A lost and distressed black labrador that ran off in West Pinchbeck after being run over was luckily taken to a charity that specifically helps the breed.
Nicky Pell, who is co-ordinator for the Spalding area Labrador Lifeline Trust, was able to rescue the dog late last Thursday night.
She said: “It had wandered into the hall and my neighbour brought him round. Fortunately my brother was able to take him in for the night. He was taken to the vets the next day, where he was reunited with his lovely owners, who had been frantic with worry and out all night looking for him.
“They were so pleased – they didn’t event know we existed.
“But we desperately need foster homes because more dogs than ever are in need of help.”
The Labrador Lifeline Trust operates across the East Midlands with the Spalding area covering Market Deeping, Long Sutton, Bourne and Sleaford.
It is dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and helping labradors.
At the moment Nicky has no foster homes in the area, which has because critical as more people are finding they can no longer afford to pay for food and vets bills and have to give their beloved pets up.
The charity makes sure its foster homes have all they need to look after the dog including, bed, collar and lead, and food. It also provides a Pet24 reunification disc and ensures they are microchipped. There is always someone available to give help and advice and if necessary transport for vet visits.
All medical fees whilst in foster are paid for by the trust. In some cases dogs are sponsored by a specialist petfood company.
There is a non-put down policy at the trust and no dog is ever put to sleep unless it is a danger to the public or has become too ill and it is only done on the advice of a vet.
Ideal foster carers will be at home during the day, enjoys walking and able to take the dog out for exercise and have a fully enclosed garden.
The charity runs a comprehensive training programme for all volunteers who give their time freely.
They share a vast store of knowledge about the breed and the charity is always available for help and advice.
Nicky said: “It’s much better for a dog that needs rehoming to be in a home rather than a kennel.”
For more details call Nicky on 07966 990008 or visit www.labrador-lifeline.co.uk