A NEW charity to save stray dogs on Wearside streets has been launched in the city.
Former out-of-hours dog warden, Lisa Scott, is one of a group of people who have started Happier Days for Strays, to ensure emergency care for lost and homeless pooches.
The band of volunteers are available to collect any dog in need and care for them until their owners are found or a suitable kennel place for rehoming.
In the first 24 hours of opening their Facebook page, the new charity had more than 1,500 followers, with animal-lovers pledging their support.
For six years, Lisa, a hugely-respected animal lover, acted as an out-of-hours and weekend freelance dog warden saving the lives and helping to rehome thousands of animals.
However, following a wrangle earlier this year Lisa is no longer picking the dogs up for Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council, but couldn’t bear the thought of a dog being left on the street if there was no-one available to collect it.
She said: “I can’t believe how many followers we have already, its going really well.
“It’s not just me this time, there will be a few of us taking turns to be on call and we have lots of foster carers.
“People will be able to pick up a stray dog, no matter what the time, and take it to an emergency foster carer where it will be kept safe until its owner can be found.”
Lisa, 45, who lives in Pallion, said she already has a charity fund going, which she has used to pay for vet care for strays, so that will get the charity started.
The dog-lover said the charity has even had support from police officers she has worked with over the years.
She said: “It’s not just strays. Often the police will ring me when an elderly person has died and there is no-one to look after their pet.”
All volunteers, who are home checked, are provided with emergency care packs of bowls, blankets and foods, for the dogs placed with them.
For more information, visit the website at www.facebook.com/groups/1580016738923943/ or ring the charity on 07761 743707.