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Local Charity: Woodfield Dog Rescue

Woodfield is a small dog rescue shelter based in Harrogate which opened in November 2017. It was founded by Janet McDougall and her husband Andrew and supports Janet's work with Mădălina, a volunteer at the Boldesti Public Shelter in Romania, whose love and dedication to feed, care and save the lives of dogs is beyond incredible.

Janet and Andrew have five dogs of their own, including two Boldesti boys and a female from another kill shelter. In 2017 Janet felt she could no longer just support the shelter from afar and felt compelled to visit. Before setting off to Romania, Janet raised funds by doing a ‘sponsored slim’ for her spaniel, Bella. The funds raised from this were used to fund a 3-day spay clinic.

The trip to the Boldesti Shelter in Romania was life-changing for Janet, and upon returning home, she quickly arranged for a mini-shelter to be built so that some of the dogs she had met in Romania could be brought over here to safety. Shortly after this, the first group of dogs arrived, including Panda, Grace, Rose, Viola and Max. Sadly, Esme and Sweetpea didn’t make it due to distemper, and this loss broke Janet’s heart, but also motivated her to work even harder to save more lives.

After the first group of dogs found their forever homes, they fundraised to generate enough to pay for the next group. Fundraising continues and has allowed a number of other dogs to come to the UK and be found loving and kind homes. When the dogs arrive, Janet works tirelessly to ensure they are happy and healthy, and they learn to trust her and form a connection.

Woodfield also raises funds to help the 400 plus dogs in the Boldesti Public Shelter and these funds help with food, vet care, vaccinations, spay clinics and all other preparations needed to help the dogs leave the shelter to places of safety. They also raise funds to help with shelter improvements and kennel builds.

When the transport arrives at Woodfield with the new dogs, it is filled with provisions which it takes back for the dogs at Boldesti. Donations of food and bedding are therefore always gratefully received.

The team is very small and consists of hard-working dog-loving volunteers. They are always looking for new partnerships so if you would like to get involved with helping to raise urgently needed funds, please get in touch.

There is a range of merchandise available via the website and if you would like to raise funds for the charity, please call the fundraising manager, Nat on 07717 860143.

You can also select The Woodfield Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity. To do this, go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk/

To find out more:

Website: woodfielddogrescue.com

Email: thewoodfieldfoundation@gmail.com

Telephone: 07899 991967