Recently, residents of County Fermanagh in Ireland reported two homeless shepherds to local animal rescuers. They had been seen near farms where there had been heavy thunderstorms and rain that day. Despite the adverse conditions, a team of three volunteer rescuers went out to look for the dogs. Unfortunately, they could not find them right away. The rescuers spent three days looking for the shepherd, going around local farms and forests. On the last day they feared they wouldn’t be able to find them, but luckily they found them hiding in a farmer’s barn.
“We were feeling a little deflated as we couldn’t get close to them, and we just wanted to bring them to safety,” Mannion told The Dodo.
The shepherds turned out to be sisters. They were named Thora and Levina. Volunteers lured them with food and immediately took them to the shelter where they began to examine and rehabilitate them. Several local rescue organizations picked up the cost of treating the dogs, and soon they were in a holding facility. At first, the sisters were afraid of people and stayed away from them but in time they realized there was nothing to be afraid of.
“It was a very intense, overwhelming feeling of pure joy and excitement,” Mannion said. “We were still very concerned for their well-being, but we were just so thrilled to have them in a secured area. There were definitely a few tears.” “This took so much pressure off us, and we could just really enjoy our time with them,” Mannion said. “It was almost euphoric!”
The dogs may have learned for the first time what real love and care are. Now they continue to live with their caretakers, recovering and learning to trust. Soon, they will begin to find permanent owners for the sisters. Thanks to kind people for saving these cuties!
“We couldn’t ask for any better,” Mannion said. “They are so content, and they know they are so loved.”