Small breed rescue charity seeing growing demand

Teigan, the latest rescue dog. EMN-140926-093136001
Teigan, the latest rescue dog. EMN-140926-093136001

The founders of an Osbournby-based pet rescue charity are seeing more and more cases needing their help due to an aging population.

The Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Breed Rescue charity was set up by Sue Harrowell 30 years ago and has a network of foster homes for pets in need.

The organisation focuses on Yorkshire terriers and other breeds weighing under 10kg. Mrs Harrowell warned that such small breeds were particularly attractive to elderly owners who are not best suited as they can become too immobile or have to move into care.

Mrs Harrowell says on her recent return from the NEC in Birmingham promoting her charity she had yet another 11 requests for dogs to be rescued. She said: “It is getting worse and if moving into rented property landlords are often refusing to allow pets.”

Their latest rescue case is a 14-year-old terrier found in the home of an elderly woman who had died. Teigan is suffering from large tumours and has had to have all her teeth and several lumps removed. Mrs Harrowell says: “A biopsy has shown the tumour is malignant but because she is 14 it’s not an option to remove it.” She will need to go to a long term foster home close by to live out her final days.

If you can help the charity, email: admin@yorkieandtoy or call 01529 455623.