girls!
MEET THE REST OF THE GANG …
Ace was admitted with his brother Cuddles from Animal Welfare. Poor Ace was born with a disability, and is still waiting for the chance to go abroad for surgery.
Cuddles was admitted with his brother Ace from Animal Welfare, and they have never been parted. Cuddles is a lovable dog, but tends to be a bit shy. He faithfully follows Ace wherever he goes.
Comet is around 6 years old, and also came from Animal Welfare. She is the opposite of Dusty! She is ok with other dogs, but is a bit shy around people. So, she takes her run also with other dogs, so she can enjoy and play with them. But when it’s time for quality time, she leaves it all to Dusty. She doesn’t like to be touched.
Buttons and Sandy are siblings, and have been at the sanctuary for over 3 years now. They were found when they were just a few days old, thrown in a plastic bag in a skip! The lady who found them decided she would take care of them herself. After 5 years she had to give up the farmhouse where she kept her rescued dogs and had no place to keep them, so we eventually took them in. They were shy at the beginning, but now they have gained a lot of confidence. They love cuddles, and love to run around the sanctuary….and they also enjoy chasing the shy dogs. In their old home they were free to run around, but they were not used to walking on a lead, and we had a hard time training them to walk on a lead.
Chaucer and Milton were bought as puppies from a pet shop. The old lady who bought them, couldn’t cope with two strong pups, and put them in a ‘shed’ in the yard. They had no roof over their heads and no beds to sleep in. She couldn’t even go in to feed them or clean up the area as she was too fragile. So these poor dogs were day in and day out fed by a friend Their shed was only cleaned once a week…they were a mess. When we were informed of the situation some months ago, they were admitted to the sanctuary. They are very nice friendly dogs, but a bit naughty – they are still discovering things and they just love to run and run and run around the sanctuary…finally freedom! They are about 18 months old
Amy was admitted from Animal Welfare. She is quiet and timid, a bit shy around people she doesn’t know and is very scared of the world outside the sanctuary….she feels safe inside the sanctuary and loves to run and play with her pen mates. She was on trial for adoption, but was too scared of everything. Amy would need a lot of time and patience to finally find her home.
Pippa was homed to a family when she was a puppy. She had always been very nervous and not to happy with people touching her. But, living with a family, she was a happy dog and bonded well with her ‘mama’. However, when she was 5 years old her family decided to return Pippa to the sanctuary.
Poor Pippa was heartbroken… she refused her food and would not let anybody touch her. Little by little we started gaining her trust. She is much better now, but we still can’t put a lead on her, and we cannot pick her up or try to home her. She comes to us and wags her tail, but will not trust anyone to do anything else. Poor Pippa’s fate is to live her life at the sanctuary.
Angela, who is only about 10 months old – was found running in the area of Nature Park. She was very thin and dehydrated – she was abandoned this summer during this bad heat wave. Admitted to the sanctuary, she soon started feeling better. We also noticed that she had milk in her breasts….most probably she had puppies who died because she had not enough milk to feed them, or else somebody took them from her. Angela is a sweet friendly hyper dog – still very young, little more than a puppy!
Yvette was brought in to the sanctuary with her mum and dad. She was about 7 months old at the time. Before being brought in she used to live on the streets eating scraps of food she could find. Her parents we very friendly and soon found a home. Yvette on the other hand is the scared type of dog. Just like Pippa, she comes to us to greet us, wags her tail, eats from our hands, but that is as far as she goes. She still won’t accept having a lead put on or go out for walks. But at least she will allow us the volunteers to pick her up and stays on our lap for cuddles. The sanctuary will be her home and will be with Pippa for the rest of her life.
Rio was found roaming outside with a choke chain tied around his neck. It was so tight that it was very difficult to remove. Poor Rio still has the scar under his neck. On top of this he also had a bad ear infection which we treated immediately.
Rio likes to choose his friends. With regards to dogs he prefers the females and as for volunteers… there are a few who are not allowed in his pen!! With the rest he acts like a little puppy. He tends to guard his pen, and when he is out on his runs no visitors are allowed as he will also guard the premises. He goes for walks with one of the volunteers, whom he adores. Rio loves to play and lie on his back to be tickled on his tummy….
Fisher was found roaming the fields near the sanctuary. People used to think he was a sanctuary dog running loose outside. Fisher used to walk all the way down to the fish farm and there he made friends with 2 fox terriers. He enjoyed playing with them, and the workers fed him along with the other 2. When night came, the 2 naughty fox terriers would not allow Fisher to share their kennel, and he used to sleep curled up outside all alone. So, we put him on our waiting list and when it was his turn he was admitted. He is a sweet boy, and loved running around with all the other dogs, and playing ball with any volunteer who could spare a few minutes but is now suffering from joint problems due to his age.
Georgina lived as a stray in Qawra for over 5 years. Luckily, some people made sure she always had food and water, but she never let them get close to her. Every 6 months she would have a litter of puppies, but though the puppies were always rescued, Georgina herself could never be captured to be neutered. Finally, after 5 years, Georgina was caught and brought to our sanctuary with her 7 newly born puppies. Once the puppies were old enough, homes were found for them and Georgina was finally spayed. It was decided that Qawra is too dangerous a place for stray dogs, so we have her still at the sanctuary.Georgina is safe and cared for with us, but still lives like a stray. She doesn’t want to be touched by the volunteers, but is very friendly with all other dogs and loves to run around and play with them. She is still very cautious and will not go to sleep or eat in any of the rooms, in case she would be caught again. In recent months, she has chosen to join Pitcher in his pen where she is always welcome