AFTER being rescued from a former war zone, loving pooch Teddy is now hoping to find his forever home.
The Brittany spaniel was due to be put to sleep at a shelter for stray dogs in Serbia when Swallownest charity, South Yorkshire English Springer Spaniel Rescue (SYESSR), stepped in.
Ten-month-old Teddy arrived on British soil after a four-day car journey and has already started melting hearts at the charity.
SYESSR dogsbody, Heather Pointer, of Aston, said: “He is stunning.
“Brittanys are quite unusual anyway. They have longer legs and Teddy looks like a show dog.
“We have noticed the ones we rescue from abroad, which have the most appalling start in life, are just so loving.”
Heather (45) heard about Teddy three months ago from an overseas animal rescue charity - Humanimal Balkans Rescue - with which she has worked for the past three years.
“The situation the dogs find themselves in over there is far worse than anything we see in the UK,” said Heather.
“Humanimal are allowed to take as many dogs as they like from the shelters but are told any they do not take will be killed.
“It’s very hard for them to leave any behind so they currently have 92 dogs looking for homes.
“We have to ensure we have space for UK dogs but do keep one of our rescue spaces free for overseas dogs.
“The first dog we helped from there was coincidentally called Teddy in June, 2014, and once we have helped our newest Teddy we have a lovely dog called Davy who will be coming to us, with quite a few more waiting in the wings.”
SYESSR became a registered charity since 1998 and is run by just a handful of volunteers.
It rescues and rehomes all types of spaniels and spaniel-crosses and spent more than £56,000 caring for the abandoned dogs last year.
Some of the money is raised through its charity shop on Swallownest High Street, which opened four years ago \a but the store is now under threat of closure due to a lack of new volunteers.
The charity will hold a family fund-raising day at The Travellers Rest, Main Street, Brookhouse, on Sunday from noon to 4pm.
All dogs are welcome and there will be dog competitions, stalls, food, a raffle and more.
Visit www.syessr.co.uk to find out more or if you would like to adopt Teddy.