Sophie creates a better future for animals with troubled pasts

Sophie Peacock pictured with Tallulah, a Staffy cross
Sophie Peacock pictured with Tallulah, a Staffy cross

ANIMAL-LOVER Sophie Peacock helps save animals who are destined to an early death.

She runs a charity that takes in stray, abandoned and abused dogs - as well as strays due to be put to sleep

Sophie, who lives in Hillmorton, has been working in animal welfare and dog training since 1997 and runs The Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Society (TARRS) in Rugby.

She said: “We take in strays, animals with behavioural problems and those that simply can no longer be cared for by their owners.

“TARRS has a network of foster carers and volunteers to house and look after the animals that come into our care. We hope to raise enough funds to build our own kennels in the future.

“This is a massive task but it can be done!”

She said animals can only be fostered to people who live in Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick or Leamington.

“This is where our vets are,” added Sophie.

“Any type of animal on our website can be fostered as long as you have the correct requirements and living conditions for the animals.”

She said chickens, particularly ex-battery, need homes as well as the cats and dogs.

“Others have lost some of their feathers due to not being cared for properly,” added Sophie.

“We are now taking applications for chickens.”

Donations are always needed to keep the charity running.

“It is hard work but I love it,” said Sophie.

Donations, no matter how big or small, are gratefully received.

“I would like to say a big thank you to Pets at Home in Rugby who are a great support.

“Most of our dog food donations get shared between the rescue and the stray dog pounds around Warwickshire so every homeless animal gets fed while waiting to find a rescue or new home.

“Our donated cat food is a massive help as we have been inundated with so many cats and kittens.”

Donations of dog and cat toys, bedding, cat and dog treats are welcome. “I’d like to thank everybody who has supported us,” added Sophie.

Telephone the charity on 07734 442785,, email