As of last Sunday, this project was officially given the go-ahead, and the first task was to name it. We came up with the idea of 'Operation Perrito', because 'perrito' means 'little dog' or 'doggy' in Spanish. Obviously, as the dogs are coming from Spain, it seemed like a natural choice!
So, what have the working party been up to this week? Well, we have kicked off a social media campaign on FB and Twitter, which is ticking along nicely. In fact, not only did we get a retweet for our cause from Marc Abraham, but we also got not only a retweet, but a follower too in the form of the lovely Kay Burley. Yes, THE Kay Burley from SKY NEWS!! Thank you to both Marc and Kay - your support means a great deal to a wee rescue like ours!
We have also put the word out about the project with our friends on our forum, and we have had a really positive response as a result. Over the next week, we will be looking at various fostering applications, telephoning potential foster homes, and seeing if they can meet the needs of any of the 'Spanish 11'.
I am pleased to announce though that we do already have a confirmed foster home for Svety and Sahir, a very bonded pair. This came about after a lovely couple very narrowly missed out on adopting another pair we recently had on our books, Millie and Lady (who have been successfully rehomed). However, Clare, the head honcho of this project, had the ingenuity to ensure that this lovely couple did not come away empty-handed. And so, Wigan awaits these two little darlings!
We have also confirmed the order in which the dogs will be arriving; the first group of four will be arriving on the 22nd/23rd December, the second group of four will be arriving sometime in January, and the last three will come over here in February. And guess what? They will all be stopping over at my house!!! However, there is a good reason, aside from my wanting to meet them all!! Quite simply, the company that is shipping the dogs over needed a confirmed arrival point for the dogs. The working party of this project; Clare, Jayne, and myself decided that trying to hand over four dogs at a car park would be awkward and risky. In addition, as the dogs are going from Seville to Malaga, and then to the UK, we felt that they would need a rest before moving on to their respective foster homes. So, I will be lucky enough to have a pre-Christmas cuddle with them!!
We hope that you enjoyed getting a little insight into 'Operation Perrito'. We will keep you up-to-date each week with its ongoing progress.
Besos, Vicki xxx