Welcome to the website of Islay Dog Rescue (Ayrshire), a non-profit making organisation based near Cumnock in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
Islay Dog Rescue is operated by Lorraine Jardine and Richard Thomson and operates from Glen Islay Farm, a small-holding near Cumnock, on the South-West Coast of Scotland. Both Lorraine and Richard are passionate about animals and dedicated to helping dogs who have found themselves in dog pounds. Specifically, they rescue dogs who are on "death row".
The farm is home to many animals with a large proportion of them being rescued animals. Currently there are sheep, horses, ponies, donkeys, hens, ducks, cats and dogs (I think that's all at the minute!)
In the beginning.......
Islay Dog Rescue came to be really as a result of a tragedy. Two of our dogs (Maggie and Zara) were killed just before Christmas 2010. We tried several rescue organisations with the intent to rehome one, if not two dogs, but had great difficulty in doing so. It became apparent to us that there must be many, many good homes out there, crying out for dogs to love, only to be refused by rescue organisations.
So, the seed was planted. What could we do??
We decided to work specifically with "death row" dogs. These are dogs who have served their seven days in dog pounds and are due to be put to sleep. We thought if we could rescue, assess, veterinary health check, de'flea, worm and neuter/spay them then perhaps we could find them suitable homes. It was terrifying - what if we couldn't find any of the dogs homes? So......we started small....
We made links with an organisation in Lancashire called Homeless Hounds. We selected a brindle, staffie cross and brought him home. What a gentleman this boy turned out to be. His name is Bruce and he was about 6 or 7 years old. Anyway, once we had assessed him, neutered him, etc etc. we decided we couldn't part with him. So, we'd failed!!! Back to the drawing board.
The next dog from Homeless Hounds was Oscar. This time we put him in foster care with our good friend Grace. She looked after him and assessed him over a period of about three weeks and then we found him a fantastic home where he is well cared for and loved to bits.
The ball was now rolling.
Since then we have rescued many dogs from both Homeless Hounds and All Dogs Matter (based in London). Although we try to make it a principle that we don't take on rehomes (ie. people who no longer want their dogs or can't cope with them) we have done this on several occasions.
It's important to note that we have now rehomed dogs to adopters who had been turned down or experienced difficulty rehoming with other rescue organisations. Please be assured that we treat each and every case on it's own merit and we make no sweeping judgements, eg. "you can't rehome a dog from us because you live in a flat".
If you would like to adopt a dog from us please read the "How To Adopt" page. Honest, it's not scary and you WILL be saving a life.
The Story So Far!
Our first, official rehome was on 19th September 2011 (Oscar).
Up to 31st December 2011 we had rehomed 33 dogs. That's 33 dogs who are alive today who may otherwise not have been. We are surprised, delighted and over-whelmed.
By the end of March 2012 we had rehomed an astonishing 62 dogs. Thank you to everybody who chose to rehome a dog from us, without you these dogs would all no longer be alive - lang may yer lum reek!
On 30th June 2012 we received our 100th dog through the doors. For Lorraine and Richard (a couple who initially thought they may rehome a couple of dogs each year) it was an emotional moment. Thoughts went to Maggie and Zara and moved on to all the dogs who have passed through.
By 12th August 2012 we had saved 120 dogs with 92 of them rehomed. Our aim is to successfully rehome our 100th dog before our 1st anniversary!!
Woo Hoo!! We did it!!! On 27th August 2012 we rehomed our 100th dog. Albert (now called Jet) had been with us for nearly 8 months before finding a home - our 100th dog couldn't have been better. Emotional times :-)
On 15th of November 2012 Morag became the 130th dog we re-homed. She had been with us since the 28th of July, continually overlooked despite being a lovely girl. We are delighted for her. Good luck Morag.
By 31st December 2012 we had received 158 dogs through the doors. Most of these dogs have been "death row" dogs, therefore their lives have been saved. These dogs would not be alive if not for the continual support of you!! From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the dogs, we thank you.
16th July 2013 A BIG DAY
DOG 200 Dottie, a little Romanian dog who came from a horrendous shelter in Bacau, Romania. She has a birth defect on one back leg but it doesn't stop her. She is truly wonderful and now lives with Elizabeth Pirie in Maud, Aberdeenshire.
Thank you to everybody who has adopted a rescue dog. You haven't changed the world, but for the dog you adopted, their world has changed forever.