I first saw Ivan, or Oliver as he was, on Twitter. I see hundreds of dogs for adoption and always retweet in the hope that someone somewhere will give them the loving home they desperately want and deserve. I already had two dogs and a cat and really wasn't looking for another dog at this time. But then I saw Ivan. There was something about him that immediately captured my heart and I just knew that I had to have him. I found the Zante Strays page on Facebook, and messaged that I would like to adopt Ivan and asked for information on the adoption process.
I was given Zante's email address and immediately contacted them to start the ball rolling. Within a short space of time I had a visit from a Zante representative to do a thorough 'home check' which went without a hitch. The next day I was told that Ivan was ours - I cried tears of joy, I knew this was meant to be. I very soon was given a date for Ivan's arrival and was counting the days. I stayed in regular contact with Ivan's foster mother, she was very helpful and answered all my questions. It was very exciting to receive the Facebook message from Zante Strays with all of the travel information and drop off points. We chose our drop off point and informed the driver, Peter Getliffe and everything was in place.
So, the big day arrived, my husband and I had stayed at the service station overnight, Ivan was due to arrive between 11am-12pm on 29th February 2016 - our leap year Gotcha Day. I was very emotional on the morning of Ivan's arrival, I couldn't wait to meet him. When I saw Peter's van pull into the service station I burst into tears! The moment I peeped into the van and saw Ivan in his cage, I instantly fell in love. Ivan has filled a place in my heart that I didn't even know was empty. My dogs, Moose and Millie, both fell in love with Ivan straight away, even my grumpy cat Maisie accepted him without any fuss which is amazing.
I am so very grateful to Zante Strays for all the amazing work that they do, the adoption process went without a hitch and we are now the proud owners of a beautiful, gentle soul - our boy, Ivan.
Lisa Hawkins - UK