MOORLANDS Dog Rescue has been set up to provide support for local dog owners and dogs - networking dogs needing homes, and homes wanting dogs.
The group is led by dog trainer Rachel Trafford, aged 45, of Leek, who has been fostering dogs for 25 years.
Fellow volunteers who help run the group, including assessing potential homes for dogs, include: 34-year-old Rachel Charlesworth, who is a dog walker who lives in Rudyard; Louise Platt, aged 49, of Cheddleton, who works at Co-operative Bank; Leah Dodd, aged 33, of Cheddleton, who runs Top Dogs Grooming in Leek; and Traci Tyson, aged 45, of Leek, who provides personal support at All Saints First School in Leek.
Together with a strong network of fosterers, the team strive to re-home dogs which come into their care due to a variety of reasons.
Working with local vets, the group helps abandoned animals recover and find new homes through an active network of foster homes who are willing to help dogs in crisis and provide them with the much needed extra time to find a forever home.
Moorlands Dog Rescue also campaigns to end international atrocities that are putting dogs in danger, as well as educating people to the horrors of puppy farming in the UK and the effects of over population due to indiscriminate breeding.
The organisation also has a large group of online networkers who share lost and found dogs.
Rachel said: "We are lucky enough to have brilliant foster carers and fund-raisers
"Hhowever, we are always looking for more people prepared to foster dogs so. If you think this may be something that you would like to know more about please get in touch."
In order to be able to help the canine pals which come into their care, Moorlands Dog Rescue needs to raise funds to pay for vet fees and a number of local businesses have already helped with this.
Rachel said: "We have had a lot of support from many local organisations including Dougals Den, Shapla and Blue Plate, as well as the Steve Povey Fund, which we are very grateful for.
"We also organise fund-raising events such as cake stalls and curry nights."
For further information about Moorlands Dog Rescue, go online to www.moorlandsdogrescue.co.uk. Here are some of the dogs currently in the care of Moorlands Dog Rescue and in need of a forever home:
Tango is a Chihuahua cross border terrier. She found herself requiring a new home after her elderly owner required residential care. Tango likes calm houses and sitting on knees watching the television.
She would prefer to be the only dog and be the centre of attention. Approximately four to five years old. Cody is a 11-12 month old husky/Shepard mix. Cody had a poor start as a young dog and was seized via the RSPCA. He has made great progress in his foster home living harmoniously with different dogs. Cody can cope with short periods in a crate, and has developed a love of knees and snuggles.
Cody hasn't had much experience with children, so would only be suitable for families with older children. Cody is toy motivated and loves to play ball. Holly is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, she has only recently arrived and is still being assessed. She was dumped from a car on new years eve.
First impressions are of a very sweet natured small build girl 14 kg approximately 12 months old. Max is a two year old English Springer Spaniel, liver and white.
Max likes long walks, lots of fuss, all people and children.
He is a playful character and would suit an active person or family. It would be sad for Max to spend long periods alone as he loves company so much. Possum is an Australian Cattle Dog. She is an active fit eight to nine years old, bright well mannered and very attentive of her person.
She can be apprehensive when meeting new dogs and can bark if afraid, this has improved dramatically since being with her foster mum, she now has a few dog friends. Possum is calm and relaxed around children, and is very clever, knowing lots of commands. Her previous owner was very sad to part with he; he had fallen on hard times and Possum was living alone in the back of a car when she came into rescue. She has loved being back as part of a family and is now ready to move onto her forever home. Bella is an Alaskan Malamute, she is full pedigree and 13 months old. She is very affectionate and playful, loves long walks and recalls well. Very clever and would be easy to train. Bella enjoys meeting other dogs and playing with them, but would need to live with a very calm dog. She can be competitive around food. Bella loves people very much, and dislikes being left alone for long.