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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!

Meet the Team – Justine

photo (24)Hello, my name is Justine and I work for Support Adoption For Pets as their Fundraising & Communications Coordinator. I live with Dom (some would say my “better half”), rescue dog Roxie, Monty (our newest edition) and six rescue rabbits! My passion has always been pets, talking and trips to Florida so it’s great that I am now able to combine two of these into my role – I’m still working on the third!

I’ve been with the charity since August 2012 and in that time the charity and my job has grown so much – sometimes I look back at a week and think “where did that go!?”

In addition to the role being phenomenally busy, there are very rarely two days the same! We go from record-breaking fundraising events, to grant awarding meetings, food donations and rehoming centre promoting and back again in one day and once that’s done it’s normally time to start the next!

Working with pet rescues to promote the amazing work that they do is an absolute pleasure and it’s lovely to hear that the support that we have offered has been, quite literally, a life saver!

With all the positives the job entails, comes the odd “character builders” – I don’t see them as negatives – and I have to say that, you do have to steal your heart occasionally.

In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be a need for rehoming centres and my role wouldn’t exist however we aren’t there yet so there are always going to be those occasions when the job is heartbreaking and I have definitely taken a couple of those to heart. Follow my “mate” Max on Twitter for one or Heidi’s story below for another! But for every sad story we come across there are several happy ending stories to shout about too! So I can deal with that!

As I mentioned above (I told you I liked to talk!), I have my own little sanctuary at home! Roxie came from the RSPCA as did Norman my eldest rabbit who is 7+ years, next came Seve, Bubba, Sergio, Ernie and Peaches – all rescues and finally our newest edition Monty. I couldn’t choose between dogs or rabbits for my favourite but I do whole-heartedly believe in the Josh Billings quote “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself”. I love getting home and being greeted like I’ve been away for years!

I wouldn’t be anywhere without my furry adopted family so when asked for my advice on pets, I would always advocate pet adoption! Some may scoff but I do believe that an adopted pet knows that you have given it that second chance at happiness! Regardless of whether a person chooses to adopt or not, I would always plead with them to think before they commit – pets don’t understand that you are too busy or that money is a little tight this month. They just want to be loved, kept safe and fed and for many, many years to come too!

If you would like to find out more about Support Adoption For Pets visit: http://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk

It’s a Wrap! – Day 2

Rabbit in Support Adoption For Pets adoption centre

Gary the Lionhead Lop looking for a forever home

Whilst our aim for the brand new DVD was to show where the money we have raised and donated has gone and the good it has done, we also felt it was important to recognise those friends that fundraise for us, allowing us to make such generous and much needed donations in the first place, so our second and final day of filming took us to a local Pets at Home store in Manchester.

For those of you out there that don’t know our history, back in 2006 Pets at Home established us, Support Adoption For Pets, and even though we are an independent registered charity in our own right, Pets at Home continue to support us every year! Not only do they fundraise for us and allow us to hold three major fundraising events ever year in their stores but they also look after the pets that we have in our adoption centres in stores too.

Support Adoption For Pets Charity Team

Support Adoption For Pets Charity Champions

For this reason we thought that the best people to talk about the importance of fundraising and our adoption centres, were our Charity Champions – surprisingly they took to life in front of the camera like the proverbial duck to water – and each came with their own stories about pets that they have been able to rehome or rehoming centres that they have been able to support!

We did threaten to keep the bloopers from all the stumbled words or the forgotten lines but we found that because the team was so passionate about the charity and the support that we have given, the presentation to camera was natural and there were no bloopers to talk about – even the pets and children nailed it in one take! And you know what they say about working with that group! As the day drew to a close we felt comfortable that we had managed to get enough content over the past two days to film the promotional film many times over and we are so pleased with our finished product and we hope you do too!

You can view our finished film by clicking here

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!