A father of three daughters, Paul Viner, filled a gap in his life by adopting puppies that give him company. His daughters’ are now all grown up, Leah, 28 years, Gemma, 31 years and Kealy, 33 years old, and he became depressed when all of them left home.
Volunteering in a dog rescue center
Paul desperately needed companionship because he felt lonely and empty. Fortunately, upon participating in puppies’ charity work, he felt relieved by the experience.
The Hertfordshire-based charity helps in saving puppies from pre-planned euthanization. However, when killing stations rescue the dogs from the streets, they euthanize them if unclaimed.
So far, his charity contribution involves saving three dogs, namely, Sky, Sheba, and Shane, from cruel treatment.
When Paul’s daughters left, he felt desolate and developed the empty nest syndrome. He needed to feel wanted once more. Furthermore, some men go through a midlife crisis, and Paul had a few friends who purchased sports cars and Harley Davidsons to bring back the excitement in their life as a way of avoiding depression.
Paul’s spouse, Toni, also felt the emptiness after their daughters left, and she even thought of adopting a puppy to keep them company.
The two got their first Belgian Shepherd Shane in 2014 when Paul came across a rescue dog’s Website. It shocked Paul to learn about the dog’s cruel treatment in the rescue stations.
Unfortunately, Shane died at the beginning of 2015. After that, Paul adopted another incapacitated puppy called Sheba, that feared to mingle with other puppies.
After some years, Paul adopted Sky, a dog rescued together with his brother from a killing station in Spain. Even though Paul felt bothered about the mistreatment of the puppies in the killing station, he knew that they also did some good.
Since Paul adopted the puppies, his life is now better as he feels needed once more.
Paul’s still helps in rescuing other puppies by volunteering at Mutts.