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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.

 

Meet the Team – Laura Messenger

Laura MessengerHi, my name is Laura and I’m the fundraiser for Support Adoption For Pets. I joined the team in January 2015; before that I spent a year working as a community fundraiser for a small animal rescue in Manchester.

At the moment I don’t have any pets; my partner and I would like to get a dog, but at the moment we’re just too busy! My family have always been cat owners and they’ve all been rescue pets. My sister was even a ‘failed fosterer’ – she cared for a mum cat and a litter of five kittens, and three ended up as permanent additions to the family!

My job is to organise all the different fundraising activities that Support Adoption For Pets does to bring in the money which we then give out to rescue centres. The first big activity of the year was our #MakesMeSmile fundraising drive and raffle. This year we sold over 400,000 raffle tickets which is an incredible amount! There aren’t many jobs which involve phoning a complete stranger to tell them they’ve won a brand new car – but mine does, and it’s brilliant!

For me the most important part of my job is seeing the effect that the donations have on local rescues. I know first-hand how hard rescues work for the animals in their care. The sad fact is that there are far too many homeless and abandoned animals out there, and not enough spaces in rescues. There are very few organisations that they can turn to for financial aid, so I’m thrilled to be working for the biggest grant giving organisation for animal rescues in the UK.

After our #MakesMeSmile campaign I sent out over 430 cheques to all sorts and sizes of rescues (writing out that many cheques is hard work!), and many responded to tell me how they would be spending the money. A lot of the donations went towards paying vet bills. Some rescues used the money to pay for repairs, or to buy equipment. One rescue used their donation to pay for a fire alarm system – it’s not something that first comes to mind when you think about rescues, but it’s essential for protecting the animals!

The job is very busy, very varied – and it wouldn’t be possible without our supporters. Every raffle ticket, lottery entry, sponsored event– or a good old-fashioned cash donation! – it all goes to such fantastic causes. It’s great to know that when I do finally adopt a dog, I’ll also be working ‘behind the scenes’ to help so many other animals find their forever home.

Paws up for ‘National Teddy Bear Day’

Support Adoption 004The history of the teddy bear dates as far back as the early 1900’s, and most of us at some point in our lives, have had our own, and loved it dearly. They become cherished members of the family and are often passed down between generations.

This September marks National Teddy Bear Day, something those soft, cuddly creatures truly deserve. On September 9th the teddy bear will be over 100 years old, with the first bear created way back in 1902 during U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s reign – who was also known as Teddy Roosevelt.

President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip  to Mississippi, but came across few wild animals. Hours into the trip the group tracked down and a helpless bear. The president was to shoot the bear to win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Since it’s birth in the 1900’s there have been hundreds of famous bears, including Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear and Fozzie Bear.

Now, the UK’s number one grant giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets, has given a new life to almighty cuddly toy, giving people the opportunity to adopt their very own charity bear, to help give homeless and abandoned pets a second chance at a happy life.

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Arthur in New York

The soft, traditional teddy bear is part of a continued mission of Support Adoption For Pets, to raise awareness of the thousands of animals who become homeless every year through no fault of their own, and work to find them a happy home for life. Coming complete with a certificate of adoption, and naming tag, this bear is an ideal gift for any animal lover.

The charity is also following one of their bears, named Arthur, as it travels around the world. Search #ArthursAdventure on Facebook and Twitter to see where he has been so far. To celebrate Arthur’s Adventures, I have teamed up with Support Adoption For Pets to send one of my lovely readers on a little adventure of their own – to the beautiful Lake District. Simply visit the In the Playroom Facebook page to enter our competition to win a a two night stay for two people!

The Support Adoption For Pets Charity Bear is available to buy from all Pets at Home Stores, or online at www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/products/charity-bear, RRP £11.99

 

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!

Meet the Team – Diane

Support Adoption For Pets Charity Administrator

Diane and Autumn

Hi, my name is Diane and I am a Charity Administrator for Support Adoption For Pets! I’m married to John (we have been married for 27 years!!!) and we have a son Harry, who is currently studying for his A Levels. We live in Cheshire with our lovely rescue dog Penny, two chickens (Margo and Jet) and my horse Tomos (a very beautiful, but sometimes very bolshy, 5 year old gelding!).

Pretty much all of my spare time is taken up down at the stables mucking out and riding regardless of weather conditions. When I am not doing that I am walking my dog, catching up with friends, painting or reading (yes I do have some sit down hobbies!)

Easily, the best thing about my job is helping the wonderful animal charities that we support. The most rewarding thing about this job is when we hear about the “happy ending” stories of animal rescue, or receive a lovely thank-you letter; it makes the job so worthwhile.

Penny, our adopted dog, came from Manchester Dog’s Home when she was a rather shy and skinny 8 month old puppy. It was love at first sight (for her and us) and we have had her for 13 years.

Then I have Tomos. After owning my first horse Autumn for 27 years (she lived until she was 39!), I decided to get another!  (The advice of ‘you-should-be-going-for-the-easy-life-at-your-age’ got the thumbs down vote!).

Finally, there is Margo & Jet! Definitely a light bulb moment (‘let’s get some chickens’) but seriously I’m hooked.

When asked what advice I would give to someone who is looking to adopt a pet, my first thoughts are; you must be fully committed to any animal you home. Make sure your new pet is suitable for your present and future lifestyle and you’re suitable for them. A pet should be for life and be part of your family. Give them love, care, and devotion and they will pay you back ten-fold. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

My other favourite animals are orangutans and penguins! However, we just don’t get a lot of requests into the charity to support rehomed penguins!

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!