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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

Meet the Team – Emily

EmilyHello, I’m Emily and I am the Rehoming Centre & VIP Coordinator for both Support Adoption For Pets and Pets at Home. Being 23 I’m the baby of the team and do like to remind the team of this every once in a while. I moved over to Manchester in the summer of 2013 after spending 4 years in Huddersfield for university but I’m originally from Llandudno, North Wales which I’m very proud to say – my desk is decorated in an array of Welsh memorabilia! Being Welsh, naturally I’m an avid rugby fan but I also have a passion for athletics and skiing – the team will tell you I’m a little competitive.

Before moving to work in the Support Office I used to work for Pets at Home as a store colleague for just over 5 years and have been working within the Charity Team for nearly 12 months and I love it!

My job has two sides to it, a green and a pink one! The green side of me (the Pets at Home side) looks after the charities that are on the Pets at Home VIP club and make sure that all the charities get their Lifelines to spend in store each quarter. The pink side of me (the Support Adoption For Pets side) manages the grant applications that rescues submit for funding from the charity. Rescues can apply for grants for various purposes including help towards vet bills, kennel fees, towards the purchase of a vehicle and capital projects – we’ve recently given away our largest grant ever!

We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of grant applications that we are receiving every week, especially since rescues can now easily apply on our website – whilst this keeps me very busy it just shows much help all the rescue and rehoming centres out there still need!

I love going out to visit all the different rescues that apply for funding, I think it really helps me develop my role and have a better understand of the rescues and what their needs are. Without a doubt, the best bit has got to be calling the rescues that have been granted funding by the Trustees and telling them the good news!

As well as this I love our team and how we’ll give pretty much give anything a go to and we are not afraid to get our hands dirty! This includes me organising a team of 100+ colleagues to run in the BUPA Manchester 10k in aid of Support Adoption For Pets in May – I’ll keep you posted with how the training is going!

I’m the odd one out in this team as I actually don’t have any pets! This isn’t because I don’t want one, I’ve always wanted a dog but I live in a rented flat and it just wouldn’t be fair – this is a huge part of why I enjoy visiting rescue centres so much. Whilst I don’t have a pet I do have a boyfriend who goes out running with me as part of our training for the 10k so I’d say that’s pretty close! He’ll kill me for saying that…

For anyone who is looking to get a pet I would definitely recommend adopting from a rescue as there are so many fantastic pets that are looking for their forever home and just need to be given the chance. Having been to a small number of rescue centres I was amazed by the number of such beautiful and varied pets and breeds that just want someone to take them home and show them a little bit of love and attention. Taking on a new pet is a massive responsibility and every aspect of it should be thought through before bringing home your new family member but I would always pay a visit to your local rescue and rehoming centre as you never know who you’ll meet and fall in love with!

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