Future of rescue and rehoming service for dogs is under threat
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
A woman fearing for the future of her rescue service which takes in, rehabilitates and rehomes dogs is desperately searching for a new premises.
For the past eight years, Liz Haslam has run Beds for Bullies in Barnham, near Thetford.
The service specialises in helping to rescue and rehome English bull terriers, many of whom were abused or used as bait dogs.
Ms Haslam also offers a fostering service, runs a boarding kennels from the site and cares for 16 bull terriers which cannot be rehomed.
But she is facing a battle to find a new home with 16 months left on her lease.
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“I know people will say I have still got time left but we have been looking for two years but have come up with nothing,” said the 49-year-old.
“I have gone from strength to strength and there is absolutely no way in this world I am going to stop.
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“I just need that lucky break where somebody says: ‘Yes Liz, you can live here’.”
Ms Haslam said she believes potential landlords have been put off by the type of dog she cares for.
She said: “Unfortunately the breed has had in the past quite a bad reputation. What people need to understand is that every dog is capable of biting, it does not matter what breed they are.”
Ms Haslam, who has worked with dogs all her life, said she would prefer the premises to be within a 20 to 30 mile radius of Barnham due to good relationships with nearby vets.
She said it could a property which needs work or land where she could set up a static caravan and move her kennels from the current premises.
A number of people have volunteered to help with the move, including dismantling and setting up the kennels, when the time arrives.
If a new home is not found, Ms Haslam fears the 16 dogs she cares for will lose their lives and she would no longer be able to run the rescue service.
On why she started Beds for Bullies, she said: “There is a home out there for every dog and I aim to find it for them.”
To donate to the Beds for Bullies relocation costs, visit the Beds for Bullies fundraising page.
If you can help with the new premises, call Liz Haslam on 07817501012.