Do not abandon your pet because we can help, urges animal charity Wood Green after two dogs enter their care


Pixie. - Credit: Archant

An animal charity has urged dog owners to responsibly relinquish their pets after taking in two abandoned dogs in need of care in the space of 24 hours.


Godfrey. - Credit: Archant

One dog was left tied-up outside Wood Green’s Godmanchester headquarters in the middle of the night, the other found wondering the streets of Burwell in a terribly thin condition.

Gentle lurcher Godfrey was abandoned in the middle of the night on January 25.

CCTV footage shows a van, with its number plates covered, pulling up to the centre – Godfrey was then ushered out by a man with his face disguised and was tied to a post before they drove off.

The charity’s security team was then alerted and rushed to bring Godfrey in from the cold.

Linda Cantle.

Linda Cantle. - Credit: Archant

Malnourished saluki Pixie was delivered to Wood Green on the morning of January 26. She was found wondering in fields outside Burwell, and a council worker took her to a nearby vet practice. She was then brought to Wood Green.

She arrived looking very thin, at nearly a stone underweight, as well as suffering from extensive sores on her tummy. However, she was immediately curious and very sweet, stopping for a fuss with everyone she met.

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Despite the circumstances they found themselves in, both dogs are gentle and loving. Godfrey is now looking for a loving new home and Pixie will soon be available for rehoming.

Linda Cantle, Wood Green’s director of animal welfare and rehoming, said: “It is deeply upsetting both Godfrey and Pixie’s owners could no longer care for them - they are both beautifully natured, loving dogs - and we do understand people cannot always continue to provide on-going care for their pets, due to all sorts of reasons.

“In Godfrey’s case, he was very lucky that we were able to take care of him immediately.

“We’d strongly encourage anyone who is struggling with keeping their pets to come to us for advice, or talk to our outreach team about help and support, rather than rashly abandoning their pet.

“Not only can we help talk people through the rehoming process and reassure them about the future of their animal, but the background information past owners give us can be vital in helping us find the best new home for those animals.”

To find out more about Godfrey or Pixie, Wood Green’s rehoming process and the hundreds of dogs, cats and small animals at Wood Green looking for homes, go to or call 0844 248 8181.

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