Liverpudlians Georgia Harding and Sam Blackburn were on holiday in Barbados this month when they spotted two dogs by the side of the road. Both of the animals were worse for wear - malnourished and dehydrated - prompting the couple to take them to a nearby shelter.
Although the shelter welcomed one of the dogs, the other – nicknamed Simba – was not so lucky. Ms Harding was distraught at the prospect of leaving the dog to its fate, and urged Mr Blackburn to arrange its deportation to the UK.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Harding said, “I was distraught and couldn’t leave him.
“We got him chipped, treated and managed to get it sorted so that he could come home with us.”
Everyone meet our new baby boy, Simba! Whilst on the best holiday of our lives, we took a wrong turn which ended up being the right one and found this little guy on the side of the road, starving and with a broken leg. After many vet visits, vaccinations, planning and a lot of tears (from me 😂), we’ve just picked him up and welcomed him to his forever home! Thank you for being so gorgeous little one, you don’t know how loved you are! We can’t wait to spend forever spoiling you, like you deserve 😍🐶❤️❤️ #WeAreParents @samblackburn1_
Before his journey to the UK, Simba was quarantined for three weeks. On his arrival, he was taken to a vet who told the couple the dog would need surgery for a broken paw.
Vet’s fees will amount to around £8,200. To meet this amount the couple has turned to the British public. Harding and Blackburn continue to accrue donations.
“He is desperate to play and jumping around on it, so we’re in the process of getting it sorted,” Harding said.
In the UK, shelters are at bursting point. The numbers of resident dogs and cats is at an all-time high due to Covid. If you would like to adopt a dog or cat, head to shelter homes such as Battersea and Dogs Trust.