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Animal shelter names rescue dogs after NHS heroes

An animal rescue shelter in South Wales has found a sweet way to take care of rescues and honour important frontline NHS workers during these unusual times.

By Natasha James

Published on the 20/04/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:29

A Welsh rescue charity has been playing its part in praising frontline workers by naming rescue dogs after the hard-working heroes.

The charity sees around 800 to 900 rescue dogs come through their doors each year. Many of whom don't have a name.

The NHS pack

The charity usually name the dogs after someone in the news that day but they've come up with a much better way in light of the incredible effort NHS and frontline workers are putting in to fight Covid-19. And now, the charity are asking for nominations of healthcare workers instead.

They'll then take to their social channels to share a pic of the pup alongside their namesake human with a few words about the hero.

Absolute superstars

Recently, a Labrador was named Ellie after a physiotherapist who cut short her holiday to train others working with Covid-19 patients. 

Also, three puppies were named Michelle, Louise and Beverley after three nurses at a nearby hospital.

The charity have been going through a difficult time themselves. Most of their income previously came from charity shops as well as dog boarding, grooming and training, all of which has dried up in light of strict lockdown measures.

Nominate your heroes

If you’d like to nominate an NHS worker, simply send a message to the Hope Rescue Facebook page, and if you’d like to donate you can find more information on the Hope Rescue website.