Zola and Diego were tough-looking brothers with a heart of gold. Their owners suddenly had to move abroad and could not take them. When TNR Trust checked on the dogs, we found that the owners had left them with their gardener.
He had done his best to take care of them. This is how they looked like upon arrival to TNR Trust:
Expats and Pets: Leaving your pet with staff is NOT a solution
Leaving your pet with staff could sound like a perfect plan, but it has many flaws. Once you are gone, they often do not have the means to give your pet the same amount of care they got when you were here. In this case, the gardener had taken care of Zola and Diego whilst the owners were around, but because he didn’t have a job anymore, he had to move back to the countryside with his pregnant wife. He didn’t have a dog house for them, not enough money to feed them and to provide vet care (Diego was prone to skin rash), couldn’t afford transportation to get them to his new home and above all, he wasn’t sure how they would behave towards a newborn baby.
TNR Trust made an exception and came to the rescue
Usually TNR Trust does NOT take on dogs that expats cannot take home. But we made an exception for these 2 boys as one of our Trustees had known them ever since they were puppies.
Diego and Zola were taken into the care of TNR Trust. They got a thorough veterinary check-up and Diego got a treatment that sorted out his skin rash. They were then moved to a foster home where they could get used to human and dog company.
Volunteers fell head over heels for them: not only because they were beautiful Staffordshire crosses but also because they were so lovely and extremely intelligent. DIEGO was remarkably clever and very aware of his surroundings. He did have quite a high prey drive. ZOLA was a happy go-lucky boy and likes to go along with whatever Diego has planned.
Because of the prey drive and no history with children, TNR Trust started looking for a MATURE and experienced dog owners without cats, small animals or small children. We got contacted by a lot of people who were interested in adopting them. Lots of people wanted to breed with them. However, we put in the TNR Adoption Policy that we require adopted dogs to be spayed/neutered once they are of proper age. On top of that, Diego and Zola had already been neutered by their previous owners.
So what happened with these 2 boys?
We eventually found a loving and nurturing home for them. This family had initially been wanting to adopt just 1 dog, but after they walked with both Zola and Diego, they saw how much these 2 siblings interacted and how much they were in sync (even when peeing!).
One of the TNR Trustees who had been involved in the whole rescue went to check up on them after they got settled in into the family and was pleasantly surprised upon arrival:
“House visit with my favourite bully boys Diego and Zola this evening. They look fabulous and are so happy! They went crazy when I drove in and didn’t know what to do with themselves. Lots of kisses and spinning and bringing me anything they could find in the garden as gifts. Old bones, balls, tug toys, etc. Eventually they jumped into my car and lay down on the back seat to calm down ” – TNR Trustee
Finding a TNR dog or cat a perfect home
Even though quite a number of dogs and cats go in and out of the care of TNR Trust, we make sure that every animal finds a matching family to provide them with a stable and nurturing home. We also follow-up with a house visit to ensure both the animals and their new family are getting used to each other.