An animal activist and model from Caithness has raised funds to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing with their dogs and also those left behind in the conflict.
Natalie Oag, along with her beloved Chihuahua called Louis Vuitton, raised funds in August by undertaking a dog walking challenge called Paws and Prayers which was set up by the Wild at Heart Foundation.
“We’ve walked 120 miles so far and raised £150,” Natalie said, adding the money will help fund emergency aid for refugees fleeing Ukraine with their dogs and for dogs who have been left behind this shelter in abandoned and bombed out buildings.
“By raising £150 you will receive a notification that you have saved a dog. So far the challenge has raised over £30,000. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Highfield Forestry for the generous donation and access to some of their forests that they manage in Scotland, England and Wales that Louis Vuitton and I have driven most of our charity miles, surrounded by stunning scenery.”
Natalie said she met several other people on the same trip. “Ed and his wife lost their two sons when they were just 20 – it’s such a tragic and sad story. However, they still have so much love for children and animals, they opened their huge hearts and take a refugee family into their home.Such an act of compassion and kindness.
Natalie says the long walks help keep herself and Louis fit and motivated. “Louis Vuitton may be a Chihuahua with small paws, but he loves to walk and is by no means a purse dog. God gave him four paws for a reason and this little dog has collected so many charitable money for his four-legged friends throughout the years.”
For more information about the Wild at Heart Foundation, visit: wildatheartfoundation.org/
Wild at Heart Foundation wants to end the suffering of stray dogs around the world. The charity believes that every stray dog deserves the chance to live a healthy and happy life, free from the threat of pain, suffering, cruelty or neglect.