There are people whose purpose on Earth is undeniably to help stray animals. This is the case of the Israeli couple Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg, who have always had a deep love for dogs.
Danielle grew up in Israel and raised dogs from an early age, often adopting from a shelter near her home. She met Rob in his home country and the two decided to move to Canada with their four dogs they rescued from the street.
Their dogs inspired the pair to do their best to help homeless animals. That’s how they opened Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, a 50-acre farm in Canada’s east-central province of Ontario. The purpose of the shelter is to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of abandoned dogs.
In honor of their own dogs, the couple regularly travel to Israel to find dogs in need and bring them back to Canada for a second chance at a happy life.
It was during a recent visit, however, that the couple was struck by an impossible choice that led to an incredible decision! The story was shared on the official Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary Facebook page.
The couple says that in all their trips to Israel, they visit local shelters and make lists of 10 to 20 dogs to rescue on each trip. They are always looking for the toughest possible cases, elderly dogs, dogs with disabilities and dogs that have been waiting for a home for years, for example. “Making these lists is distressing, but it’s usually pretty clear which dogs need our help the most,” said Danielle.
Earlier in the year, they were taken to a shelter where we had never been before. Even used to seeing dogs that are in a terrible state, she was shocked by the conditions of the place. To say the shelter was overcrowded is an understatement, according to her. There were more than 250 dogs crammed into a space that had a capacity of 70.
There were 6 dogs in each cage, all fighting over pieces of bread, their daily food. “Rats were everywhere, and the dogs, most of which had been there for years, were terrified.”
For the first time, it wasn’t obvious to the couple which dogs were most in need. So, the only alternative the couple came to was to buy the shelter and save all the dogs that barely survived there.
“In the last two months, 90 have been relocated in Israel to more suitable shelters. 25 have already made the trip to Canada. 150 remain. We set up a team in Israel to clean the shelter and make the dogs more comfortable until we have room to bring them here,” he reported.
While in Israel, veterinarians will take care of the dogs to resolve any urgent health issues. The team will work with the dogs every day to socialize them and teach them to trust again. Thanks to the kind couple, the dogs will finally have a decent life until they find a home.
The video below, also posted on the shelter’s Facebook, shows the decaying and heartbreaking situation the place was in before Danielle and Rob arrived. Look:
“With time, with patience and with love, we know that their expressions will change”, he concludes.