Category Archives: Grant Award Scheme

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.

 

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

Welcome to the Support Adoption For Pets Blog

Today marks our first ever Support Adoption For Pets blog… cue drum-roll!

Not knowing where to start and what to talk about for our inaugural steps into the blogging stratosphere has been running through my mind over the past couple of weeks so when arriving at my desk this Monday morning, I thought I would just “wing it”! Then up pops an email which encompasses perfectly why Support Adoption For Pets does what it does, why it’s so important and why my role here as the Fundraising and Communication Coordinator is harrowing but at the same time can bring immense amounts of joy!

Let me take you back a few months to a routine grant application form received from a dog rehoming centre called Pro Dogs Direct, based in London, applying to the charity for support with their vet bills. Requests for help with vet bills and boarding kennel costs is something that we are seeing on a more and more frequent basis especially as rescues struggle to keep up with demand from pets that are abandoned or given up for adoption.

So criteria was checked and the visits were made and we took the request for £10k to our trustees like any other. Given the work that Pro Dogs Direct do and the tireless giving of time, love and energy ploughed into the charity and the dogs in their care; our trustees, thankfully, were more than happy to support their application and it was with huge pleasure that we were able to send the charity a cheque for the £10k applied for

Now part of our process is to keep in touch with the rehoming centres that we support on a semi-regular basis so that we can try to proactively help them in the future. So we see (or hear) the good and the bad stories; some that could break the coldest of hearts but others that can lighten a miserable day!

HeidiCue Heidi! Pro Dogs Direct emailed us to let us know about a lovely 10-week-old Labradoodle pup that was born with a heart defect and was in urgent need of an operation. The charity was looking after her as the people that originally had her no longer wanted her. The operation would run into thousands but should the money be found to allow them to give her that chance, the vet was cautiously optimistic that Heidi would go on to live a normal life.

Thanks to the generous donations received from the public and the help of another local charity they were in a position to pay for the first stage of Heidi’s fight for survival. Pro Dogs Direct were keen to show us that this was a routine day for them and that thanks to their Support Adoption For Pets donation, dogs like Heidi were getting the vet care that they need and deserve.

Heidi’s operation was a success although she’s not quite out of the woods yet! She may still need to go through another operation in the future but to see her safe and at least trying to play with her other doggy friends is heart-warming to see! She just has no comprehension of “taking it easy” apparently. We all sit with paws firmly crossed whilst willing this little trooper to fight on.

Without a doubt Heidi is alive thanks to the dedication of an animal rehoming centre, who strives for the very best for the dogs in their care and whilst this is a very specialist case, we are thrilled to be supporting Pro Dogs Direct with their general vet fees allowing them to concentrate other funds on cases such as this.

For more information on ways that we support rehoming centres or to make a donation to Support Adoption For Pets to allow us to continue helping charities such as Pro Dogs Direct, please see our website