By Jessica Davis
Neglected dogs from Europe are being rehomed thanks to a big-hearted second year Sheffield Hallam University student.
20-year-old Eve Moore is using the power of social media to re-home vulnerable dogs to loving homes.
Her passion was started while visiting her father in Cyprus, during a visit to a public shelter there in 2014, which held over 50 dogs who were barking in distress due to little socialisation.
Ranging from Labradors to German Shepherds, the dogs only had upturned recycling bins as a form of protection. Witnessing how overworked and tired the volunteers were, Eve vowed she would do something to help them.
While based in the UK, she matches prospective families to a dog through finding out what the family want and then matching a suitable dog. However, when over in Cyprus she can get more hands on and witnesses first-hand the reality of vulnerable animals there.
Eve explained: “Some of them arrive in a real state such as matted fur, bones showing through their skin, terrified of humans, infections, parasites.”
She added: “But with some patience and TLC they’re ready for rehoming in a few weeks.”
Eve took her passion to social media and searched for any account online dedicated to raising awareness of animal cruelty in Cyprus. She had no luck, so established ‘Cyprus Dogs’.
The account utilises social media as a platform to repost the photos that volunteers send over with a description and a contact number. After just three weeks, the account was rising in popularity, with over 1,000 followers.
After just five months since her first visit she had secured three adoptions and relocated them all over, including Manchester, Sweden and Germany.
Eve set herself the goal of rehoming 50 dogs in 2015 and throughout the year she received support from celebrities like Duffy and the Gallagher family. Eve was then praised for her efforts on social media and was contacted to work for the Wild at Heart Foundation.
March last year she officially accepted the offer and became Project and Communications Manager for Wild at Heart Foundation. By September she was promoted to Rehoming Manager and dealt with every single rehoming case to come through the organisation.
Within her first month of working there she had an emergency situation which involved rehoming 48 dogs in 14 days, due to a pound being closed down by the council. During this time they raised 10,000 euros and helped to save all 48 dogs.
Three months ago Eve visited Bosnia following another pound crisis and was part of a team to help save 55 dogs in a few weeks from a derelict shelter. They raised thousands once more to help the dogs and all of them were saved in time. By the end of 2015 she had rehomed 102 dogs from Cyprus, along with around an additional 30 from other countries.
Eve also works alongside other small organisations all over, such as ‘Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus’, ‘Paws2Rescue’ in Romania, ‘Care Corfu’ , ‘Animals We Care’ in Bosnia and also ‘Camp Gaga’ in Greece.
Eve is currently intending to help support and establish neutering projects in further countries like Romania, Bosnia and Puerto Rico. She is also taking part in a charity skydive to raise money for the Wild at Heart Foundation.
In the space of 18 months her tiny volunteering project has expanded dramatically and she is currently part of a small team who strive to save hundreds of dogs from countries, which impose no law or punishment when it comes to animal cruelty issues.
Social media has proved to be a fantastic platform to enhancement to this type of work and she now has a loyal base of support and followers who donate, share posts and spread the word far and wide.
Check out the website at www.wildatheartfoundation.org or the Instagram account @cyprusdogs.
Watch the adorable video below of Pluto, renamed Eric upon arrival in the UK. He was dumped with his siblings Eve and Amy when they were 3 months old, but is now safe and happy in London.