05 Jan

Facebook Fundraiser Page Bargains!

Facebook Fundraising Page

We’ll it’s 2023 and we need to continue our fundraising – our rent doesn’t pay itself and donation requests are increasing.

Join us over on our Facebook Fundraising Page to grab a bargain and support the charity at the same time.

We sell donated items and get some AMAZING stuff through the doors! Check regularly for the latest offering – Take Away The Tears Fundraising Page

13 Sep

Fun Indoor Dog Show – Halloween! 31st October

Take Away The Tears Fun Indoor Dog Show brings you a spooktastic day for you and your dog on Sunday 31st October 2021, from 10am to 3pm at New Hartley Memorial Hall, New Hartley, Whitley Bay, NE25 0RP

Come and enjoy 10 classes including Best Halloween Fancy Dress.

PS There’ll be nothing happening that will scare your dogs, we’ve just added a Halloween theme to our usual much-loved dog show.


13 Sep

Christmas Fayre – 13th November

Take Away The Tears Christmas Fayre brings you selected craft stalls, for you and your dog on Saturday 13th November 2021, from 9am to 1pm at New Hartley Memorial Hall, New Hartley, Whitley Bay, NE25 0RP

Dogs are welcome and the day will include a Best Christmas Costume competition for dogs. Come and join the fun!

09 Feb

Dogs on the Catwalk – A fab fundraising event!

Take Away The Tears presents Dogs on the Catwalk – an evening of fun, fundraising and furbaby fashion!


Friday 28th February 2020, arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start

Bring your human friends for a fun night out! The evening consists of:

  • the fabulous Dogs on the Catwalk show featuring collections for Spring | Summer | The Great Outdoors in the first half and Autumn | Winter | Forever Young in the second half
  •  the mega raffle
  •  and an awesome auction.

There will also be a select few stalls so you can shop for your canine companions including:

  • Doggy Delish – hand baked natural dog treats, plus toys and accessories
  • All That Wag – Handcrafted, bespoke drying coats, fleeces and waterproof coats for your canine companions
  • Glitter Dogs – Pawsitively fabulous fashion for your canine friends, to suit every dog on every occasion. All handmade and great value for money
  • Pretty Pooches Limited – Practical and unique products for your pooch that stand out from the crowd. From pet safety to pet fashion, all at affordable prices
  • Carp – Excellent quality wooden dog beds, toy boxes and door/wall hangers all beautifully handcrafted to order. Carp also make bespoke garden and indoor furniture and even saddle racks
  • Yorkshire Pet Company – more info to follow


Tickets are £10 and include a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival. Payment is either through Eventbrite (which will incur a booking fee) or via PayPal (friends & family – reference DCW) and covering email with your name and address to info@takeawaythetears.co.uk

Bucks Fizz – please bring your Eventbrite booking or tickets to claim your free Bucks Fizz on arrival.

Proceeds from the evening will be kickstarting our canine neutering programme in conjunction with Active8 Cyprus.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to welcoming you to this fundraising event in the warm! (We know what it’s like to be at outdoors events so thought it was time to treat the humans to an evening or warmth and fun!)

Thank you to www.wherecanwego.com for helping promote the event.

22 May

Would you like to spend a day helping dogs?

Volunteer Jules helping out with cuddles for Titch

Volunteer Jules helping out with cuddles for Titch

Are you one of the many who can be heard sighing, “Oh I’d love to spend all my time with dogs but I have to work”?   Well, there’s a way you can spend some time helping dogs, and still live your normal routine.

The doggy events that we attend are almost always on a weekend, and we always need an extra pair of hands for helping on the day (for cuddling dogs as well as helping out with the Take Away The Tears stands). If you work some weekends, there’ll hopefully be a date that falls on a day off.

So check your diary and see if you can commit to helping on  any of these dates (one, some or all):

Lara helping at a fundraising event

Take Away The Tears stand at Blyth event with Lara helping on the stand


Depending on your strengths, you might be helping directly with our four-legged friends eg in the show ring, or on the registration desk if you’re good at admin.

Others find that they love to chat to the visitors and their dogs on the tombola stand or selling raffle tickets.



Contact us through Facebook Messenger to ask for more details or email us at info@takeawaythetears.co.uk.

How your support is helping

A massive ‘thank you’ to everyone for helping to make this 12 pallet shipment to Cyprus possible. To those many people who donated the items to send across; those special people that donated their time to help sort and pack the boxes and pack the pallets and to those who donated cash or otherwise sponsored us to support the £2400 cost of this shipment.

12 pallet shipment that is helping Cyprus dogs

12 pallet shipment to help Cyprus dogs

And especially to Andrea Thorne of RSS Logistics who has given us such a good deal and is organising the shipment.

To those who gasp at this cost and think we should just send the money – we are supporting a number of different rescue organisations, looking after dogs, cats and horses, and the estimated value of the items being sent across is well over £7000 and that’s excluding the soft bedding and towels etc.

So please, if you are part of this venture give yourself a huge pat on the back.

🐶 Together we make a REAL difference 🐶

09 Dec

Cyprus reacts to donated pallets for rescue dogs

SPDC Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus

Christmas came early at SPDC – Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus

Sue has lots to tell you about, but firstly we are sharing a message that Constantina posted in the SPDC Facebook Group (you can join the group by clicking here).  Read the full post here.

“On Monday and Tuesday this week we took delivery of a huge amount of wonderful goodies for our dogs. Blankets, food, treats, leads, coats, carpets….. the list is endless.”

“We are enormously grateful to our adopters supporters and sponsors who donated for SPDC Nicosia dogs.”

Sue Nuttall is the person who has made this possible. Sue and her team (Sue please feel free to mention the names of your team) thank you SO SO much for organising this once again. And not only for organising it but for spending a back breaking day with Tina Shields under rain and cold wind, unpacking it and making sure that all the rescues received their donations. I know that you had already put it a huge effort in the UK packing it all up so beautifully as well.”

“I am very moved by support like this. People have put in their own time, a lot of effort and a lot of thought and organisation into making this happen. Our dogs will benefit hugely from everything that was donated.”


SPDC Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus - rescue dogs

Constantina Constantinou, “We are enormously grateful to our adopters supporters and sponsors who donated for SPDC Nicosia dogs.”

You will probably be aware that one of our co-founders, Sue, has just spent 3 days in Cyprus helping unpack and deliver the seven pallets worth of donations that were shipped at the end of October for the benefit of rescue dogs.

On behalf of those who rescue dogs – thank you!

We would like to thank every one of you who donated goods or money that made this shipment possible.

Take Away The Tears and our supporters really do make a difference to rescue dogs and we will be sharing the thanks with you over the next few days. We’ll also profile some of those we have helped this time.  A very special thanks goes to:

  • to Marina Nicolaou Toumba for her invaluable advice and her support of TATT;
  • to Constantina Constantinou who so kindly allowed us to have the pallets delivered to her sanctuary.  We’re so thankful that she had big banners that could be used to protect the pallets from the storms the island has been battered with;
  • and to Tina Shields, who so kindly picked up Sue and took her to Constantina’s and spent all day at the sanctuary, unpacking the pallets and helping load the donations into the various vehicles that came to collect them.

Want to get involved in the next shipment?

You can be part of the team responsible for more pallets to help rescue dogs in Cyprus by supporting one of our fundraising campaigns:

Donate your Christmas card spend

Make a donation to support the rescue dogs

27 Nov

Christmas Card Campaign

Instead of sending Christmas Cards this year, would you consider making a donation to help abused dogs?

A few people have asked if they can make a donation in lieu of their Christmas cards this year and we would be delighted to have your festive support!

All funds raised are used to help neglected, abused and abandoned animals in Cyprus, by supplying the volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate them with much-needed food, medication, equipment and monetary support.  As an example, check out the amazing SEVEN huge pallets of donated goods that you, our supporters helped ship to Cyprus.

Make your Christmas Card Donation here

You could help us to send even more support overseas. Feel free to use our virtual Christmas Card. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card Campaign

20 May

Off to visit the Cyprus dogs

This is why we do what we do.

Two of our team are self-funding a trip to Cyprus on 14th June and SOS is one of the sites we will be visiting.

We want to take as much of the donated goods with us as we can, we need YOUR help to do so.

Everything you donate goes to help dogs like these and that why sending so many doggy goods over is so important.

Rescue Dog – our mission to help

On 14th June, our co-founder Sue Nuttall and Take Away The Tears friend Kellie Wills are self-funding a trip to Cyprus to see how the support TATT provides is helping on the ground. They have booked additional luggage space and hope to fill suitcases with:

  1. Flea/tick treatments
  2. Wormers
  3. Dog treats and toys
  4. And they will be buying food once over there to help feed the street dogs.

You can help by donating treatments, treats or toys and dropping them off at a number of places:-

  • The Financial Planning Centre, 75-79 Howard Street, North Shields
  • Gosforth Pets & Aquatics, Wansbeck Road, NE3 3HQ
  • Four Pays Hydrotherapy, Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth, NE61 6AW
  • Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC, 3 Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3ND
  • Take Away The Tears HQ – Hedgehog Cottage, North East Mason Farm, Seaton Burn NE13 6DN

You can buy online and have them delivered direct to TATT HQ at the address above.

You can donate a monetary gift here.

We can also arrange collection if required.

We’d be very grateful if you’d share to try and get those suitcases as full as possible.

Thank you.

Please donate what you can.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

19 May

Leishmaniasis Kills – Help Save A Life


Leishmaniasis kills – please help save a life

It costs a minimum of £14 to buy a Scalibor Collar which will prevent a dog getting bitten by Sand Flies. They are the main transmitter of Leishmaniasis.

You can help us take as many collars across as possible when we visit Cyprus in June. Donate now and consequently 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.”