Can You Help Cleo?

Cleo needs a loving home


Cleo is a beautiful, gentle four-year-old crossbreed weighing around 20 kilos. She was adopted from Puglia by Laura and her husband as a companion for their other adopted dog, Juno acquired from a dog shelter in Pisa where they used to live. They tried their best to manage the two dogs, but Juno was very dominant and Cleo increasingly anxious and withdrawn. She was also very upset by traffic and the general hustle and bustle of city life.

Laura was also pregnant and they were worried Juno may attack Cleo and the baby might get caught in the middle. That is why, with broken hearts, when they relocated to London last year they decided to find Cleo a new home. They placed her with a dog behaviourist in the countryside in Tuscany and Cleo came on leaps and bounds, regained her confidence and played happily with the lady’s other five dogs.

Now the behaviourist has to move to the north of Italy and can’t take Cleo. This means that this lovely little dog may well end up in the canile or be dumped in a field and consigned to guard dog duties.

Laura and her husband are devastated at this news and have reached out to me to see if I can help find Cleo the loving country home she deserves.

Cleo is looking for a home

Cleo (top) needs a new home.

The deadline is the end of March.

Cleo is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, has a pet passport and gets on well with other dogs and with children. She has not had any experience of cats. She is currently in Pontedera about half an hour from Pisa, but it may be possible to arrange transport to another part of Italy if the right caring owner is found.



Cell +44 7490 677979        Email


*UPDATE: Very happy to report that the situation was resolved and all the animals are safe and back in the UK!*

I have been contacted by Sarah in Abruzzo who for personal reasons has to return to the UK by 20 January. She is looking to rehome 4 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats.  The dogs have been living as part of the family for several years, the cats came as kittens and are a year old.

All of them (cats and dogs)  are castrated, vaccinated, chipped and have European passports. (NOTE: For some reason these photos are showing upside down on ipads and iphones but fine on desktop. I have tried to fix it but can’t so am publishing them anyway, don’t let it put you off!)



PONCHO: 7 year-old mixed breed, found abandoned in freezing weather starving having been cut down from a wire.





Marley needs a home


MARLEY: 5 year-old mixed breed dog found starving. He does not like black dogs and will bite them.





chinhuahua Burtie


BURTIE: 4 year-old Chihuahua, dumped at Sarah’s feet by feral mother who then ran off. Born with only three working legs. Big character. Probably best homed alone as he doesn’t like other dogs but is fine with cats.






SHAKESPEARE: 3 year-old Golden Retriever thrown from a vehicle in the middle of nowhere, had broken ribs and was starving. He had terrible trust issues leading Sarah to believe he was abused. He is now a loyal and loving dog but is not good with children.








PUSHKIN and BUDDHA, one year-old brother and sister cats hand reared from 10 days old when their mother died. Friendly, affectionate, good with dogs, need to be homed together if possible.


CAN YOU HELP? Please contact Sarah on (0039) 342 515 1416




Little Benton, can you help?

Little Benton, can you help?

I have been contacted by Beth Amos whose friend looks after some properties in Abruzzo and has been looking after a dog abandoned in one of the houses by its owners. This is very urgent. She writes:

I have been made aware of an abandoned puppy  in the Atri area of abruzzo, Italy. He appears to be a few months old is very well behaved and may be a spinone x spaniel type mix. He is a gorgeous dog and needs to be rehomed urgently as the house owners are ‘allergic’ and are already trying to put him in a shelter. If you can help in any way even a foster situation or if you want to adopt him but live in another country I know people who can help advise of cost and facilitate this so please don’t let that put you off. You can contact me on Facebook (Beth amos, abruzzo, Italy) or by email to or by phone on 075 9577 1007 (+44 759577 1007 if you are not in the UK)

Loving Home Needed for Rudy the Rescue Dog

Every day it seems there are more poor dogs looking for homes. Every one of them deserves a chance and I hope that by putting their stories up here someone might see a photo and fall in love. I’ve done it myself, twice, and have never regretted it.

Rudy 3 005The adorable Rudy is in Calabria, and she was lucky enough to be rescued by a lovely lady called Judy.  It is virtually impossible to rehome dogs down there so the Internet is Rudy’s only chance. Judy writes: “Three months ago I rescued an abandoned dog who was being mistreated here, intending to get her back to health, spay her, and when she was healthy and cute again then find a home for her.  Her name is Rudy.  She is now about two years old, weighs 15 pounds.  She is black, mop-haired, smart, loving, good with children.  She is healthy, spayed, a happy little dog.  I have been unable to find a home for her.  The sindaco refuses to send her to the canile as he says I own her.  The canile will not accept her, even if I pay the monthly fee, without the sindaco’s approval.  I cannot just walk away from her in May. 

” She makes friends easily with other dogs as well as people; is best friends immediately unless the other dog or person indicates they don’t want to know her; then she just sits down, or trots away. I have English students who come to the home, and if they allow it she will lie under the table with her head on their sandals or shoes during the lesson. She loves to play — in the summer some of the summer visiting boys would come to the door to see if Rudy could play. When I go to sleep I am sleeping on my left side with my head on the pillow, and sometimes when I wake up Rudy is also sleeping on her left side with her head on the pillow. She hasn’t had much experience with cats, but when we are walking and she sees one she very much wants to chase it, so I don’t think cats would be a good fit.  “

Judy has to go back to the USA in May and is desperate to find a home for this gorgeous dog. She is currently in Camini, in Calabria, the second hill town up from the Ionian Sea.  The nearest town is Riace Superiore, also a hill town; the nearest seaside town is Caulonia, then Roccella, Siderno, etc.  They are about 1.5 hours from Reggio Calabria. Judy’s son-in-law would be willing to drive Rudy and  Judy  to the new owner if you are outside the area.


Phone Judy (English only) :  0964 733 060.  E-mail is:

For Italian speakers, Judy’s daughter is Sarah Cree, her husband is Franco Tassone, and their number is:  0964 733 056.

Home Needed for 5-Month-Old Border Collie X Pup

Border collie cross at Livorno

Can you give me a home?

We got our own lovely rescue dog Mana’ from this lady and now she is desperate to find a home for another beautiful young pup. Didi is five months old and a small to medium size female Border Collie cross. (Border Collies are number one in the rankings for most intelligent dogs in the world by the way.)

If you can give her a good home, even if you are not in the area, Livorno, then please get in touch as transport can be arranged.

Email Angela: