Dog on the Move

Thetford canine rescuer customers TikTok to search out new houses


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7:00 PM January 5, 2022

A 26-year-old with greater than 84,000 followers on TikTok says the social media app has helped her to search out houses for lots of of rescued canine.  

Hollie Smith, from Thetford, helped arrange Delight Animal Rescue in Suffolk in September final 12 months. 

Her ardour to save lots of animals began when she adopted her second canine, Prince, in 2020 after he had been rescued from a kill shelter in Romania.  

Following this, Ms Smith was requested if she can be considering fostering one other canine which had additionally been introduced over to the UK. And since then, she hasn’t been in a position to cease.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

Ms Smith has since fostered round 50 canine and began volunteering with a rescue centre — taking up their social media to assist discover new houses.

The 26-year-old additionally commonly up to date her personal TikTok account as she documented every canine’s journey — however she didn’t realise simply how fashionable her movies would develop into. 

“I feel TikTok is the largest social media platform in the mean time,” stated Ms Smith. 

“I solely ever used it for enjoyable however someday I uploaded a video of a canine being returned to our shelter. I awoke the subsequent day and it had 10.2 million views and adoption purposes from all around the world.

Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

“My TikTok went mad. It made me realise how highly effective it’s and I thought what number of different canine may get rehomed from this platform. 

“I share every canine’s journey beginning on the kill shelter in Romania to them being dropped at us right here and folks develop into actually invested in that canine and their story. Each canine I add on TikTok I at all times get an software to undertake them.” 

Since then, Ms Smith — who left her job at Tesco — began working at Kings Farm Kennels in Eye, the place she met kennel proprietor Chris Coe, and Jade Armson and collectively, they determined to arrange Delight Animal Rescue. 

Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

In addition to homing canine within the UK, the rescue – which is awaiting charity standing —  additionally works carefully with companions in Romania to save lots of canine from kill shelters after struggling neglect and sometimes abuse.  

Sooner or later, Delight Animal Rescue — based mostly at Kings Farm Kennels — hope to open one other shelter within the UK and in Romania.  

For extra data or to undertake a canine you’ll be able to go to their web site right here: https://www.prideanimalrescue.com/ . 

Dogs pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


Canines pictured at Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


A canine pictured at Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


A canine pictured at Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.


A canine pictured at Delight Animal Rescue in Eye.

– Credit score: Hollie Smith



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