Iolanda Kennels was established over 40 years ago by Tina, it soon became well known for the quality German Shepherds they bred through compassion, knowledge of blood lines and desire to maintain and improve the breed. Tina Sadly passed away 3 years ago in September and the kennels passed to her family who living in Italy were unable to continue the work she had started and decided to sell.
Julie started working at the kennels during Tina’s last few years and Tina became very dependent on her help in all aspects of the kennels.
Julie has now worked at the kennels for the past 9 years, which means she has seen most of the dogs arrive or born, helped raise them, trained them, loved them and sadly been there at the end for some of the older ones
On Tina's passing Julie desperate to keep the Iolanda name alive took over the Iolanda Kennel name to make sure she could continue Tina's lifelong passion for her GSD’s
Since Tina died, the dogs have been under Julie's sole care with no days off or holidays any help she has had has been solely done by friends, family and volunteers
The kennels were sold just over a year ago to buyers with no knowledge of dogs or boarding kennels, who perhaps saw it as an easy way to make money.
During the first 5 months she received no wages and lived off her savings, she is at the kennels 24 hours a day 7 days a week and again no days off or holidays, the owners knowing her compassion for these dogs will keep her there.
For a number of reasons the kennels are once again up for sale but not to continue as kennels so the fight is on to save these dogs from a unknown future.
This fundraiser is so that Julie can finally own these dogs and make the right choices for them to have happy lives .It will be at another location but all that matters is knowing that the dogs that have no choices have a compassionate person to make it for them.
If we could raise £25,000 in order to purchase all of the dogs any amount left would be used to set up a new home at a new location,
If you are interested in learning more about the German Shepherds that we have then please do have a look at our website www.iolandagsds.com.