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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

Love that Crossed an Ocean

Support Adoption For Pets partnered charity Brighton & Hove Retired Greyhound TrustSome may know that long distance relationships can be tough and it’s just a case of whether absence truly does make the heart grow fonder or if it’s more like out of sight out of mind!

As the week grows to an end and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the perfect story for this week has just fallen on my desk from one of Support Adoption For Pets‘s partnered charities and I couldn’t help but share it with you!

Beautiful Dezzie, a Brighton & Hove Retired Greyhound Trust dog met Lisa when Lisa was visiting the UK and he was in his racing kennels. Even the Atlantic Ocean didn’t wash away the happenstance and with Lisa living on the sun-drenched island of Bermuda, she would be forgiven for putting the fleeting meeting down as just a holiday memory.

Luckily for Dezzie it was obviously a chance encounter that Lisa never forgot so when she heard that Dezzie had retired and had been placed with the fantastic Brighton & Hove RGT for rehoming she contacted the rescue and gave him a forever home that we would all dream of – all the way over in paradise!

Last week, now jetsetter Dezzie boarded his flight at Gatwick and arrived safely at his new home!

Paws down, this has to be the luckiest rehomed greyhound we’ve ever heard of and we obviously wish him and Lisa, a long, happy and sun kissed life together!

It’s a wrap! Day 1

In a world where social media and positive PR can significantly assist with pet adoption and rehoming, Support Adoption For Pets has started taking a tentative step into this previously untapped (for us!) arena in a bid to promote the work that we do but also the fantastic work the rehoming centres we support do too!

One way identified for promoting the work that Support Adoption For Pets does was by updating and completely rebranding our very old promotional DVD. The last time this was filmed, we were thrilled to be raising £650,000 per year for animal rehoming centres across the UK; now a few years on we are raising over £2m per year thus the requirement for a new DVD. We hoped that by filming a more up-to-date version, our fantastic supporters can see how we are growing and how the money they donate or help us raise is being used.

Our aim for the DVD was three-fold:-

1. Promote the benefits of rehoming pets and the increasing need of rehoming centres

2. Show where the money we have already raised is going and how it has truly helped!

3. Hopefully canvas new supporters

Picking two of the 650 rehoming centres we support was tricky as, not to sound too self-praising, there are so many that would have gladly taken part in the filming! Ultimately it came down to finding two in a geographical location that was easily commutable and within an hour of each other!

Yorkshire Cat Rescue and Support Adoption For Pets presentation Yorkshire Cat Rescue based in Keighley was recently awarded just over £20,000 from our Grant Award Scheme to put towards an ambitious scheme to build a new cattery block. Their intake of cats and kittens has unfortunately spiraled over the past 12 months, so the demand and need was evident and Sara was very thorough in here application and therefore an absolute must for the filming day!

 

Hannah at the Mayflower SanctuaryHaving covered cat rehoming, we then needed to look for a dog rehoming centre that had also benefited from a grant from us! Luckily we didn’t need to look too far as the fabulous people at Mayflower Sanctuary based in Doncaster are long-time “friends” of Support Adoption For Pets. They recently received a donation from us too and Jenni was thrilled for the sanctuary to take part in the day! The hardest part was for Hannah, the kennel manager, to choose one dog to take part in the filming. There were so many gorgeous four-legged friends to choose from…

As day one came to a close, the days filming had done two things – met the above aims for the filming which was great but it had also concreted in my heart that Support Adoption For Pets are making a difference and we do truly help pets in their time of need, through a network of fabulous rehoming centres!

 

It’s the little donations that count!

Whilst we, in the charity team, are always thrilled to make the phone call to rehoming centres to let them know that their grant application has been successful, it has come as a very pleasant surprise that even the small, little donations we make on an adhoc basis, still make a difference.

Support Adoption For Pets recently received a donation of over 5,000 collars and leads from Pets at Home and we were more than happy to offer these out to active dog rehoming centres who could use them for either the dogs currently in their care or to help with their own fundraising efforts.

Collars and Leads

The donation – A small mountain of collars and leads

When the seven pallets filled with collars and leads rolled in, it was easy to wonder what we had let ourselves in for, as each individual donation needed to be de-tagged and cleaned in order for them to be sent out to the 220 dog charities who applied. However we all adopted a “roll your sleeves up and get stuck in” attitude in order to get the donations out and with our minds set on the dogs that would benefit, we started to wade through the donations.

Some of the rehoming centres purely applied for collars for the dogs they were attempting to rehome as most of those dogs came to their shelter with nothing, others quite rightly saw it as a way to raise much needed funds to help them carry on the vital work they do in the local community and as always, Support Adoption For Pets was more than happy to help them.

Six weeks later we are coming to the end of the list of donations and we are amazed at the number of thank you cards and emails that we’re receiving already from the rehoming centres that asked for and received the collars.

One such personal email from Animal Connexions, a rehoming centre that we support regularly mentioned how “very smart” their “little unwanted ones” looked! A real tear-jerking moment!

It just shows that such a small token donation can be so greatly received and it has confirmed the saying that it truly is the small things in life that count!

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