I adopted my first rescue dog in 1991 via a breed specific charity and was so grateful for the support I received from them. My very unruly best friend needed a lot of training and the charity supported me throughout. I really wanted to give something back to them and this started 30 years of voluntary work within dog rescue. In 2015 I founded Hampshire Hounds Dog Rescue which gained charity status a year later. We were a small, but very successful, foster based rescue in and around The New Forest. We took dogs from pounds and owner surrenders and taking the word of the previous owner became very dangerous as we had to have these, sometimes very aggressive dogs living in our homes.
In 2019 I was introduced to Geoff, visited his kennels in Spain and was in awe of the work he was doing with the abandoned bull breeds. A great friendship formed and a year later we merged both rescues into Sunny Shores Dog Rescue. In such a short time we have gone from strength to strength and are very proud of our success. Here’s to many more years together!
In 2019 we took on a dog named Saul and this dog, above all others, attracted the interest of Tracey Vickery. After chatting for several months, Tracey booked flights and a holiday in Spain and further advancements were made until finally a decision was made, for the betterment of the dogs, to form a new legally registered charity, Sunny Shores Dog Rescue.
It was the dogs and their welfare that brought Hampshire Hounds and the PPPK, and more importantly myself and Tracey, together and we hope this union will now go from strength to strength helping more and more dogs in Spain and in the UK, with a Sunny Shores UK based foster dog operation and our Spanish based kennels.
The PPP Kennels was born of a separate rescue in 2015. With more free time due to my children growing up, the PPPK set about trying to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome PPP dogs in Spain.
Having grown up with Staffordshire Bull Terriers these are the breeds that we understand the best and there was a definite gap in the rescue world for a specialist breed specific rescue. Using contacts built up over many years, both in Spain and the UK, we decided to create a purpose-built facility to house, assess and medicate, where necessary, these abused abandoned and neglected dogs.