A puppy given a new home by Jerry Green Dog Rescue in East Yorkshire will soon be saving lives as a mountain search and rescue dog.
Collie Lurcher cross Molly, the newest four-legged recruit to the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District, began her training in June.
She was adopted two years ago from Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Gilberdyke aged just 16 weeks old by Lisa Brearley, a social worker who volunteers for the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.
Molly had been given a home at Jerry Green Dog Rescue after the family she lived with separated and her owner was no longer able to care for her.
Lisa, from Clayton West in Huddersfield, said: “Molly has been absolutely fabulous throughout her training so far. She’s taken to it like a duck to water. Training usually takes between two or three years and she will be taking her assessment next year.
“This is a difficult process and not all dogs and handlers get through but Molly is doing really well so far.
“We didn’t adopt Molly with the intention of her becoming a search and rescue dog but when I began volunteering for the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team it just seemed like a great opportunity.
“You must be a full member of a mountain rescue team for your dog to train with the Search and Rescue Dog Association and as she’s such a brilliant dog it would have been a waste not to train her.
“We’ve actually started a blog on http://woodheadmrt.org/ from Molly’s point of view about her training, which we plan to update with her milestones. The staff from Jerry Green Dog Rescue were lovely and I’m sure they’ll be proud to hear how their former resident is getting on.”
The Woodhead Mountain Rescue covers the Peak District and South and West Yorkshire.
“We’re all delighted to hear about Molly’s success,” said Lorraine Walton, Manager at the East Yorkshire centre, which is currently undergoing a £100,000 redevelopment.
“Molly was a typical Collie puppy, full of energy, so we’re delighted that she went to a home where her owners would clearly be very active!”
The redevelopment will give the centre a new reception area, staff room and training barn, as well as two new meet and match rooms where potential adopters are matched with dogs in a calm and quiet environment.
Building work is expected to start in the autumn and the project should be completed by the end of 2013. The centre will remain fully open during the works.
Catherine Foster, Head of Fundraising at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, said: “We strive to re-home every dog we take in and successes like Molly’s show that rescue dogs can go on to make wonderful pets for their new owners – and even provide a service for the community.
“These stories give us a massive boost. They make all of our hard work worthwhile and we hope that it encourages other people out there looking for a new member of the family to visit a Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre and see what dogs we have available for adoption.
“With the number of abandoned dogs increasing we really need to educate the public about how valuable an experience adopting a dog can be.”
Jerry Green Dog Rescue has five centres in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire all with a variety of dogs looking for new homes. You can see a full list and pictures of all of the dogs on their website http://www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk.
Anyone wishing to support the refurbishment costs can do so via www.justgiving/JGDR-East-Yorkshire-Appeal