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Rescue dogs in lockdown: How time is running out for the sweet puppies who are struggling to find homes

Rescue dogs in lockdown: how time is running out for the sweet puppies struggling to find a new home because people can’t travel to pick them up

  • Many Tears Rescue Center, Carmarthenshire, Wales is struggling to house dogs
  • Many of the dogs were saved from dire conditions on puppy farms
  • Travel restrictions have made it difficult to place them with families
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Even in the best of times, a dog’s soulful look at a rescue center awaiting a loving owner is a face to melt the heart.

But for these puppies who are stuck for the coronavirus crisis, the hopeful waiting for a new home is far more poignant.

Travel restrictions have made it difficult to place them with families and there is fear of their future as some of those who care for them have isolated themselves.

Many of the dogs were rescued from appalling conditions at puppy farms when they no longer wanted to breed, and all are now being cared for at the Many Tears Rescue Center near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Kina, the three-year-old collie, arrived at the rescue center with seven of her puppies, all of whom have already been moved. Many Tears staff say she gets along well with other dogs and is 'full of love'

Kina, the three-year-old collie, arrived at the rescue center with seven of her puppies, all of whom have already been moved. Many Tears staff say she gets along well with other dogs and is ‘full of love’

Co-founder Sylvia Van Atta, 62, said last night, “We never let dogs sleep, but God knows what would happen if we all got coronavirus.

“It’s a nightmare. We have more than 100 dogs and 52 employees. Nine have already decided to isolate themselves and others want to isolate themselves.

“So we have fewer staff and fewer dogs being relocated due to travel restrictions. We are under great pressure. ‘

Committed: Lots of Tears staff with some of the dogs they are trying to find a home for

Committed: Lots of Tears staff with some of the dogs they are trying to find a home for

Committed: Lots of Tears staff with some of the dogs they are trying to find a home for

A group of bichon frize puppies cuddle together while they wait for a new home

A group of bichon frize puppies cuddle together while they wait for a new home

A group of bichon frize puppies cuddle together while they wait for a new home

She added, “We house about 75 dogs a week, but that has fallen to less than half. Dogs still enter. We are uptight and unfortunately many of these dogs face a bleak future.

“We are doing everything we can and will continue to work until our last breath to find them homes.”

Many tears usually run a weekly shift that takes dogs to highway parking lots where they are reunited with new owners, but this had to be scaled back.

Rescue center worker Geri Lloyd with Sid the sprollie – a springer spaniel-border collie cross. The one-year-old dog has been described as a “super-intelligent boy who loves a busy lifestyle”

Boris, the two-year-old hunting dog, was described as 'very concerned' when he arrived at the Many Tears center. Now staff say he is 'full of life' and would become a 'fantastic friend' in any loving, active home where he would get plenty of exercise

Boris, the two-year-old hunting dog, was described as 'very concerned' when he arrived at the Many Tears center. Now staff say he is 'full of life' and would become a 'fantastic friend' in any loving, active home where he would get plenty of exercise

Boris, the two-year-old hunting dog, was described as ‘very concerned’ when he arrived at the Many Tears center. Now staff say he is ‘full of life’ and would become a ‘fantastic friend’ in any loving, active home where he would get plenty of exercise

The center is funded by donations and income from the kennels of Bill Van Atta’s husband Bill, but £ 30,000 in bookings have recently been canceled.

Ms van Atta said, “We don’t give up on these dogs, but I don’t know how long we can survive.”

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