New home found for abandoned puppy

Poppy and her new family in Eastbourne SUS-140408-154342001
Poppy and her new family in Eastbourne SUS-140408-154342001

Eastbourne charity Happy Paws Puppy Rescue celebrated another success story as they re-homed Little Poppy.

She was at risk of being put to sleep if a home could not be found and when she arrived she was timid, frightened and very skinny.

But with a bit of time, love, attention, good food, patience and the help of two of the resident golden retrievers, Poppy thrived.

She grew in confidence and a new home was quickly found, which owner Lisa Smart described as “the most wonderful family.”

“They will love, care and treat her like a member of the family,” Lisa said.

“Poppy has her happy ever after.”

Lisa set up Happy Paws Puppy Rescue with the aim of rescuing puppies who, through no fault of their own, would be at risk of being put to sleep because no-one wanted them.

“I have been working alongside other dog rescuers for a year so I was able to gain much needed experience, understanding and knowledge,” Lisa told the Herald earlier this month.

“It soon became evident that too many puppies were being put to sleep because homes could not be found quickly enough.”

“Through Happy Paws I now have built up a network of organisations which will let me know when a puppy is in need.

“Happy Paws then fosters the puppy and then finds the puppy a wonderful home.”

As part of the work Lisa does she also offers advice on choosing a puppy:

• If you can, see the mother with the litter and judge the parents’ health and temperament. Make sure your chosen pet is old enough to leave its mother and check that the seller’s facilities are clean, and that the animals appear healthy.

• Never send money or a cheque to someone in exchange for a pet. Ask for a written medical history of the animal (vaccination and worming etc.)

• Consider adopting a puppy from the rescue section. There are thousands of healthy dogs who need a home.

Many more puppies that need the charities help. If you are interested in helping you can send an e-mail to Lisa on and follow the them on Facebook at happy Paws puppy rescue.