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Molly went from a Scotland ferry port to a Belgium beach

14 DECEMBER 2018

Julie’s family sadly lost their 17-year-old cat, Whiskers, in May 2018. For the first time she could remember in 23 years, there was no longer any pet in her family’s home.

“My parents were planning on leaving it at that. My brother and I are as good as out of the house, and they keep busy and travel often,” said Julie.

Soon enough, though, none of the family could shake the empty feeling left without any purring, barking, or paws clicking across the floor in their home.

Julie’s father is Irish, but the family live in Belgium in a lovely home near the sea. They had always adopted animals previously, and began looking around at the animals available in local rescues.

“We couldn’t really find a pet that suited us, in terms of age and size,” Julie said. “My mom begrudingly started considering the idea of finding a good breeder.”

Then she landed on the ISPCA rehoming pages.

“Instantly, we were astonished to see how well-organised the society was, and we quickly fell in love with a pup on the website named Betsy, a Border Collie x Retriever from a litter of seven,” Julie explained.

When they rang the ISPCA, the family were disappointed to learn that Betsy had already been adopted. However, the ISPCA staff member on the phone informed Julie’s mother that there was a puppy remaining, called Viv.

Viv was one of 27 puppies seized by Police Scotland after they were found concealed in a van at Cairnryan ferry port. The puppies were then returned to Ireland, where they were believed to have come from, and brought into ISPCA care.

The family decided to adopt Viv right on the spot.

It took three weeks of waiting to get their new puppy’s travel documents in order, but the family were finally able to travel to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford to collect her, and bring her back to Belgium.

They renamed her Molly (“after Molly Malone, she is Irish of course”). By then, Molly was approximately four months old and a nervous, shy little dog. She was black, with uniquely red ears.

“Back in Belgium, she was very quiet,” said Julie. “She often lay alone on the floor in the middle of the hall. She was terrified of going near cars, and behaved very cautiously when she found herself close to people’s feet.”

Molly was easily startled during walks through town, and at first didn’t much enjoy the sandy beach nearby.  

"Six months later, Molly has blossomed into the most beautiful, kind-hearted, soft, and loving dog we could have ever imagined,” Julie said.

Molly’s red ears have faded to black. She can’t stand being alone, so much so that she will even lay on the tile beside one of her family members while they are in the bath. She loves running around the beach, playing with other dogs, licking toes, and being all-around cheeky.

“It has honestly been an absolute joy to see how far she’s come and to have watched her turn into just a genuinely happy dog,” Julie said.

“Every single day I’m reminded of the fact that adopting this little pup from the ISPCA was the best decision we could have ever made. Molly truly is a gift and for that—and I’m sure I speak for my entire family here—I can't thank the ISPCA enough.  I have also decided to make a €25 Single Card Christmas Donation, as I truly and deeply admire all the wonderful, crucial work that you do as an organisation,” she added.

We are delighted to hear such a heart-warming story about Molly, and learn how well she is doing in her new life in Belgium. Thank you so much to Julie and family for the wonderful update!

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