In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened
a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering
dog.. It had been locked in the shed and
abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and
had clearly been abused.
In an act of kindness, the police took
the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the
nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary,
run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a
willing haven for Animals abandoned, orphaned or
otherwise in need. Click
Geoffand the other sanctuary staff went to work with two
aims to restore the dog to full health, and to win her
trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals
They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about
finding her an adoptive home.
But Jasmine had other ideas. No-one remembers now how it
began, but she started welcoming all Animal arrivals at
the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it was a puppy, a
fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting Animal,
Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where
possible, deliver a welcoming lick.
Geoff relates one of the early incidents. "We had two
puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway
line. One was a Lakeland
Terrier cross and
another was a Jack
Russell Doberman cross.
They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and
Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of
the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then
she fetched the other one and sat down with them,
"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the
rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it
helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle
into their new surroundings.
"She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she
licks the rabbits and guinea
even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."
Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the
animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for
which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and
abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five
fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea
pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.
And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was
found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the
sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm,
and then went into the full foster mum role. Jasmine the
greyhound showers Bramble the Roe deer with affection
and makes sure nothing is matted.
are inseparable," says Geoff "Bramble walks between her legs and
they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the
real treat to see them."
Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is
old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that
happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too
busy showering love
and affection on
the next Orphan or victim of abuse.
From left, Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble,
orphaned Roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack
Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured
barn owl; and Jasmine with a Mothers heart doing
best what a caring Mother would do... Such is the
order of God's Creation.