Dorset's newest dog rescue teams up with the county's oldest animal charity to launch their 'Save a Staffie' campaign
Calli Bryne from Staffie and Stray Rescue with Helen Chittock from Margaret Green Animal Rescue, with Carla who was rescued by Margaret Green Animal Rescue
Margaret Green Animal Rescue, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, have joined forces with Staffie and Stray Rescue in Bournemouth to raise awareness for this often misunderstood breed.
As the two rescues see increasing numbers of Staffies needing their help, the Save a Staffie campaign aims to challenge negative perceptions about the breed while showing people just what amazing family dogs Staffies can make.
Calli Byrne who founded Staffie and Stray Rescue last year explains: “Sadly, the reputation of Staffies has been tarnished in recent years as they have been increasingly bred as status dogs. They became the dog of choice for people wanting a fearsome-looking dog because they look stocky and powerful.
Before this though, they were traditionally known as “the nanny dog” because they are so good in a family environment and adore people.”
Helen Chittock, manager at Margaret Green Animal Rescue’s Lincoln Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre for dogs, adds: “We hope that by raising awareness of the wonderful qualities that these dogs possess, we can help re-educate people to think again about adopting one as a pet.”
Almost all the dogs rescued by Staffie and Stray Rescue are either Staffies or Staffie crosses and added to over a fifth of all the dogs rescued by Margaret Green Animal Rescue, that’s a lot of Staffies that need rescuing.
Helen said: “Often Staffies are overlooked by adopters in favour of other ‘more popular’ breeds. We hope that by raising awareness of this loyal breed we can change public perceptions and see an increase in families coming forward to adopt.”
Calli added: “With basic training and exercise these dogs are a joy to own and they give you a constant excuse to smile (And cuddle’s on tap!).”
If you would like to help, there are a number of ways to get involved:
Spread the Word: Download a “Save a Staffie” poster, put it in your window and ask your local shop to display it on their notice board. Please ask your friends to put one up too. Download your poster from www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk or www.staffieandstrayrescue.co.uk.
Get Social: Share your happy Staffie photos on Facebook with the hashtag #SaveaStaffie! Find these two charities on Twitter: Search for @MGAnimalRescue and @StaffiesRescue.
Volunteer: Staffies are highly intelligent and love to be around people. Volunteer to walk a Staffie at Margaret Green Animal Rescue, or ask Staffie and Stray Rescue about becoming a fosterer and make a difference to a dog’s life today.
Adopt: Finally, if you are thinking of adopting a dog, please contact Margaret Green Animal Rescue on 01929 471340 or Staffie and Stray Rescue on 07450 207417.