Once Loved Dog Rescue

Giving hope to UK pound dogs

Once Loved Dog Rescue Closing

Good bye from Betsy & Fred, the loves of my life

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Once Loved Dog Rescue is closing its doors. This is due to a health issue that I have. My condition will hopefully get easier over time, but it is one that I will only ever be able to manage, but I will never be free of it.

The last dog in the rescue who is in need of a home is Poppy. She is now in a new foster home after spending way too long in kennels. She is having some chill out time in her foster home, but then she will be needing a forever home. You can see Poppy’s profile and photos here: http://oncelovedrescue.org.uk/poppy-boxer-cross-staffordshire-bull-terrier-1-2-years-old/

The past four years have been the best, (and at times, the worst!) of my entire life. It’s a cliche, but I wouldn’t change a second of it. I have been the happiest, saddest, angriest, most inspired, in love with, that I’ve ever been during the years I’ve been running Once Loved. I’ve been lucky enough to meet the most wonderful people and dogs, and I consider those people lifelong friends. I have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and support, and on the flip side, I’ve also been more pissed off than I can ever put into words by the ignorance of people who add to the stray dog problem in this country.

Although I am having to depart the world of dog rescue, it won’t ever be completely; I will keep my eye on what’s going on, and help where I can, but in a very small, ‘non rescue person’ kind of a way. I have to do things that way.  I have needed a complete break from all of it lately, for the sake of my health. But maybe one day, when I’m strong enough to take on the stress of running a rescue, I will return. I can’t say how things will pan out. For now, I’m involved in things that aren’t stressful in the same way as dog rescue; I’m making things, and selling vintage things, I’m having to concentrate on making a bit of money to give to my lovely husband as I can’t go out to work due to my health. If you want to follow what I’m doing, you can visit my blog. I’m trying not to let it be dogs, dogs, dogs, but it’s already getting more ‘doggie’ by the day LOL!


There are so many people I would like to thank, but I’d be here all day, and as you all know how completely ditsy I am,  I’d probably forget someone and I’d hate to do that!  But you know who you are. Thank you. I love you all so much.

Sophie xxx

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