*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

email: saharagriff@hotmail.com.


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:  judycree@gmail.com

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: angelasauco@hotmail.it




Pastore maremma mix dogs

Please help rehome these Maremma mix sisters

I have been contacted by Susanna from ANZIO, LAZIO who sadly has to rehome two Maremma mix sisters aged four as a result of her parents’ divorce. She was studying abroad and it seems her mother and partner neglected the dogs.

Susanna writes: “It breaks my heart to give them away, they are loving creatures and have been my support through difficult times. Nanà and Naminè are good guardian dogs and are also very intelligent. I am getting them trained. They are microchipped. They are both female, sisters from the same mother.

They are not used to kids, Naminè seems to be able to tolerate cats but Nanà does not. They have not been sterilised.

They are used to being inside and outside. I think a garden is needed to keep them because they have always been used to be in the garden. However they sleep inside. They have had some bad experiences with my mother’s partner and with my mother. They were not let out of the garden for walking and were not kept properly. I was studying abroad and were not able to avoid it. Therefore they are cautious with people and accepting strangers in their group. They are fine with other dogs. I am getting them trained to improve their behaviour and self confidence. They are learning very well but I am aware that we need someone that will make an effort for these dogs to give them finally a normal life. This is why I am contacting you, I am very concerned for their future. I am not able to keep them financially nor in terms of space or time but I sincerely want to amend for how they have been treated. I wish for them a good owner that will be willing to understand their situation and co-operate with me and the educator to give them the life they deserve.

I truly hope you can help me and I thank you sincerely for any help you will be able to provide me and them. We are looking to give them away together or separately.


Please contact Susanna email: himiko@live.co.uk

Tel: 377 4867496

Three Lovely Puppies Looking for Home

Beth has contacted me from Abruzzo. Although she has just moved to Italy she has already rescued three puppies who were dumped at the side of the road. She now wants to find them loving homes with responsible, experienced dog-loving families. This is what she writes:

puppy Molly


Puppy Tyler


Puppy Rex


Their names are Rex, Tyler and Molly but they are still getting used to them so I’m sure they wouldn’t mind changing them for the right family. They are three months old approximately and they have been chipped, wormed, flea treated, had two of their vaccinations (3rd one due in a month’s time 9th august) each have scallibore collars which are inexpensive and protect them against fleas, ticks and mosquitos.

The vet guessed that they are a mix of spinone italian hunting dogs and Staffordshire terrier. They want to be indoor dogs not kennel dogs and are looking for a family to love them and spend a lot of time playing with, walking and snuggling them.

“They are still learning to be house trained (it’s a lot harder teaching three at a time!!) but they will use a litter box most of the time if they get carried away and forget to go outside in time. They are beautiful little characters already full of excitement and typical puppy mischief. I want to be absolutely sure they are going to good homes who know how to properly look after a dog and the extra time and love needed to help a puppy fully develop. They want to be equal members of a loving family not lawn ornaments or guard dogs.

“I am still in the early stages of learning italian so my grasp of it is still fairly poor but any Italian speakers can email me and I will use google translator to help me out :) These beautiful little puppies had a rough start to life. They were dumped in a rubble tip at the side of the road in the boiling heat hungry and alone and they under no circumstances want their children to have to go through the same thing. For this reason I would ask anyone considering adopting them to have them neutered/spayed at the appropriate age this also gives the puppies a chance at a longer life as cancer originating in the reproductive system is a huge killer in the canine world.

“It would probably be best to rehome them separately to homes without dogs currently as they are starting to become a little territorial over things like food and toys. (It’s probably a phase but just in case being as I don’t know either of their breeds well and it may be a quirk of the breed rather than the age.)

“I am based at Valviano near Bisenti, Abruzzo, but for a great home I would be willing to travel further afield of needs be the important thing is that the puppies get the quality of life that they deserve.

email: betaliarom@googlemail.com  phone: 0044 759 5771007