Education, Welfare, Support
We may not change the world - but for the dogs that need us, together we can change their whole world forever.
Your support and donations allow us to offer free and low cost support to owners considering relinquishment, new adopters, fosterers, rescue volunteers and staff. Our goal is to maintain ethical, targeted advice and signposting that is accessible to absolutely everyone on the rescue path.
Continued residential rehabilitation and fostering for welfare dogs in desperate need is a big part of what we do too, but we can't continue this without your much-needed support. Monetary donations are not the only way to offer support, although these are deeply appreciated. Sharing and spreading the word about our work helps us to reach more of the people that may benefit from support, and those that can help us in providing it!
Outdoor exercise run Repairs & Refurb'
This is the single most important project that we are working on at the moment. The wind has destroyed our run roof this winter and we have been quoted £600 to replace the felt and batons. An upright requires repair, and the whole building needs repainting. Without a safe, dry enrichment area to allow poorly socialised dogs safe interaction time we are forced to use muzzles that cause tension and disguise facial signalling. Many of the dogs that need us most urgently are turned away because this space isn't available! Other than hitting 'Donate' you may have skills or materials that can help! Contact us if so, we would be overjoyed to hear from you!
We always need woodchip to keep dog areas mud free. This costs us £35 per cubic meter and we go through a LOT of it. We can buy this locally, but if we have any tree surgeons among our number any amount is greatly appreciated!
Specialist behaviour support means specialist diet and supplementation, training aids, treats and much more! Backpacks, welfare standard muzzles, collars and leads, headcollars, raw food, specialised diets and toys, chews and more are all costly, needed and deeply appreciated. Raw food is especially expensive as this cannot be donated to our partner rescue directly due to the requirement for refrigerated delivery. This is a huge expense that we cover personally because we strongly believe that for some damaged dogs, biologically appropriate food is essential for great hormonal balance and health during rehabilitation. Our approach is one of holistic intervention so we also use diet, calming nutritional supplementation for stressed dogs and pigs ears and antlers for anxious ones, we feed certain items to dogs that guard and others for those that bolt their food! Slow feeding bowls, kongs and treat dispensers are all utilised as part of the package. Our food and consumable bill varies depending on our residents -but on average, even with charity donated items, each dog costs us around £20 - £30 per week! The stooge dogs that assist in social learning and training have to eat too so our already huge bill balloons very quickly! Donations are always fantastic and allow us to give the best support.