Like me, you have probably never heard the name Danielle Eden before. She isn’t a movie star or a pop singer, but she is a hero nonetheless.
Eden is a co-founder of the Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in King, Ontario. The group was inspired to start Dog Tales by four street dogs they encountered and rescued in their home country of Israel.
In honor of these special dogs, they regularly travel back to Israel in search of other pups in need. They have seen animals living in deplorable conditions that most of us could not even imagine.
But nothing could have prepared Eden for what she would see last January when she arrived at an Israeli shelter intended to house up to 70 dogs.
It was currently home to more than 250 canines in various stages of neglect. The rats outnumbered the dogs.
Rodent carcasses littered the already filthy ground. Dogs who had spent years in the decrepit shelter fought over scraps of bread (their only food source) as they were tossed between the bars.
Each creature seemed to be more desperate than the last. She found it impossible to pick and choose which animal to bring home to the sprawling 50-acre sanctuary in Canada.
So Eden and her Dog Tales co-founders made a decision that would allow them to help ALL of the animals. They purchased the entire shelter.
90 of the dogs have been relocated into better conditions throughout Israel. Twenty-five have made the journey back to the Dog Tales headquarters in Ontario.
The remaining 150 dogs are still at the original shelter in Israel, but Dog Tales is overseeing a complete overhaul of the facility. An Israeli team is transforming the shelter, while veterinarians tend to the medical needs of the dogs.
Eden’s ultimate goal is to relocate all of the remaining dogs to Ontario. Of the 25 already there, more than half have already been adopted!
Even though they are finally safe, the dogs still have a long road ahead. They will need to adjust to balanced diets and life outside of a cage, but with the amazing folks at Dog Tales in their corner, these pups can finally learn to trust again.
According to the Dog Tales Facebook page, the best way to help is to consider adopting a dog. If you are not able to take in a pup at this time, share their story so that others may do so.
Each dog that is placed into a loving home means another open spot at the. Ontario sanctuary for one of the dogs still waiting to be brought over from Israel.