Thetford dog rescuer uses TikTok to find new homes

Published:
7:00 p.m. January 5, 2022



A 26-year-old woman with more than 84,000 followers on TikTok says the social media app has helped her find homes for hundreds of rescued dogs.

Hollie Smith, from Thetford, helped set up Pride Animal Rescue in Suffolk in September last year.

Her passion for saving animals began when she adopted her second dog, Prince, in 2020 after he was rescued from an animal shelter in Romania.

Following this, Ms Smith was asked if she would be interested in adopting another dog who had also been brought to the UK. And since then, she can’t stop.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith

Ms Smith has since taken in around 50 dogs and started volunteering at a rescue centre, using their social networks to help find new homes.

The 26-year-old also regularly updated her own TikTok account documenting each dog’s journey – but little did she realize how popular her videos would become.

“I think TikTok is the biggest social media platform right now,” Ms Smith said.

“I only used it for fun, but one day I uploaded a video of a dog brought back to our shelter. I woke up the next day and it had 10.2 million views and adoption applications from around the world.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith

“My TikTok went crazy. It made me realize how powerful it is and thought about how many other dogs could be hosted from this platform.

“I share every dog’s journey from the shelter in Romania until they are brought to us here and people really get invested in that dog and their story. Every dog ​​I upload to TikTok, I always get a request to adopt them.

Since then, Ms Smith – who quit her job at Tesco – started working at Kings Farm Kennels in Eye, where she met kennel owner Chris Coe and Jade Armson and together they decided to start Pride Animal Rescue.


Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

Hollie Smith is co-founder of Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith

As well as foster dogs in the UK, the rescue – which is awaiting charity status – is also working closely with partners in Romania to rescue dogs from shelters after they have been neglected and often abused.

In the future, Pride Animal Rescue – based at Kings Farm Kennels – hopes to open another shelter in the UK and Romania.

For more information or to adopt a dog you can visit their website here: https://www.prideanimalrescue.com/ .


Dogs pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

Dogs pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith


A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith


A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith


A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.

A dog pictured at Pride Animal Rescue in Eye.
– Credit: Hollie Smith