Lost & Found Line 01559 362800 / 01559 362990

What to do if you lose/find a dog:

Ring the police, make your local council dog warden service aware. Put posters up everywhere you can, contact local vets (who will usually put a notice up in their waiting rooms). Contact your local rescue centres. Always ask your postman..........this is especially relevant in rural areas where postman go all over the countryside. Last, but not least, Please let us know when your pet has returned (this saves a lot of expense in 'phone calls).



History About CARA

My name is Christine Davies, in 1990 I started the Animal Lost and Found Line for Wales, I had worked with local animal sanctuaries and became aware that many of the dogs that ended up there had owners, but no-one was sure how to go about reuiniting owners with their lost pets. I was, at that time, a full time carer for my mother, who had MS. She had this illness for 30 years and, in the 10 years she was with me, had seven strokes, a hip replacement and eventually had to have a leg amputated. My mother, Doris, was a real fighter and had much love for animals. I must have driven her to distraction whilst she lived with me (after my father died in 1989) I would turn up from shopping trips with pups, stray cats and, on one occassion, a lamb (this wasn't noticed too much because I think she confused it with her toy poodle!). Although I loved my mum and caring for her was never in doubt, I felt cut off from prior friends and felt that I wasn't doing a 'real job'. After starting the Animal Lost and Found Line, I started ringing around the dog pounds to find out if any of the lost dogs on my list, were there. I was mortified to find that, after 7 or 9 days, if unclaimed, the dogs were destroyed. I had met Sylvia Wragg, who founded Last Chance Animal Rescue in Kent and was aware that she came to Wales every week and took the stray dogs from Swansea and some ex-breeding dogs from puppy farms. I thought, if she can do it for one pound then surely, if rescues in the UK were aware of the problem, and if we could get the transport then, maybe we could stop all these dogs being destroyed and get the councils to adopt a 'non destruct' policy. At first, I rang a few well known rescues, got places for our dogs, and hired vans in which to move them, driven by volunteers. After a few months I was contacted by a family in Haverfordwest, their six year old son had died of a brain tumour and they wanted to help dogs because of his passion for them.......his name was Stevie Gledhill........what a wonderful inspiration. His mother, Denise (Denny) and her husband came to visit me and said how much they would like to help on a permanent basis. Dennys brother, Brian Davies, ran the Welsh Bakery in Haverfordwest and kindly offered their old bread van for use in the rescue of our stray dogs and so.................the Welsh Bakery Van became a legend in the valleys of Wales. I wouldn't waste money on respraying the van and was very keen for the public to know who donated the vehicle so, we left all their signwriting on, but added that the van had been donated by the Welsh bakery. That van moved over 20,000 dogs, numerous battery hens, goats, guinea pigs, cats/kittens, pigs............it really made a difference. Unfortunately that van 'died' and Dogstrust gave us one of their smaller vehicles, which kept us going for another year, we then had a van donated by an agility club in Maidenhead and eventually, after much fundraising, got a 3yr old van, which we still have. However, much has happened during the past year, unfortunately there is a lot of derision in animal rescue and we have lost a lot of funding over the past year. Although many of our original rescues, ie Dogstrust, National Animal Welfare Trust, Blue Cross, and many small, dedicated rescues, remain loyal to saving the welsh dogs, finding the funding to move the dogs is becoming more and more difficult. Ironically, Sylvia Wragg, my inspiration for starting CARA eventually left Last Chance, moved to the USA, married an american, Bill Van Atta and continued rescue work there until she returned, two years ago and set up a rescue, Many Tears Rescue, in Cross Hands, West Wales. Since opening, Sylvia has been instumental in rescuing strays/ex breeding dogs, and successfully rehoming them.

A Better Deal For Strays

Two local authority dog pounds have been closed down since CARA started........neither of which fed or cared for the dogs in their care. We strive to continue some sort of 'real deal' for stray dogs, many of which are still treated as 'second class animals' by pounds and vets alike. This WILL change as we have many agencies watching what local authorities are providing by way of care for their strays. At present one west wales pound has, after 10years non destruct, started destroying the strays, even though local rescues have offered to take them . Gladly, there will shortly be a television programme outlining what this council and the new owners of their pound kennels have been doing to the stray dogs and what taxpayers money was being spent on.

Please Help to Save Lives

The battle to save lives is always ongoing.........there is no problem with the animals......it is ALWAYS the people...yet....invariably, the animals pay with their lives. CARA is here to stop that..............the largest number of animals destroyed in the UK is carried out by the RSPCA.......'prevention of cruelty' should NEVER MEAN DEATH.

CARAs Work Is Never Done

The other things CARA gets involved with is vets bills for those who cannot afford to treat their animals, fostering for elderly/sick people who just need somewhere temporary to care for their pets, campaining for better laws/resources to deal with the stray problem (which other countries have tackled and resolved to the satisfaction of owners and taxpayers........we are, supposedly, a 'nation of animal lovers'..........so where is the love? We will try to help any animal in need, often available when other rescues are closed, after hours, bank holidays........we are there. The police put people in touch when they have lost or found an animal.......we usually end up taking the animal in if it is out of hours and the dog warden service is not available. With help from Dogstrust, we have managed to get ALL of the dog pounds we deal with in Wales, vaccinated........this makes finding places at rescue centres so much easier and stops the awful diseases we were forced to deal with in the past. You can help us to continue our work by donating whatever you are able, you can even do it NOW online with your credit/debit card securely through pay pal. CARA has always moved dogs from the Welsh pounds to rescues on the understanding that, unless terminally ill or umpredictably aggressive, no dog should be destrooyed before first being offered back to us. We still have many of these dogs, not in kennels, in permanent foster homes since, most of the problems they displayed were caused, primarily, by being in kennels