By Bejay Browne
A GREAT DANE cross breed which has been held in a Nicosia pound since June has been saved from being euthanized as a social media appeal has raised enough funds to send him to the UK.
Bram, described as a ‘gentle giant’ had just days left to live unless enough funds could be raised to send him to the UK through a Great Dane rescue organisation.
Elena Papaleontiou, of Pets2adopt, shared Bram’s story at popular website youcaring.com, an online fundraising site and he is also featured at Pets2adopt Cyprus Facebook page.
She told the Cyprus Mail that she is delighted with the response to Bram’s appeal which has seen pledges pouring into save the gentle giant.
“This is so helpful and I’m very happy for Bram. We will look for a flight to take him to the UK in mid November, before that he will be neutered.”
Papaleontiou said that arrangements would also be made to try and move the large dog to a bigger cage until he travels to the UK. He has remained in the pound, unclaimed by his owners, since June. Bram lives in a small cage with no space to move and sometimes sits in his own mess as there is not enough space for him to lie down comfortably.
She added: “We will also need to buy Bram a special giant crate to transport him in. This can be difficult, as they are not easy to find in Cyprus. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for some of our transport crates to be returned from the UK.”
The animal lover pointed out that Bram has a wonderful opportunity to go to UK and be re-homed through the Great Dane Rescue organisation.
“I’m sure that they will be able to find him a good home in the UK. Even though Bram has the size of a Great Dane, he has the character of a Labrador, he is friendly and calm. He has been thoroughly tested and he is disease free.”
Bram’s plight was an emergency as the municipality pound where he is staying has experienced an influx of new strays. Because of this, volunteers were informed that Bram was in danger of being put down.