Little Black Dog Guernsey Rescue and Adoption (LBD) is a local dog rescue organisation, which was created in 2016 and in 2017 it became a Guernsey registered charity (CH563). It is run by a small team of ladies, with many more helpers behind the scenes helping to raise finds.
Our sole aim is to rescue abandoned dogs from Spain and to find them suitable forever loving homes in Guernsey, Sark and Herm. Whilst we initially worked independently, in 2020 we started working in conjunction with SCAN (Society for the Care of Animals in Need), who are a registered rescue charity in Spain. SCAN have amazing purpose-built kennels which are run to a very high standard by Barry Caulfield and his wonderful team of volunteers in Spain. SCAN rescue cats as well as dogs in Spain, often saving them from having to enter the kill stations and face possible euthanisation. All dogs are assessed and whilst many have lived in loving homes and been surrendered to the shelter for no fault of their own, those that need rehabilitation are given the time and help necessary for them to adjust. Dogs are also rescued from kill stations for rehoming whenever possible. SCAN ensure that all the necessary veterinary requirements are undertaken under their supervision, in order for their animals to meet all medical requirements to be adopted in Guernsey and to arrive in a fit and healthy condition.
If you choose to adopt a Spanish rescue, all the technicalities, paperwork and travel arrangements are taken care of for you, so once the formalities have been met, you leave it to us until your dog arrives. All the rescue dogs are blood tested, vaccinated, neutered, or spayed (if old enough), rabies inoculated, treated for worms, ticks, fleas and are micro chipped and vaccinated against Leishmaniosis. Both rescues work closely with the States of Guernsey veterinarian department and not only adhere to all the mandatory medical requirements regarding the importation of dogs, but also to additional tests and treatments which they suggest. Little Black Dog take care of the home checks locally and in conjunction with SCAN, the matching and suitability of dogs to new adopters and the final placement of dogs. We deal with all the adoption arrangements which need to be put in place, provide photos of your adopted dog and updates whilst awaiting arrival. We also provide follow up help and assistance to any dogs which we place, if required.`
Whilst an adoption fee is charged for each rescue, this is kept to a minimum and it very rarely covers the medical and travel costs for each rescue, let alone any additional vet bills, as well as feeding of the rescues whilst they are awaiting new homes, or undergoing rehabilitation if this is necessary. We therefore work hard to raise funds throughout the year, with flag days, fayres and raffles, etc. We are always grateful to everyone that assists us with these fund raising events, donates to us individually or arranges fund raising events through their work or other independent events. If you think you could help us raise funds in any way, please get in touch with us.
If you are considering adopting a dog from Spain but would prefer to avoid all the complications that you may be faced with regarding the medical requirements and transport arrangements, please contact us on Facebook – Little Black Dog, Guernsey Rescue and Adoption. Even if you are only considering adopting a foreign rescue dog but you are still a little unsure, we will be more than happy to meet with you and go through the adoption process in detail.