Islay Dog Rescue is not for profit organisation, operated by Lorraine Jardine and a dedicated band of volunteers from Glen Islay Farm, a small-holding near Cumnock, on the South-West Coast of Scotland. Lorraine is passionate about animals and dedicated to helping dogs who have found themselves in dog pounds. Specifically, rescuing dogs who are on "death row".
In the beginning...
Islay Dog Rescue came to be 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 was Bruce and he was about 6 or 7 years old. Anyway, once we had assessed him, neutered him etc we decided we couldn't part with him. So in essence, we'd failed & went 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 was 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 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 visit our adoption page.
Honest, it's not scary and you WILL be saving a life.