Abandoned Pregnant German Shepherd And Her Ten Puppies Found New Homes By Charity

Hazel, a two year old German Shepherd Dog, has finally found a new home, following a stressful four months after being abandoned heavily pregnant alongside her male companion and two puppies from her previous litter.

Taken in by Devon German Shepherd Dog Rescue in February this year, Hazel's two six month old puppies were rehomed alongside Boz, her male companion.

Shortly after, Hazel went on to have a further eight puppies that were all successfully homed thanks to the charity which has recently benefitted from a £4,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

Jean Steel from Devon German Shepherd Dog Rescue, said: "We had a call about a dog and pregnant bitch that needed rehoming and it wasn't until we had picked them up that we found out about the six month old puppies. At just 18 months old, Hazel was due to have her second litter."

During her pregnancy and afterwards, Hazel suffered with a chronic ear problem but unfortunately medication had to be limited until her puppies had been weaned. Once they had been weaned, treatment began to fix the problem she was suffering with.

Before being rehomed, Hazel was looked after by Jan and Chris from Camelot Kennels who cared for her and her puppies before they went on to find their new homes. Hazel now lives happily with her new owners, Marilyn and Graham Daggers in Dawlish, Devon.

Marilyn said of Hazel: "What a superb little lady we have - such a good tempered girl and very sweet. She has also fallen in love with my son and his partner and they with her; she has stayed with them the odd night at the weekend and loves it. They lost their German Shepherd six months ago and dote on her."

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust recently gave Devon German Shepherd Dog Rescue a grant of £4,000 to assist with its work helping German Shepherd Dogs and to fund vital veterinary care.

Jean continues: "A very large percentage of the dogs we bring in need veterinary attention.  A lot of bitches are not spayed and both dogs and bitches are often not vaccinated. This, along with health problems, is a continual drain on our resources.  The grant money of £4,000 gives a boost financially and to morale. Without the Kennel Club Charitable Trust support, the amount of dogs that come in to our rescue would be considerably reduced."

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8 million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs' lives, such as the Devon German Shepherd Dog Rescue, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.

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