SEAFORD: Dog Rescue duo appeal for more help

Sue's Animal Magic Dog Rescue. Lucy Dunk (L) with Louie a 9 month old Terrier cross and Sue Philips (R) with Nancy a 18 month old Lurcher. May 26th 2011 E21097M
Sue's Animal Magic Dog Rescue. Lucy Dunk (L) with Louie a 9 month old Terrier cross and Sue Philips (R) with Nancy a 18 month old Lurcher. May 26th 2011 E21097M

A CHARITY based in Seaford is asking people to paws for thought about lost and unwanted dogs it re-homes - and becomea volunteer.

Seaford Dog Rescue (SDR) was set up last year by Sue Phillips, who runs the dog grooming service Sue’s Animal Magic.

When the 46-year-old was told by a customer about the dog warden coming across strays, the pair decided to set up the charity and get foster families on board so the four-legged animals could be temporarily re-homed before a long-term solution was found.

Currently SDR has around 20 volunteers, which include a mix of foster homes and those that fundraise and help with transport. But Sue is keen for more to join the team.

She said, “If a dog is found on the street it is put into kennels by the dog warden. There is officially seven days to come forward and claim it.

“If no-one comes forward and there is nowhere for the dog to go then they can be placed into a foster home.” The idea is the animals are then found a permanent home.

One particular happy ending Sue recalls includes a terrier cross they named Meg. She said, “We got her from kennels and she was absolutely terrified and really shaky.

“That night I dropped the dog off at one of our foster families and the next day it was a different dog, she was really happy. Fortunately the mother-in-law came around and decided to adopt her - Meg has quite a fan club now.”

Sue, who runs the grooming business with her 20-year-old daughter Shakira, got into the industry after combining her love of dogs and her desire to be a hairdresser.

Speaking of the charity, which runs on a 24/7 basis, Sue - a volunteer for Bulldog Rescue - said, “I really enjoy working with dogs and helping them as well. They can’t speak for themselves and there did seem to be a need for it in the area.”

Seaford Dog Rescue covers areas from Hastings to Brighton and Lewes. Anyone wishing to help should call 492219.