When our staff arrive at work, the last thing they want to be greeted by is an abandoned animal.
Sadly that’s what happened earlier this year, when live-in member of staff Laura Randall was told by a member of the public that a Border Collie was tied to their fence in Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes.
She explains: “Chaos the Collie was found terrified and shaking, she was cold and confused and it was a heart-breaking start to the day.
“We try to take on as many animals as we can, and we understand that people can become desperate – however please, please if you have to give up your pet, speak to us first.
“We didn’t know anything about this poor dog, what her favourite food was, what she liked to play with, all simple things like that can help with the transition into kennels.”
It was clear from day one that Chaos had a lot of behaviour issues, she wasn’t aggressive, but she was very nervous and uncomfortable in a lot of situations.
Laura adds: “We knew she would be difficult to re-home, most owners want a ready-made, perfect family dog and Chaos wasn’t that.
“We needed an owner to take her on who understood her Collie traits as well as the other issues she had developed.
“It was devastating for the staff, because they saw her soft side that most visitors didn’t. Deep down Chaos is sweet but she has definitely had a troubled past.”
Then came Kay, a dog behaviourist who has lots of experience with ‘difficult’ dogs. She met Chaos and the rest is history!
Kay explains: “It’s been a few months since I took Chaos home with me and she is absolutely the most bonkers dog I’ve met.
“We’re working on her problems. She has issues around traffic, she can be nervous around new people, usually men, and she is very panicky.
“She’s a very scared, fearful dog but she’s slowly becoming more excited about life instead of scared of it.
“I couldn’t think of anything better than helping an almost broken dog recover.”
For anyone who may find themselves making the tough decision to relinquish a pet, please reach out to your local rescue centre. They might not be able to take them in straight away, but most have waiting lists and will do what they can space permitting.
We will never know what situation Chaos’ previous owner was in, but knowing something about her past could help massively in her new home and training.
Furthermore, without having the owner’s permission to have the pet in our care, the animal must wait out seven stray days which delays the whole process and means the dog is left in limbo for a week, while we wait for an owner to come forward.
If you’re struggling with your pet or you need to find them a new home, please feel free to call us.
We are always happy to provide help and advice where we can, or point you in the right direction without judgement.
To follow Chaos' journey in a loving home, you can follow her on Facebook!