San Nicola Dog Rescue Team
All of our team are volunteers - kind people who work tirelessly towards the cause.
They are the reason why so many dogs are still with us in this world and
now have a wonderful life with their own families.
Our approach is to keep the dogs in the house as pets, together, underfoot,
and provide a home-like environment as much as possible. The dogs are usually divided into smaller groups
by size, temperament or personal preferences. It is inspiring to watch them heal and find peace in this type of environment,
especially those who are timid, depressed or abused. Most dogs love to be in the pack and find it fun and comforting.
They interact with each other in very complex ways,
play with their favorite playmates, fly across the field, investigate the ranch, gather in the kitchen for the meals,
sleep together at night,
hide under our chairs during the storm, etc. Hardly ever do they get bored, just sleepy on a rainy day.
Certainly it adds more work to the busy days of our caregivers, but it is so worth it.
Thank you, thank you, Deidre and Joe! Without you, none of this would be possible.
Over time Deidre saved and cared for many dogs and cats.
She has years of experience working
in veterinarian clinic and as a caregiver.
Deidre's kindness, patience and wisdom help all of us in our daily work and beyond. She has a magic wand when it comes to
working with fearful abused dogs who arive
with no faith in humanity.
Deidre was the first one to move to the ranch full time, and for a couple of months she was
taking care of several dogs. It is thanks to her commitment that they are now well and alive.
Ray brings years of experience in all kinds of trade - so needed at the ranch. He plans and leads construction and maintenace
fixing the windmill, replacing the pipe, building a new fenced area,
hanging on drywall, building the kennel, etc. Any job goes faster when Ray makes a joke.
Ray also drives to far ends to get the dogs, order and deliver materials,
or solve an unexpected problem. Well, he can't complain, he is a professional driver
and long distance is not an issue.
There is no job that Ray would not know or find a way to get done.
Coordinator, transporter, founder
Deidre once said 'we live in a dream'. This is exactly what it feels like. Together we are finally doing what we always wanted to do.
Sometimes it is stressful, sometimes it is heart-breaking, and mostly very rewarding. It might be a drop in a sea,
but we persist and we do what we can.
Our biggest joy is to see our noisy pack all happy and full of energy (or even better - cuddling and asleep at the end of the day).