Ralf’s new lease of life

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A PUPPY found on a South Yorkshire street with horrific injuries after being kicked by his previous owner now has a loving new home.

Four-month-old border terrier cross Ralf had to have one of his legs amputated after being taken in by animal charity Rain Rescue because one of the joints was shattered.

The Rotherham-based charity is still looking for a permanent home for Oliver, a Staffie found on allotments in Darnall, Sheffield, who had to have a leg amputated after a fight with a bigger dog.

Ralf, who was found in Matlby, is now looking forward to a new life with Sue Utley and her husband, Peter, who live in Chapeltown, Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Rain Rescue now have a third dog with a missing limb to rehome – terrier-Staffie-cross Brock, who was also discovered in Maltby and is believed to have been the victim of a road accident.

Sue, a retired BT worker and her husband, who used to work as an engineer, had been looking after Ralf as foster carers for Rain rescue, but decided they could not bear to give him up.

The grandparents already have two chihuahua dogs Rosie and Lola.

Sue said: “We’ve been looking after Ralf since just after Christmas and have been through a lot with him.

“When it came to the crunch, we couldn’t give him up. We’ve fostered a lot of dogs over the years and will continue to do so, but sometimes giving them up when a new home is found is the hardest thing.

“Rosie is also a rescue dog, although we bought Lola when she was a 17-week-old puppy.”

Oliver remains with one of Rain Rescue’s foster carers and a temporary home is being found for Brock.

Rain Rescue, based in Rotherham but which has a shop on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, is appealing for people to come forward to adopt the amputee dogs – and other dogs and cats they look after.

The charity, which is strapped for cash due to the numbers of abandoned pets, is also seeking a home for a Staffordshire terrier puppy, Hope, who was found dumped in a doorway.

Facebook pages set up for Ralf and Oliver to help raise funds for Rain Rescue, which needs donations of £85,000 a year, have attracted more than 1,000 friends in total.

Jacquie Neilson, who runs Rain Rescue, said: “We have had interest in people wanting to adopt Ralf and Oliver but need more people to come forward who could provide homes for our animals.

“We are also appealing for donations to cover our costs. Everything we do is funded by donations, including operations which we have had to fund for each of these three dogs which have lost limbs.

“We can’t get Lottery funding because they say no to animal welfare bids – yet every day, I have people crying on the phone to me with problems with their pets.

“Sadly pets are facing a bleak future in today’s economy and it needs to be raised that if welfare charities aren’t supported there won’t be any to help in the near future. We are struggling to such a point I don’t know how much longer we can carry on for.”

* Visit Rain Rescue email admin@rainrescue.co.uk, text RAIN04 with a donation to 70070 or call 07725 888207 with donations. Also see the charity’s Facebook page.