Category Archives: Rehoming Centre Visits

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.

 

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

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