29 May

Leishmaniasis Kills – Help Save A Life

What is Canine Leishmaniasis?

Canine leishmaniasis (LEESH-ma-NIGH-ah-sis) is a zoonotic disease caused by Leishmania parasites transmitted by the bite of an infected phlebotomine sandfly.

Canine leishmaniasis was first identified in Europe in 1903, and in 1940. Thought of as a disease only found near the Mediterranean basin, 2008 research claims new findings are evidence that canine leishmaniasis is currently expanding in continental climate areas of northwestern Italy, far from the recognized disease-endemic areas along the Mediterranean coasts.

Especially relelvant to Take Away The Tears is the fact that leishmaniasis is prevalent in Cyprus.  Eppey Gunn describes her experience:


Eppey’s dog Amelia was found with Leishmaniasis

“Leishmaniasis is the result of sandfly bite on a dog, not the type you can get in the UK.

The so simple solution is to use a collar such as Scalibor or Seresto, but many out here do not bother to protect their dogs, especially their hunting dogs.

Many rescue groups end up with those sick dogs, flung out as they are sick and to some they are ‘just dogs’!

Currently I have 2 such furbabies; one is a failed foster, Princess Amelia, who came to me last August – she is family now. The other is a hunting dog who turned up at my gate so sick and starved.

Both have had treatment and both doing very well….but all for the sake of a collar!! This is how Amelia was found…I am posting this to raise awareness…so many dog rescues out here just can’t afford to provide collars as they have to raise money for food, vet bills, medications, shelter etc etc.”

26 Mar

General Fundraising Campaign

Take Away The Tears Fundraising page provides support, wherever in the world it’s needed, to help relieve the mental and physical torture that so many dogs endure every day of their lives.

To date we have raised money to helps these dogs by organising a Fun Dog Show in the North east of England each year, sponsored neutering and rabies vaccinations programmes in Sri Lanka, supported people who dedicate their lives to helping the street dogs of Cyprus, donated mountains of blankets and dog stuff to the Romanian appeal and helped individual dogs with much needed operations. This not-for-profit organisation really does hope to ‘take away the tears’ by mobilising the support of all those people who care as much as Sue Nuttall, our founder, does.

Watch out for events and future fundraising activities. And if you would like to offer your support by means of a small monthly donation (even £1, $1 or €1 a month would make a huge difference to those dogs in need).

A Take Away The Tears Fundraising Pack has just been launched which is a super way to incorporate Team Building into your Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. The pack gives ideas for fun ways for teams to raise funds together with everything you’ll need to organise a fun activity. Get in touch for more information.

Take Away The Tears refers to the unseen tears of those dogs that find themselves in such awful conditions, and the daily tears of those on the front line that spend all their time, money and emotional energy saving these dogs – to give them a second chance.