A Wiltshire-based dog rescue, which has been operating for almost nine years, is set to close unless it can access assistance soon.
The charity, which has not yet been officially registered, is called ‘Leash For Life’ and is based in Trowbridge.
Everything now revolves around whether the charity can recruit new foster families and find affordable land to build kennels.
The nonprofit’s founder, Louise Reynolds, said the past two months have seen the highest number of dogs returned, the fewest adoption requests and the fewest people willing to come forward and adopt a dog.
Explaining the extent of the problem, she told this newspaper: “We don’t know if we can continue or if we will just have to pull the plug.
“We have a situation where the dogs come back to us, and we have nowhere to put them, which is horrible.”
Louise said she believed it was a widespread problem at the moment, with many rescue centers desperate for help.
She noted: ‘Rescue centers are crying out for foster families, but I also think it’s part of the mass breeding we’ve seen during lockdown – everyone wanted a dog because they were at home.
“A lot of the reasons are that people are also going back to their offices.
“They might have thought they were going to be home more, and now they can’t be there for them anymore.”
Louise added that there are more ‘problem’ dogs than there were before the pandemic, meaning that due to lockdown restrictions more dogs are showing signs than they were. have not been socialized properly after being home more often.
According to Louise, such behavioral problems forced owners to give it up, especially new parents.
The charity had to ban the arrival of more dogs for rescue until May 14, and with more dogs coming soon for treatment, Louise stressed they had ‘no idea’ where they can accommodate them.
Looking ahead, Louise said, “What we need to do is find land where we can build a few kennels and space for static caravans because the dogs can’t be left, and for an affordable price, we’re kind of asking the earth, but hopefully there’s a dog lover out there who can help.
To get in touch with the charity, or rehoming a dog, you can find out more on their website leashoflife.co.uk/dogs/