Hatton Park business owner 'saves the day' and helps rescue dogs from Romania

The charitable trust was able to collect 12 dogs from Calais

A business owner based in Hatton Park donated his van so that a volunteer-run charitable trust could transport rescue dogs to their new homes.

Dogbus Transporting Paws, Saving Lives, which is based in Coventry and also has a rescue centre in Lutterworth, had their parked rescue van written off last week after it was hit by another driver.

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The volunteers were due to go to France last Friday to pick up rescue dogs from Romania and transport them to their new homes in the UK.

This was put in jeopardy after the van was written off but Andy O'Brien of K9 Club kindly stepping in to help.

Andy said: "Their dog van was written off in an accident when it was parked up and they had 12 rescue dogs to pick up in France.

"They tried to get one through their insurance company but had no luck.

"They needed a van with vents, airflow for the dogs and kennels

Andy OBrien of K9 Club donated the use of his van to Dogbus Transporting Paws, Saving Lives. Photo by Andy O'Brien.

"We saw their plea for help with transport, we had the perfect van ready to go as we had been off work.

"So it made perfect sense to help them get these dogs to their new homes

"They have another pick up this weekend and if they can’t get a van in time then they can use ours again to carry on the amazing job they are doing."

Kris Adams founder of Dogbus Transporting Paws, Saving Lives, said: "Last Wednesday evening our van was written off by a speeding driver.

ndy OBrien of K9 Club donated the use of his van to Dogbus Transporting Paws, Saving Lives. Photo by Andy O'Brien

"It took us four and a half years to fundraise for the van as it was specially modified for transporting animals.

"We had to make a decision otherwise the dogs were going to be sent back to Romania.

"Our insurance company couldn't provide a replacement in time but then Andy got in touch with us and said that he had a van we could use.

"I was like 'oh my gosh something is looking after us'.

"We got the additional insurance and made our way to Calais to get the 12 dogs and took them to their forever homes.

"Andy saved the dogs from being returned to hell.

"I don't think he realises the gravity of what he did and we will always be so grateful for him stepping in and saving the day.

"He is an amazing man and has offered is the van again if our insurance can't get us one for the weekend."

The charitable trust has also set up a fundraiser to help pay for a new dogbus. To donate go to: https://donorbox.org/riseup-dogbusFor more information about Dogbus Transporting Paws, Saving Lives go to: https://www.facebook.com/dogbus999/ or search dogbus999 on Twitter.