Recruit4vets are raising money in support of Support Adoption for Pets

Charity Runners - Recruit4vetsSome of the team members at Recruit4vets have kindly donated their time to train and participate in the Great Manchester run which is a whopping 10k on May 22nd 2016 all in support of our Charity.

 

Support Adoption for Pets is very close to know only the company’s hearts but the individual team members too and really want to do everything they can to help give these homeless and abandoned animals a second chance at happiness!

 

Recruit4vets are raising money for this amazing charity and would love your support, to donate, please visit their just giving page. Every little helps!

 

Our team members who are taking part our Associate Recruitment Consultant Cathy, Recruitment Consultant’s Tom and Chris and our Finance Director Phil, find out more about our team members who are taking part and their stories here.

 

Training is going very well, as an incentive Recruit4vets pay for a personal training session for their team members on a Tuesday lunchtime, so this is a great way to get prepared and extra fit for the event on May 22nd

 

Read Recruit4vets’ full story

 

We would like to wish Recruit4vets and their fantastic team the best of luck for the event, they will keep everyone updated with their progress and live posts and pictures from the day so we sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and their blog!

Becoming a Trustee

Before I became a trustee I had read about the great work that Support Adoption For Pets does, but as with so many things, it’s not until you see for yourself that you really get to understand the value of our work.  So I was really looking forward to spending the day with Amy who had arranged for us to visit three of the rehoming centres we support.

First stop was the new Manchester rehoming centre run by the Dogs Trust – WOW!  What an amazing place and what fantastic people!  This is a purpose built facility so the public areas are all light and airy and designed to provide as much access to and information about the dogs as possible.  But, impressive as this is, it is the facilities for the dogs that really stand out – the reception facilities, the multiple exercise grounds providing sensory and physical enrichment, the care taken with individual diets and the rehoming itself; nothing is left to chance.

After a cup of tea which gave us time to chat with the team, we headed over to the RSPCA centre in Accrington.  Physically the contrast was quite stark.  Here was an assembly of older buildings with no obvious ‘identity’ but inside the devotion to the care of their pets was obvious.  They care for an array of dogs and cats seeking new homes as well as those being housed longer term.  We also found a pair of ferrets who were enjoying play time with one of the volunteers.  One of the key aspects of our visit was to discuss their plans for a new rabbit unit to replace the rather dilapidated unit which now cannot be used.

Final stop of the day, after a quick stop for a burger at the Motorway services, was a visit to Carla Lane Animals in Need near Liverpool.  We have funded an intensive care unit for cats as part of a major redevelopment at the site so it was a huge pleasure to hand over one of our plaques for their wall.  Three passionate trustees showed us around the centre, the open spaces they use to rehabilitate the dogs in their care and the other facilities.  They were rightly proud of what they have achieved, yet very humble about the hill that’s still to climb to provide homes for the pets that so desperately need one.

I returned home inspired.  Seeing really is believing.

Brian Hudspith joined the Support Adoption For Pets board of Trustees in 2015

VIP invite to open cat enrichment area at Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Who doesn’t like an invite to a party? Especially when that party is at Bath Cats and Dogs Home to celebrate the opening of their cat enrichment area that Support Adoption For Pets supported with one of our recent £50,000 grants.

Despite the dreary weather, there was a good turnout and everyone’s spirits were high at the grand opening of the new cat garden at Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Our Trustee Tanya was on hand to cut the ribbon, had make a toast to the future and then got down to the most important business of the day  – interacting with the 5 kittens who were already playing in the garden.

Sitting on one of the benches she was quickly immersed in the feline antics going on all around her. The kittens were able to dart around the garden, which has lots of high and low shelves and platforms to climb on and a plethora of cat friendly plants to nibble on.

If that’s not enough to keep the cats happy and engaged there was also an abundance of toys, rest areas and of course, the fact that they had plenty of room to interact with each other.  This environment also provides them with the opportunity to explore their human guests, safely and calmly. A true cat haven.

Bath Cats and Dogs Home will now be able to provide all rescue cats with ample opportunity to play and to exercise in a home from home environment. This will aid in rehabilitation, where required, and will provide the much needed mental and physiscal stimulus that all cats thrive on, and that every rescue cat deserves. It also provides a wonderful place for cats to interact with their potential new owners.

We think the cat garden is going to provide many fond memories for the Bath Cats and Dogs Home team and their volunteers,  prospective owners and for the cats themselves.

 

Ride London 100 fundraising

Daniel CornwellI’m not sure signing up to do a 100 mile bike ride was in my “job description” when I signed up to be a Trustee for Support Adoption For Pets nevertheless I entered Ride London 100 with some trepidation.

Personal circumstances have seen a move to The North and coupled with a severe chest infection in February/March my training was limited to just over 250 miles this year. In comparison last year I did over 1,600 miles, culminating in a 100 mile ride in October.

After finding a hotel just 6 miles from the start I headed to The Olympic Park with real trepidation; would I complete it, could I? What time would I do? Could I possibly dip under the magic 6 hour mark. My understanding is that the six hour mark is the equivalent to a marathon runner doing a marathon in four hours – not sure though…!

The start was organized, each ‘wave’ having their own playout song – we had ‘That’s Entertainment’ by The Jam – not unhappy with this – the guys before us had Club Tropicana by Wham!

On starting the first thing I noticed was the sheer number of cyclists and how wonderful cycling on closed roads felt – it took a while to remember not to stop at red lights though…

The initial pace was (for me) ferocious, and I covered the first twenty miles in around an hour…it didn’t feel fast though and I was happy with my hydration levels and general all around energy/food levels.

The hills started at around 46 miles – Newlands Corner. For me this was the second hardest of the day’s climbs. Short(ish) but very sharp and difficult to get a rhythm on. I did my usual, stick to the left of the road, largest rear cog and just plodded my way up the hill. I must have been overtaken by dozens of people. The first ‘stoppers/walkers’ needed overtaken but I managed to get to the top ok…but then…just a few miles later – Leith Hill.

Leith Hill rises to some sections of around 12%. I am fine with gradients of up to 10%…above this though and I struggle – I’m carrying about a stone too much in all honesty and I am definitely not built for hills.

Leith Hill was an absolute pig but, again, I found a rhythm and spun my way to the top. I knew the worst was over…in fact Box Hill was amazing, I really enjoyed it…partly the views, partly the road surface (it makes  a huge difference), definitely the camaraderie, the self deprecation of other cyclists. Then it was a bit of a free wheel back into London – through Kingston and Wimbledon with huge crowds cheering you on, to finally hit the Mall. I didn’t have the energy to sprint, but I made it. I looked at my time – 5 hours 53 minutes. Better than I could possibly have imagined. On a 100 mile ride I averaged 17mph. I think this was fuelled, at least in part, by adrenaline but I was shocked at how much you get carried along by the crowd.

It was an incredible day and just the day before I hit my fundraising target of £1,000 for Support Adoption For Pets. Emotional phone calls home over the line and the trundle back to the North West via St Pancras, and Cambridgeshire (to pick my car up) followed. As I write this, three days later I have yet to wipe the grin off my face!

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Timings

 

The pictures above show my data after Ride London and my data for 2014.

Route and Hill

 

The picture above shows the route and hill profile.

Meet the Team – Laura Messenger

Laura MessengerHi, my name is Laura and I’m the fundraiser for Support Adoption For Pets. I joined the team in January 2015; before that I spent a year working as a community fundraiser for a small animal rescue in Manchester.

At the moment I don’t have any pets; my partner and I would like to get a dog, but at the moment we’re just too busy! My family have always been cat owners and they’ve all been rescue pets. My sister was even a ‘failed fosterer’ – she cared for a mum cat and a litter of five kittens, and three ended up as permanent additions to the family!

My job is to organise all the different fundraising activities that Support Adoption For Pets does to bring in the money which we then give out to rescue centres. The first big activity of the year was our #MakesMeSmile fundraising drive and raffle. This year we sold over 400,000 raffle tickets which is an incredible amount! There aren’t many jobs which involve phoning a complete stranger to tell them they’ve won a brand new car – but mine does, and it’s brilliant!

For me the most important part of my job is seeing the effect that the donations have on local rescues. I know first-hand how hard rescues work for the animals in their care. The sad fact is that there are far too many homeless and abandoned animals out there, and not enough spaces in rescues. There are very few organisations that they can turn to for financial aid, so I’m thrilled to be working for the biggest grant giving organisation for animal rescues in the UK.

After our #MakesMeSmile campaign I sent out over 430 cheques to all sorts and sizes of rescues (writing out that many cheques is hard work!), and many responded to tell me how they would be spending the money. A lot of the donations went towards paying vet bills. Some rescues used the money to pay for repairs, or to buy equipment. One rescue used their donation to pay for a fire alarm system – it’s not something that first comes to mind when you think about rescues, but it’s essential for protecting the animals!

The job is very busy, very varied – and it wouldn’t be possible without our supporters. Every raffle ticket, lottery entry, sponsored event– or a good old-fashioned cash donation! – it all goes to such fantastic causes. It’s great to know that when I do finally adopt a dog, I’ll also be working ‘behind the scenes’ to help so many other animals find their forever home.

Paws up for ‘National Teddy Bear Day’

Support Adoption 004The history of the teddy bear dates as far back as the early 1900’s, and most of us at some point in our lives, have had our own, and loved it dearly. They become cherished members of the family and are often passed down between generations.

This September marks National Teddy Bear Day, something those soft, cuddly creatures truly deserve. On September 9th the teddy bear will be over 100 years old, with the first bear created way back in 1902 during U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s reign – who was also known as Teddy Roosevelt.

President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip  to Mississippi, but came across few wild animals. Hours into the trip the group tracked down and a helpless bear. The president was to shoot the bear to win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Since it’s birth in the 1900’s there have been hundreds of famous bears, including Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear and Fozzie Bear.

Now, the UK’s number one grant giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets, has given a new life to almighty cuddly toy, giving people the opportunity to adopt their very own charity bear, to help give homeless and abandoned pets a second chance at a happy life.

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Arthur in New York

The soft, traditional teddy bear is part of a continued mission of Support Adoption For Pets, to raise awareness of the thousands of animals who become homeless every year through no fault of their own, and work to find them a happy home for life. Coming complete with a certificate of adoption, and naming tag, this bear is an ideal gift for any animal lover.

The charity is also following one of their bears, named Arthur, as it travels around the world. Search #ArthursAdventure on Facebook and Twitter to see where he has been so far. To celebrate Arthur’s Adventures, I have teamed up with Support Adoption For Pets to send one of my lovely readers on a little adventure of their own – to the beautiful Lake District. Simply visit the In the Playroom Facebook page to enter our competition to win a a two night stay for two people!

The Support Adoption For Pets Charity Bear is available to buy from all Pets at Home Stores, or online at www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/products/charity-bear, RRP £11.99

 

Day in the life of Trustee Jill

Jill NaylorAn average morning today in my “normal job” was made better knowing I was off to visit Cliveglen Small Dog Rescue wearing my hat as Trustee for Support Adoption For Pets.

Part of my trustee role, does require me to go out and visit some of the rehoming organisations who apply for financial support from us – it’s something I love doing but I do find it hard leaving empty handed.

I arrived at 1pm at Cliveglen Small Dog Rescue and as Clive and I shook hands, I was realised immediately that I was in doggy heaven; with dogs saying hello and the others happily lounging on the sofa, wagging their welcome! Poor Yorkie Elvis wasn’t as keen as the others, he’d only just arrived at the rescue and was sticking firmly to his bed, clearly very confused as to what he’d done wrong and missing his Mum. He did however manage a little wag as I said hello.

Clive and Glenis were very welcoming to me and I could immediately see they would be their furry friends guardians as they arrived in their hour of need. Glenis had put some photos together of some of the dogs they’ve had in their care. Some of it was pretty shocking stuff. Thank goodness for the likes of Cliveglen

We talked at length about the issues that the rescue faces and the dogs that they take in. If a dog is in need, they don’t ask too many questions for fear of not being able to take the dog into their care. When the dogs arrive they are checked over by the friendly local vet and given bucket loads of love and attention. To say these people are dog lovers is an understatement!

As with so many rescues, vets bills are a huge part of their outgoings. Clive has come up with some novel ways of raising money for the dogs, just ask him about Back to The Future! Vets bills are what Cliveglen’s grant application will go towards. I was so impressed by them and they will not get any arguments from me when I submit my visit form over to the team in the office These people are fabulous and doing an absolutely amazing job helping their wonderful dogs in need.

If you represent a UK pet rehoming organisation and you are interested in applying to the Support Adoption For Pets Grant Application Scheme, why not get in touch and see if you can offer you a helping paw

Santa Paws Appeal 2014

Our #SantaPaws 2014 appeal is in full swing! From 1st December through to Christmas Eve we are asking for donations towards meals for less fortunate pets. 100% of the money is passed on to local rehoming and rescue centres, and gives every animal in their care a hearty meal to enjoy on Christmas day! A dinner costs 50p per pet, meaning a £7 donation could feed an animal for the entire Christmas holidays!

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Similarly, a £3 Santa Paws donation can give a litter of puppies or kittens their Christmas dinner, which is why we are asking your pet to support their furry pals and text – with the bill payers permission – BOWL01 £3 to 70070.

Just for fun, (and because we love seeing snaps of your fur-babies) we have also asked for you to print out our donation certificate, and share your pet’s pic with us on Facebook or Twitter using the #SantaPaws. You can find the printout in our Hall of Fame, here.

Not on Facebook or Twitter? Fear not, you can email your pictures to us – info@supportadoptionforpets.co.uk

SantaPaws 2014 Appeal

We have seen a whole host of participants so far, pets
who have kindly donated; and at time of writing the battle of cats vs. dogs is being won by pooches! But we have also received support from guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, a bearded dragon, and even a jumping spider!

By donating to the Support Adoption For Pets Santa Paws 2014 Appeal you are helping to fill a homeless or abandoned pet’s bowl this Christmas. For more ways to give, and more information about this cause head here.

A huge thank you, and high paws all round to those who have generously donated already. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas!

What’s a “typical” week?

I often get asked what it’s like working for Support Adoption For Pets is like and what a “typical” week looks like. Well, the answer to that is that there is never a typical week here! My role is so varied; I regularly wonder where my week has gone!

This week started with a really productive meeting with our PR agency, Smoking Gun, we discussed the action plan for the coming months which included some super ideas for a very special milestone for the charity……….all will be revealed very soon!

One of the many dogs looking for a new home at North Clwyd Animal Rescue

On Wednesday, Emily and I visited North Clwyd Animal Rescue to discuss their grant application which has been submitted to help fund their on-site veterinary clinic which will benefit the centre and help reduce their ever increasing vet bills. While we were there, we took the opportunity to meet some of the animals currently in their care including several cats and their kittens.

We called into the maternity unit and met a family who had brought in their daughter to view the kitten they had adopted which was still a little too young to leave his mum yet. I am sure little kitten, Mikey, will soon be off to settle into his new home.

We then met the dogs and I personally fell for Teddy, a 7 month cocker spaniel who had been brought into the centre the day before! It’s a little bit of an occupational hazard with our roles! He is definitely one that I will be getting back in touch with Nicky about…. just to see how he is getting on ( I promise)….. whilst I work on my hubby and persuade him that our house can accommodate another family member.

Thursday was a little different again! The entire Support Adoption For Pets team spent the day at Society For Abandoned Animals in Sale, Manchester so that we could film a “How to Guide” for completing our Grant Application form and the process.

The idea being that the charity team appear in a short film to explain how easily UK based pet rescue and rehoming centres can apply for a grant from Support Adoption For Pets. We wanted to feature Society For Abandoned Animals as they have recently been awarded £30,000 following a grant application – so who better to explain to other rescues how easy the process is and once awarded how a grant can benefit a rescue?

In between my action packed days I have been processing the latest batch of free rabbit neuter vouchers. Did you know that in the last year we have neutered over 5,300 rabbits that have come through our adoption centres? I am sure that this will only increase as we are in the process of rolling out the scheme to allow new adoption families to redeem our vouchers at local Vets 4 Pets surgeries.

Lynn Stoddard

Rabbiting on about …… rabbits! Rabbit rehoming guide

Learn about adopting rabbits

Whilst you may know that Support Adoption For Pets are the largest UK animal grant awarding charity you may not know that we also have over 350 small animal adoption centres, nationwide for pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and sometimes even fish.

Our adoption centres can be found in most Seve Was An Adopted Rescue Rabbit Pets at Home stores across the UK and are home to pets that are hoping for a second chance of happiness. Whilst they are with us we feed them, keep them warm with fresh bedding, safe and provide whatever veterinary treatment they may need. We never put a healthy pet to sleep and always strive to find the best home we can for each of our furry residents.

Advice for rehmoning or adopting a rabbit

With rabbits becoming a firm favourite for families, it is important to understand that rabbits aren’t a cheap, child friendly, time saving pet alternative. Actually rabbits do have very complex needs and because these needs aren’t generally known they are quickly being considered the UK’s most neglected pet.

Rehoming bunnies or rabbit adoption should be carefully considered so that you can provide a wonderful forever home for your bunny.

Generally rabbits need to receive daily attention so that they can get use to human contact, which will help with health checks. Most rabbits do not enjoy being carried so it is important that regular interaction with a pet rabbit is done at their level. Hutches should be cleaned out every other day and they must have fresh hay/grass (this should equate to about 80% of their diets) supplemented with rabbit pellets and fresh rabbit-friendly veg and daily clean water. They are social pets so most rescues would request that when adopting a rabbit, you are planning on bonding the new addition to an existing rabbit or taking a pair; which means double the work.

In addition to this they need daily exercise in a large run which ideally should be permanently attached to a large weather/rain-proof hutch! The great, Great British weather is so mixed and varied so you must ensure that your rabbit(s) accommodation is safe and protected! My six adopted bunnies actually have an entire shed to themselves and they love it!

Rabbits need to be vaccinated annually and should always be neutered or spay, regardless of whether they are a same sex pairing. This could help prevent life-threatening illnesses such as cancer in the future and in the case of males, could limit/prevent spraying. Like most rescues, Support Adoption For Pets will neuter, for free, any rabbit that comes from our adoption centres. In fact, in the last 12 months we have neutered over 4166 rabbits.

These are just the basics too! A recent article by Bristol Dogs and Cats Home suggests that the estimated costs involved in caring for healthy rabbits, including set up costs and annual “maintenance” costs, taking into consideration that your bunny could live for 8-10 years, could be over £8,000 which is obviously doubled when you bond a pair together.

This could obviously increase drastically should your bunny get sick and need other treatment. Rabbits can be susceptible to dental issues and they’ve very sensitive tummies.

This is in no way meant to scare off potential new adopters; rabbits are wonderful pets and each will have their own personalities. There are hundreds of bunnies out there that are looking for their forever homes but it is worth understanding their needs Adopted Rabbit Bubba Who Was Helped By Support Adoption For Petsand the long term commitment required. Adopting a bunny can be extremely rewarding and it’s nice to feel that you have given an abandoned rabbit a second chance at happiness.

Speaking as a rabbit owner of six rescue buns, it is so rewarding to give them a safe and caring home and they really are great fun to have around

If you feel that you have a stable home and the time to look after a rabbit and you are keen to give a forever home to one, please visit one of our adoption centres or have a look at our Rehome a Pet directory.