Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ — September 17, 2021

Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ

~ Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ ~

Just over three years ago, Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ officially opened its doors. The team had been working in rescue for many years but saw there was a great need for a rescue to help dogs in New Zealand who had been chained up, neglected, and/or abused. Many rescues were at capacity and were unable to take these dogs in. It was decided that enough was enough, and so, Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ (CDRRNZ) came to be.  

Many of the dogs who find themselves in the care of CDRRNZ often come from difficult backgrounds. There have been many dogs rescued who may have been chained up for most or even all their life. When they arrive at the rescue, they finally have some freedom. Not only this, but CDRRNZ have also helped to rescue from puppy mills and backyard breeders, helping to make New Zealand a better place for our canine friends. 

While the work can be distressing, it’s so important and helps better the lives of many. CDRRNZ are on a mission to empower owners, rehabilitate dogs, and help educate and advocate for animal welfare. Through their work, they have helped to bring happiness to many dogs and have helped people better understand how to properly treat animals.  

The positives the CDRRNZ team receive far outweigh the negative. From having a litter be born at their shelter, seeing dogs find their freedom for the first time, to helping them find their forever home. The dogs have a completely new perspective on life. They are given care, love, and safety, all things they wouldn’t have known until being rescued.  

Being a charity, any amount of help or support can go a long way. Fostering, donating, volunteering, and even adopting can help a lot. The dogs who find themselves in with CDRRNZ have come from difficult backgrounds. It’s so important for them to find a forever home who can provide love and safety. Not only this, but also simply helping to advocate and spread CDRRNZ’s message. 

The team who work at CDRRNZ all love the work they do. They are all passionate and dedicated to helping improve the lives of the dogs they work with. No matter what, they are driven to give these dogs a better life. Whether they need some time and patience as a result of trauma, or some extra love due to neglect, they are right there to ensure that each dog gets what they need.  

Nothing motivates the team at CDRRNZ more than seeing the dogs happy and free. When a dog finds their forever home, the CDRRNZ team are beyond thrilled. Knowing they are going to a loving family after a difficult life makes all the difference.  

The impact that Chained Dogs Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ have on the dogs they rescue and the greater community is amazing. The dogs they help are forever changed for the better. As well as this, they are helping make New Zealand more aware of animal welfare one step at a time, making it better for everyone. 

Broken Biscuits Charity — July 5, 2021

Broken Biscuits Charity

~ Broken Biscuits Charity ~

For as long as she can remember, Cassandra Carney has always been passionate about animals.  Growing up in New Zealand, she worked with many animal rescues and ran the Auckland branch of SAFE NZ.  SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) is the leading animal rights charity in NZ.  She held many titles which, among others, included head of education and a media representative for campaigns against animals in entertainment. As a young adult, she moved to the United Kingdom with her partner, Tim.  There, Cassandra’s determination to help animals only grew and she soon started her own charity known as Broken Biscuits Charity

While in the U.K. Cassandra and Tim decided to take the opportunity to see more of Europe.  However, during their travels, they met many stray cats and dogs.  They were devastated to see so many animals needing help, and offered to hold a spaying/neutering campaign.  Through this, they met many animals who had become paraplegic.  For Cassandra, these animals have had a lasting impact, this being over a decade ago.  

Having seen and met many animals with mobility issues, Cassandra and Tim wanted to help them.  It was then the idea of opening their own rescue flourished.  They wanted to help these animals and give them some hope for a new, better life.  Initially, they started by providing dogs in shelters with wheelchairs (or bikes).  Once they were fitted, the transformation was filmed.  From there, many people wanted to provide these dogs with their forever homes.  

The bikes helped these dogs to find some freedom and happiness.  They were able to run around again, play, and enjoy their favourite park.  This was just the beginning.  Broken Biscuits helped to change the perspective on dogs with disabilities.  Cassandra and Tim have held many talks about these amazing animals, but having a dog there on their bike helps to demonstrate just how far they have come in their recovery.  

A lot of time, effort and work goes into each and every one of the dogs who comes into their care.  As they help dogs with mobility issues, each dog requires an individualised rehabilitation programme.  Initially, this will begin with scans, medical care, surgery if requried and then rest during the recovery period.  Following this, they will be given a specific treatment plan which may involve further medical attention, physiotherapy, and more.  

Evidently, Broken Biscuits work very closely with the veterinary community, both for treatments, but also to educate others.  Through this work, they can help shift perspectives of what an animal with a disability is like.  They may need some help with certain chores and activities, but they can still thrive and live a happy life. 

Through her work with Broken Biscuits, Cassandra has been determined to show people that animals with disabilities are not too hard to help.  For example, many dogs who sustain a spinal trauma can and do recover.  It can take a lot of time and work, but it can happen.  It shows people the beauty in these strong dogs.  Despite what has happened in their lives, they still choose to live life to the fullest. 

Being a charity, everyone who works with Broken Biscuits is a volunteer.  All donations go straight to the animals in their care.  Any amount of support from the public helps immensely.  Whether donations, volunteers or simply sharing their message, it goes a long way.  

At the start of 2021, Cassandra and Tim bought a riding school with 5 acres.  This will is where they are currently building their new shelter.  The shelter will house rescue dogs who need extra medical attention and a rehabilitation programme.  Having their own space will mean that there will be many more ways to help these dogs.  

The main thing that continues to motivate Cassandra is the attitudes of each of the dogs they meet.  No matter what has happened in their lives, they always have a zest for life.  Despite them facing some life-altering traumas, they are always full of life and joy.  Having their bikes allows them independence and freedom that they may not have had.  Once these dogs have this, they are filled with happiness and are excited to race their friends.  

The pure love and passion that Cassandra and the rest of Broken Biscuits have for helping these dogs is amazing.  They are helping to improve the lives of dogs and help them to find their forever homes.  The work they do is so important.  If you want to follow them or show your support, go check out their pages. 

Pet Refuge — June 11, 2021

Pet Refuge

~ Pet Refuge ~

For as long as she can remember, Julie Chapman has always had a passion for animals.  Currently, she has 11 cats, 3 dogs, 5 goats and many chickens.  She has always been an animal lover and has always wanted to help them in some way. 

A few years ago, Julie had heard that for those in domestic abuse situations, a big barrier for leaving is fear for their pets’ safety.  It’s because of this, Julie decided to create a safe haven for these pets – Pet Refuge

Julie, the founder of both KidsCan and, now, Pet Refuge, had heard stories of families who had experienced domestic violence and abuse.  They had nowhere for their pets to go while they were seeking refuge.  In only a few weeks, however, that will change.  Pet Refuge will open its doors to the pets of domestic abuse victims. 

Pet Refuge will be the first shelter of its kind here in New Zealand.  With help from the RSPCA New South Wales, they have been developing a programme that will help support animals and people who need it.  Not only this, but Pet Refuge has partnered with Women’s Refuge NZ and Shine, both safe havens for families and individuals in need from domestic violence and abuse.  

The shelter, which will be finished in July of 2021, will be able to house up to 300 animals per year.  This will include cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, and any animal who needs temporary shelter.  They will also have a network of safe farms across New Zealand for larger animals as well, such as goats, horses, sheep, and pigs.  

When animals are at Pet Refuge, it is no surprise they would be there under challenging conditions.  Because of this, there will be a lot of effort made to ensure that all animals are cared for and have the proper enrichment and support to recover from this.  They will make sure each animal has the best food, care, and are as comfortable as possible.  

Since first pitching the idea, Pet Refuge has received a lot of support.  To make sure they have all the necessary resources, they have held fundraisers, campaigns and have received donations.  This all goes toward Pet Refuge to help provide the best programme possible.  Inside the shelter will be a beautiful mural painted by New Zealand artist, Evie Kemp

Those who have been in domestic abuse situations, with nowhere safe for their pets to go, now have hope.  Animals are our family, so the Pet Refuge will bring peace to many lives.  It helps get rid of barriers and shows others they aren’t alone.  It will help create new beginnings for children, men, women and pets.  A place that can care for animals while their family can find safety.  

The work Julie and the Pet Refuge team do is amazing.  They will be helping and saving so many lives.  It’s knowing the impact they have that motivates them every day.  If you wish to support Pet Refuge, check out their pages.