My inbox included an email from a friend, who forwarded a beautiful story about a rescued dog. The rescue took place in 2003, and a story of the dog’s future unfolded. I researched the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary and found it not only to be true, but that there are more stories to be had on their website.
Police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed in 2003 and found a whimpering, cowering dog locked in the shed. Abandoned, dirty, and starved, the young dog also was a victim of abuse. The police took the female greyhound to Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, opened in 2001 by Geoff Grewcock. In two years, the sanctuary had gained a reputation as a haven for abandoned, orphaned, or needy animals. The greyhound certainly fit in those categories.
Geoff and the other sanctuary staff made an exception to their wild casualties rule by accepting the greyhound. They had two aims with the dog, which they named Jasmine: restore her to full health, and win her trust. Within several weeks, both goals were achieved. She was now ready for adoption, except Jasmine had adopted the staff, the sanctuary, and all the animal residents, present and future. Jasmine started welcoming other animal arrivals: rabbit, bird, fox cub, or the occasional puppy. Any lost or hurting animal receives a welcoming vote of confidence from Jasmine.
The sanctuary was set up for wild casualties, such as swans, foxes, badgers, owls, hawks, ducks, and hedgehogs. They have also opened their doors to small domestic animals, as well. Sadly enough, there are uncaring pet owners everywhere. A safe haven is provided for dumped, unwanted, mistreated rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, cockatiels, parrots, and budgies. Due to limited space, cats and dogs are not accepted. The goal is to find loving homes for 99% of the domestic pets.
Admission is free to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. Like any charity, donations are always welcome. They survive because people care, even receiving donated veterinary care from local vets. If you have ever doubted the power of the Internet, believe it now; charitable donations can be made through Pay Pal.
People sometimes say a license should be required before a privilege is given. However, requiring a license before getting a pet would not resolve most of the problems. People have to get a license to get married, and one only needs a brief glance to see abandoned families.
To read about the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, Jasmine’s full story, or the story of Humbug the Badger, Skye the Barn Owl, and many others, or to get ideas for starting or revamping a haven in your area, visit the website here.
Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary