About A New Leash for Life Rescue

A New Leash for Life Rescue is a not for profit organisation run by Marcene Lines. Marcene has been rescuing dogs for over 4 years, and has saved hundreds of dogs. She volunteers her time, juggling her rescue work around her job, family and her own dogs.


Marcene firmly believes that any dog has a right to a warm, loving home regardless of where they have come from, so she works closely with a small network of local rescuers abroad (primarily in Romania and Spain) to identify dogs of all shapes and sizes and ages, that they believe can be successfully re-homed here in the UK. These guardian angels keep these dogs safely, and ensure they receive all the right vaccinations and checks to get their doggy passports so they can travel to the UK.


She also leads a small team of kind hearted volunteers, who provide vital temporary foster care for dogs when they arrive in the UK. Fostering is important so the dogs have time to adjust to home life and they can be assessed to make sure they find the perfect family for them. Other volunteers help with admin, transporting dogs or by fundraising. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.


The rescue relies solely on public donations to help the dogs. We fundraise to cover vets bills, transportation costs and to help buy food and supplies for the dogs under our care. We are always very grateful for any donations received and to volunteers who fundraise for the rescue.


Why Rescue from Abroad?

People often ask why she rescues from abroad when there are dogs in shelters here, but she has visited the shelters in Romania where dogs are living in overcrowded communal pens and with minimal food, seen the horrific ways they are treated. If you compare any UK dog shelter such as Dogs trust, RSCPA, Battersea and so on, they all have food, medical attention, compassionate people working there, a roof over their heads, warm, clean kennels and so on. Romanian shelters are nothing at all like this, there is no charity, it is hell and unless rescued, the dogs face the death penalty.


So Marcene takes regular trips to Romania to visit her local rescuer network. She assesses the dogs and identifies other ways in which she can help, including fund raising, food donations or supporting initiatives such as spay and neuter campaigns.

If you would like to get involved or find out more please contact us.

Marcene in Romania

Romanian shelter

Marcene's happy dogs