Saying that Danielle Eden loves dogs is a serious understatement.
Eden is a co-founder of the Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, a sprawling 50-acre facility that rehabilitates abandoned, abused or neglected dogs and helps them to find new loving homes. In 2014, she was inspired to start the sanctuary after rescuing four street dogs from Israel and, since then, Dog Tales has given more than 400 dogs from Israel and Canada the opportunity to have a better life. When, on a recent trip to Israel, she walked into one of the most overcrowded, deplorable shelters she’d ever seen, she did something incredible: She bought the shelter, along with the 250 dogs who were packed into its cages.
“For once, it was not obvious to us which dogs needed us the most. They all needed us,” Dog Tales wrote on Facebook. “We realized that it would be impossible to make a list deciding which dogs would be rescued from this horrific life, and which would be left behind.”
Since Eden and her colleagues made the decision to take on 250 animals, more than 90 have been sent to other, better equipped shelters in Israel and 25 have been flown to Dog Tales in Canada. There are 150 dogs left, which are being cared for in the original shelter until other arrangements can be made for them. Eden says that a team of veterinarians will be treating the dogs and working on socializing them.
Dog Tales can care for 100 dogs at a time, so Eden is encouraging Canadians (and perhaps those willing to travel for a potential pet) to adopt, making more room for the remaining dogs from Israel.
“The most important thing that we can do for these, and for all of our dogs, is to share their story and be their voice,” she writes.