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Jodie's campaign to home stray dogs in Cyprus
FOR most people a foreign holiday is a chance to relax and unwind – but for Jodie Lane it is her opportunity to save another animal.
The former Hampshire woman has dedicated her life to rescuing stray dogs in Cyprus and finding them new homes in the UK.
Jodie began her campaign after visiting her parents and grandparents, who moved to Cyprus several years ago.
Her parents started rescuing strays and spent a large amount of their own money rehoming them in England.
Jodie decided to help out after visiting the island and discovering that a large number of unwanted dogs were either being dumped or shot.
She said: “When you drive down country lanes in England you sometimes see rabbits and pheasants. In Cyprus you see dead cats and dogs.
“I’ve always been an animal lover and once something has been highlighted I can’t ignore it.”
Since March Jodie and her family have rehomed 32 dogs.
Five others are in foster homes and another 13 are booked on flights to the UK.
The 29-year-old mother of three said: “Before I rehome any dogs I have them neutered or spayed.
“To come to the UK they have to have rabies injections, microchips and vaccinations – which costs £200. Then there are the flights, which are usually between £200 and £400.
“I’ve started to charge a rehoming fee of £200, which goes towards the costs involved.”
Jodie stages fundraising events to help pay the bills and is using a social networking site on the Internet to find suitable homes for the dogs.
She added: “I’ve recently rehomed another Cyprus dog – a Pekinese who was found on the side of the road with a mangled leg.
“Rescuing these animals is a lot of hard work. I’m a self-employed hairdresser with a young family and my husband Craig has two jobs – but he’s proud of what we achieve.
“All the hard work becomes worth it when you get to the airport to collect the dogs and see their little faces full of hope.
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