A Canadian woman was on a trip to Israel when an animal shelter in dire conditions caught her attention. Instead of doing nothing, she decided to adopt all 250 dogs with the intention of bringing every single one back to Canada.
"To say the dog shelter was overcrowded was an understatement," Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary said in a Facebook post. "There were 6 dogs in each cage, all fighting over the loaves of bread that they were being fed. Rats were everywhere, and the dogs, most of whom had been there for years, were terrified."
Danielle Eden and Rob Scheinberg, the husband and wife team behind Dog Tales, have been making trips abroad to rescue dogs since they brought back four furry friends from Israel years ago.
"Locally, we pull dogs from high-kill shelters in Quebec," Dog Tales representative Clare Forndran told InsideEdition.com, adding that internationally, Dog Tales has rescued dogs on the euthanasia list from as far as Romania, Greece, Korea and countries in Africa.
Because Eden and Scheinberg are originally from Israel, they make yearly visits to shelters there to rescue dogs in need. Eden will often put together a list of 10 to 20 dogs that need their help the most, and ship them back to King City, Ontario. This year, Eden discovered a new animal shelter in Israel to visit.
"It is usually pretty easy for her to decide which dogs need her the most," Forndran said. "In this case, it was impossible to decide. She felt that they all needed her."
Instead of leaving some of the dogs behind, Eden followed her heart and bought the entire shelter.
So far, 10 of the 250 dogs are currently in transit to Dog Tales, 25 are already being cared for at the Canadian shelter, 90 have been relocated to more habitable shelters in Israel, and the rest are being held at the original shelter until they are ready to make the journey to Canada.
"Our long term goal is to have all of them brought here," Forndran said, "but in the short term, we're fixing up the shelter."
"We've hired a team to make it more comfortable for [the dogs that have not yet been shipped to Canada]," she said, adding that while the dogs are now being fed suitable dog food and the shelter has been cleared of decaying rats.
"A lot of these dogs are very shut down and afraid," Forndran said. "After a few days [at Dog Tales], they know they can trust us, and they become very different dogs."
While Dog Tales does accept donations, they are privately funded and mostly rely on Eden and Scheinberg's good will.
Dog Tales also provides a sanctuary for rescue horses. Forndran told InsideEdition.com Eden and Scheinberg bid directly against buyers at meat auctions, where horses might be sold by the pound. The 70 horses currently at Dog Tales are not available for adoption, but will live out the rest of their days roaming free on the shelter's 50 acres of land.