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A safe haven for dogs coming to Walterboro

A haven dedicated to dogs that have impairments will soon be opening in the Walterboro area.

LoveyLoaves is devoted to saving and rehabilitating dogs that have been dealt different circumstances in life. Amputees, blind/deaf, medically complex, carted dogs, those suffering from disease, illness, injury, or disorder…all find solace and safety within the rescue. Cheri Wells said the organization strives to open the doors of LoveyLoaves Sanctuary, a safe haven for “specially-abled” dogs. “This will be a place where dogs with special circumstances can receive rehabilitation, physical therapy, love, and possibly be re-homed, fostered, or peacefully live out the rest of their days. Until the Sanctuary project reaches completion, we are placing dogs with special needs in loving homes through our foster and adoption program,” said Cheri Wells.

As founder of LoveyLoaves, Cheri, who is now operating her organization out of Orlando, Florida, has given her heart to the “lil’ Loveys,” as she calls the special needs dogs that she comes into contact with. “We are currently working out of a network of foster homes. Once we relocate, Colleton County will be our sole location.”

Cheri said that her organization will be located on Lumber Road between Williams and Ruffin. “We’re coming up in two weeks, and will be clearing that property,” Cheri said. She added that LoveyLoaves personnel are in the process of raising money to construct the building in Colleton County. “We run completely on community support. We looked at a lot of properties before choosing this one,” she added.

Cheri said that she and her husband and rescue partner, Ward, have been researching different areas in order to find the right spot for their new location. “We knew we wanted to be located in a rural area, but felt we needed to be close enough to larger cities so we can adopt our pets out to people who are suited for them.”

Cheri has extensive experience with specially-abled pets and has done numerous hours of volunteer service within the community. In addition to taking care of the day-to-day tasks of rescue, Cheri helps with transport, educates about special-needs dogs, and advocates for responsible pet guardianship. She has studied Humane Leadership, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication, and is certified in Canautics Canine Aqua Therapy through the Canine Fitness Institute. Cheri and her husband and rescue partner, Ward Wells, share their lives with Ollie, Winslow, Smudge, Mary, Colby, and Sassy.

Ward acts as the behind-the-scenes “tech guy” at LoveyLoaves, Cheri said. “Whether it be through Facebook, email, or tour website, he helps to keep the technical side of the rescue rolling by networking and educating about special needs dogs. He built our current website,” Cheri proudly said. Ward holds a Certificate in Medical Coding from Sullivan University and works part-time captioning telephone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing. For more information, go to http://www.loveyloaves.org , or call (407)446-2245.

Rick Tobin, Editor (434 Posts)