When Danielle Eden went on an international dog rescue mission in January, she expected to return to her Ontario animal shelter with a handful of dogs in tow.
Instead, she brought back 25 and had more than 225 more under her charge.
Eden and her husband, Rob Scheinberg, founded Dog Tales, a sanctuary for rescued dogs and horses in King City, just north of Toronto.
The sanctuary was founded in 2014 when the couple first rescued four dogs from the streets of Israel, where they are both originally from.
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According to an interview with BuzzFeed, Dog Tales spokesperson Clare Forndran said the couple regularly goes on national and international rescue missions and brings back dogs with the most serious medical needs.
But this time, the shelter Eden visited in Israel was not fit for any animal. It was overcrowded, infested with rats and the dogs were living in squalor.
She couldn’t decide which dogs to rescue, so she bought the whole shelter and the over 250 dogs that came with it.
The shelter wrote on Facebook, “It was not obvious to us which dogs needed us the most. They all needed us. We realized that it would be impossible to make a list deciding which dogs would be rescued from this horrific life, and which would be left behind.”
“She immediately brought in vets as the dogs were in need of urgent medical care,” said Forndran.
Ninety dogs have been relocated to other Israeli shelters Eden has worked with and the plan is to bring in the rest of the 150 dogs to Canada when they are healthy enough to make the trek.
The video of the rescue mission has over 162,000 views in a week..
On the shelter’s Facebook page, people have been sharing photos of their newly adopted dogs from Eden’s trip to Israel.
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