Viewers this morning fell in love with a set of puppies from a Welsh shelter seeking funds after being hit hard by Storm Arwen.
Appearing today on the ITV show, the little dogs were from the Many Tears animal shelter near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
The rescue center appealed for donations after the storm “tore its roof”, caused a power failure and resulted in the tragic death of a puppy, which became too cold and could not be rescued.
Owner Sylvia Van Atta, 62, who owns the shelter with her husband Bill, sent a call for help fixing their building while talking to the program’s veterinarian, Dr Scott, at the center.
He drew attention to litters of puppies waiting for a loving home, with Sylvia revealing she had received abandoned animals during the pandemic – and viewers quickly fell in love with the sleeping puppies.
Dr Scott, pictured. visited the Many Tears animal shelter near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The shelter was hit hard by Storm Arwen last week, which ripped off its roof and claimed the life of a puppy
Video showed the extent of damage to the shelter during Storm Arwen, pictured, with owner Sylvia Van Atta, 62, lamenting it breaks her heart
Sylvia showed the aftermath of Storm Arwen in a video and said: “It was the most terrible night ever. We had no electricity, and the most terrible winds tore our roof apart. parts,
“The shelter we spent so long building has been destroyed, here are some of the metal sheets that flew last night,” she said, showing the benches upside down and said metal sheets who were lying on the ground.
“It was terrifying and appalling, it’s really hard to keep going, really, really hard,” she continued. âIt’s a loss for the animals and it breaks my heart. It will cost thousands.
Dr Scott went to the shelter, from where he was reporting, and said: ‘The whole country was battered by Storm Arwen, a strong gust of wind of up to 90 mph, ripping roofs off , knocking down power lines, thousands of people are still waiting to turn on their electricity.
But he added that the storm had also caused great suffering to the animals. Sylvia gave more information on what Arwen cost the shelter.
Viewers were touched by the shelter’s story and praised the great job it does. Some have also passed out in front of the adorable puppies in his care.
âThe trees fell, the roofs came off and flew and damaged other things as they went,â she said.
âA mom and her puppies had a terrible time because we didn’t have electricity. A puppy died because it was too cold, we had no way to warm it, âshe added. “And it raged all night and part of the morning, so it wasn’t a two hour thing, it just went on and on.”
Sylvia revealed her shelter suffered thousands of pounds of damage, but said a team has already stepped in to help at lower cost.
The shelter normally costs Â£ 75,000 to operate per month, to cover salaries and relies on the help of thousands of support workers and volunteers, Scott revealed.
During her visit, viewers discovered Libby, a dog who was injured in the storm and can no longer feed her puppies.
Sylvia has looked after the puppies, pictured, who had a ‘terrible time’ during the storm and need to be bottle-fed every two hours
Holding a small puppy, pictured Dr Scott said the shelter needed donations to repair the damage
Sylvia explained that it was one of Libby’s puppies that died during the storm, and said the other puppies had to be bottle-fed every two hours, which had been a challenge for the team.
Another dog was filmed with her puppies and Sylvia revealed she was raised during Covid-19 by a man who hoped to make money selling puppies.
âThey knew they could make a lot of money and they decided to raise her, they did, she had ten puppies.
‘Someone told them the market had gone down for the puppies and they couldn’t be sold and not sold at Christmas because they were too young anyway, so he didn’t want them and he gave them to us. so donated, she’s too young to have been bred anyway, âsaid Sylvia, holding two of the dog’s puppies.
Dr Scott said he was surprised people were bringing puppies back to shelters.
Sylvia, right, told Dr Scott it would cost thousands of pounds to keep the center afloat after Storm Arwen
“People have a dog either on Covid thinking they could give it time, but then they were offered a job or a better job and they decided the money is more important than the dog they have taken, âSylvia said.
“And it should have been for life, like a wedding, not just for Covid or Christmas, it’s forever,” she added.
She said there are a lot of things people can do to help Many Tears recover from the storm, including becoming home inspectors. But she admitted that âhard cashâ would really help the center stay afloat.
Viewers were touched by Sylvia’s plea and passed out in front of the adorable puppies she was caring for. âThese puppies, give them all to me,â one said.
âAwww they are doing a terrific job,â said another, while one person wrote on Twitter: âMany Tears is a wonderful dog rescue.â âWithout looking like Cruella De Vil, I want these puppies,â one joked.