Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The 30 most deserving dog charities in Britain

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One of our wonderful readers has just contacted us for some help. She is looking to identify 30 of the most deserving dog-related charities as she has an elderly friend intending to leave approx £25k to each.
Her friend is keen to identify charities that are not going to use the money for PR or admin, she wants the money to make a real difference to dogs.
Quite a challenge!
We can think of quite a few, but 30 is a fabulous number.
Who would you recommend? What a great idea - making such a difference to so many.
I think the quest could make a great article.
Please let us know the charities you are familiar with for whom a £25k legacy could make a huge difference.

There has been a huge response and if we're not careful some of the tiniest charities may get lost as they don't have the numbers of supporters to campaign for them. Can I ask if your charity or point is already covered in comments please don't post again, we're not looking necessarily for the most popular charities - just trying to identify the ones who will make the best use of the dosh to help dogs.
The lady has confirmed that only registered charities would be eligible.
"The only criteria is that the recipients must use the money solely on the dogs,and that they are registered charities. I know that this is going to leave a lot of causes in the cold, but how else can I make sure that the money is used properly?"

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Julia Torode said...

We got our wonderful gentle beagle who was an ex-breeder from a puppy farm from ManyTears Rescue Centre. They do fab work saving dogs that would otherwise be killed at the end of their natural breeding life. Many farmers rely on them to remove dogs that they would have to shoot, and then they find good foster homes where they are socialised and taught about houses, streets, stairs, parks, noises etc etc. Please consider them for part of your wonderful generous grant.

Julia Torode said...

We got our wonderful gentle beagle who was an ex-breeder from a puppy farm from ManyTears Rescue Centre. They do fab work saving dogs that would otherwise be killed at the end of their natural breeding life. Many farmers rely on them to remove dogs that they would have to shoot, and then they find good foster homes where they are socialised and taught about houses, streets, stairs, parks, noises etc etc. Please consider them for part of your wonderful generous grant.

Anonymous said...

Ditto Many Tears - and also Tailwaggers of course!

Claire

Anonymous said...

Wiccaweys do wonderful work with Border and Working Collies, many have really bad problems when they go there but are soon sorted out using positive methods.

Wiccaways is run by a husband and wife with the help of a lot of volunteers, all the money they get goes to help these dogs.

They are also very willing to help owners with any problems they have with their dogs,they don't have to be a dog from them, a dog in need no matter where it came from gets the help needed.

I can't speak highly enough about this rescue.

Anonymous said...

I was going to say Many Tears also, a wonderful and devoted rescue.

Louise

Wiggle said...

Labrador Rescue South East & Central (lrsec.org.uk). They've spent thousands on dogs like me who needed special care and treatment. I was neglected for 4 years after I developed a skin condition but since they took me in, I've received the veterinary care I needed. I'm just one of many Labrador's who've been looked after by the lovely volunteers at LRSE&C during their 11 years! A donation such as this legacy would enable LRSE&C to help even more dogs.

Sarah said...

I would like to very very strongly recommend the Oldies Club for this. Hundreds, maybe thousands of older dogs are destroyed every year because they are less likely to find homes. The Oldies Club is dedicated to helping older dogs (and other animals) and giving them a second chance. The work they do really is invaluable. They are also one of the most genuine and down to earth rescues I know, run entirely by volunteers so I'm certain every last penny would be put to excellent use.

olivea said...

I do voluntary work for Oldies and cannot recommend them highly enough. All of the money is spent on vet bills for dogs who are fostered. One dog who benefitted was Holly, a 13yr old crossbreed whose owner had sadly died. Holly was placed with a foster carer but needed lots of medical attention and unfortunately had to be pts recently. The good thing is that rather than spend her last months in kennels she was with a loving Oldies foster family who took great care of her, until the end. Please please help Oldies.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt in my mind that Tailends are worthy of considering for this award. They don't only take older dogs, often the cast-offs of the very lucrative (for the owners) yet often callous greyhound industry. They also care for broken ones that many rescues will not touch because of the cost implications of treatment and the intensity of time that is needed to provide the therapies that they need.

They're not breed specific and they don't get any re-homing fees, because they just take them in and provide them with the love that so many of them have never had.

I can't imagine how much good they could do with that amount of money and how much weight it would take off their shoulders.

Anonymous said...

I would like to endorse the case for Wiccaweys. They find the right home for so many collies (and abc - anything but collies, too). So many of these dogs have had a very bad start in life, but Wiccaweys takes time and effort to understand each dog's particular problems. I have a collie which wasn't lucky enough to go through Wiccaweys, but they have still given me invaluable help and support and the change in my dog is wonderful to see. And there's just two of them - how they manage I don't know. Please consider them as one of the beneficiaries of this grant - the money would help so many dogs. Amanda

Cathryn Westwood said...

I would like to nominate Hope Rescue www.hoperescue.org.uk. they are a co-ordinating rescue doing invaluable work with stray dogs. They remove the dogs from 'put to sleep' situations and secure them a safe haven in a reputable rehoming rescue, or place them in foster care and rehome them themselves. They rely completely on donations and the hard work of their volunteers. There are no paid staff. Hundreds of dogs are saved by Hope every year and transport runs (which can be across the whole of Great Britain) are painstakingly organised to ensure their safety. I think Hope Rescue more than adequately meets the criteria of this extraordinary person.

Rob Bullen said...

I'd also like to nominate Hope Rescue (www.hoperescue.org.uk), not only do they home dogs direct but they also move dogs to other rescues who can home them.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to put forward Wiccaweys. Some of the dogs they take in would be PTS at many other places, but Sarah and Paul find time for each and every one of them.
Many of the dogs have emotional problems, which take a long time to put right, but the time is spent to help the dogs, for as long as it takes.
I have been doing walking for them at a weekend just recently, and they are always ready to welcome you, and talk out any worries that you may have about your own dogs.
Please consider wiccaweys when you are putting together your list.
Sharon

Aimee Golding said...

I would like to nominate Hope Rescue (www.hoperescue.org.uk). I rehomed a terrier nearly 5 weeks ago from them and everyone involved was FANTASTIC. From Nicky the wonderful homechecker to Helen who had fostered Seamus until we took him home. The work they do is heartwarming and many dogs live happy lives thanks to EVERYONE involved. I think they would be very worthy to receive this wonderful gift so please consider them.
Aimee.

Pat Pickett said...

Another Wiccaweys fan here! Sarah and Paul do an excellent job, rescuing and rehabilitating mainly collies but some others. Some have been badly abused and have various problems but are gently and lovingly cared for until their faith in humans is restored. They are then carefully matched to a new owner. Money is always tight and they could really do with a bit extra to fall back on when the huge vet and food bills come in. Please consider them it would mean so much.
Pat Pickett

Allen and Endal said...

Dog Theft Action is an organisation that would greatly benefit from this sort of gift

Allen and Endal said...

Labrador Rescue South East and Central is another deserving charity
http://www.loveyourlabrador.co.uk/

Alicia said...

I'd like to nominate Greyhound Gap http://www.greyhoundgap.org.uk/

Who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home mainly greyhounds and lurchers (but they have been known to venture into other animals.
They rescue mainly the sight-hounds that end up in pounds, so they are often dogs with no known history, which is why most of their dogs are homed from foster situations, which helps give a reasonable assessment of the dog and its personality.

They also frequently face very large vet bills due to the state that some of these dogs arrive in.
Rehabilitation is also a major part of their philosophy as some of these dogs are so tramuatised that they can spend a long time in kennels before they can even go into a foster home, they have a small band of dedicated people who work very hard helping these dogs.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to nominate Wiccaweys Border Collie Rescue. This is a rescue that takes in dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep. They have taken young, old, sick, 3 legged; anything that resembles a dog they will take and help. They're a wonderful rescue who could do with the grant as all their money goes on neutering/spaying/vets. They are brilliant to watch with the dogs and it's only Sarah & Paul that run it. they have a great network of volunteers too. They are one of the best rescues I've ever had the pleasure to work with! Eila

Claire F said...

The person who intends to help these dogs in rescue with such a gift is amazing, thank you to them.

I would like to nominate Hope Rescue (www.hoperescue.org)based in Wales but also helping dogs wherever they can. I have known Hope for several years now and have great respect for them. They have helped so many dogs in genuinely vulnerable situations. They have helped the staffies and harder to home dogs consistently. They have a cracking team of volunteers, a dedicated founder and super dogs looking for homes. Hope have a comprehensive approach to try and educate people and improve the lives of our canine friends, though they have been known to step in for other animals too. They have very recently achieved charitable status, a testament to the hard work of all the volunteers.

Leanne said...

HULA Animal Rescue are my most deserved rescue choice. They have been running on the same site for 30years and not much has changed with the buildings since then, they have been donated kennels with runs and other things to improve the time for a dog's stay, but have no funds in order for them to knock down the existing buildings enabling them to put up these great new kennels and runs.
The animals[of all kinds, Small Animals, Cats, Dogs and the farm animals] get the upmost care they can and they are a sanctuary to a number of farm animals including plenty of sheep, ponies, chickens, goats and a donkey.
They have a non-destruct animal and really do pull out all the stops to give the animals in their care the best care, treatment and life they can get whilst with them - and continued support once homed too.

I can't back them up anymore than I already do, they do an absolute wonderful job with every animal they come across.

Dawn Stickler said...

I would like to nominate greyhoundgap.com. They do wonderful work with Greyhounds and Lurchers giving them a chance of a loving family life. We fostered for them briefly, I say briefly because they matched us up with the most wonderful Lurcher who we couldn't bear to part with and he is now a permanent member of the family. Although Gap has been set up to help Greyhounds and Lurchers, they have helped other breeds as well as helping to rescue a variety of other animals

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate 3 Rescues
RSPCA LIVERPOOL BRANCH
MANY TEARS RESCUE
PHOENIX DOG RESCUE WIDNES

These are my reasons why...

RSPCA Liverpool Branch - I think many people beleive all RSPCA Centres receive funding and share it through to each branch HOWEVER this is not the case, each Branch has to fundraise for itself all are deserving however Liverpool is a little unusual as it not only does ordinary RSPCA work it also takes in strays from the Dog Warden. As you can imagine Liverpool is a Large and in some areas deprived area, causing a huge amount of dogs to come into their care daily. I was recently told that they are currently having to euthenise a 3rd of all the dogs that come in (around 30+ a week) due to lack of space and behaviour issues that they just cant afford to spend the time and money to rehabilitate. Maybe this money could help???

Many Tears Rescue - Because they take in MANY poor poor dogs that have come from EVIL Puppy Farmers and Breeders that without Many Tears would be drowned or worse. Many of these dogs have never known Love or Home life and are terrified of all the new experiences but because of Many Tears they have the chance to have a new life. Take a look at their website and it will bring you to tears when you see the effect that being used for breeding over and over again has had physically and emotionally.

Phoenix Dog Rescue Widnes
This is my local small rescue, run by a small number of HARD WORKING experienced volunteers. They usually only have around 3 dogs for rehoming at a time purely due to lack of funds and only a small number of volunteers. The way they see it, if they can help 3 dogs thats better than nothing. I would love for them to receive a large donation so they could help many more dogs. They do their best, with a small van that is rather tempremental, you cant put the heater on or the van shuts down!!
Please please help this little rescue, this money would make a MASSIVE difference to them!

Barbara said...

I would like nominate The Oldies Club. They save the life of hundreds of older dogs that loose thier home through no fault of thier own. They live in foster homes until a permanate home is found. They all get any medical help they need and are given a chance of a second chance. The club deserves all the help it can get.
Barbara

Catherine Morton said...

I would like to suggest Rochdale Dog Rescue. They do a fantastic job taking dogs from the pound and finding rescue places for them. My local greyhound rescue group has taken a lot of greyhounds and lurchers from them, as well as quite a few mixed breeds.I hope you will consider them. The website is http://www.rochdale-dog-rescue.com/index.html
Thank you.
PS Not sure if they are a registered charity or not.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention OLDIES CLUB who help to rehome the ones who sadly dont get a look in because of their age. Giving these dogs a place to go for their final few years/months/weeks or days rather than being stuck in kennels for their final days.

Anonymous said...

Please consider Wiccaweys. Only run by 2 people, take in numerous dogs, turn them around and re-home them, only to the perfect homes assessed for them. They rely soley on volunteers and donations to keep running. They take hundreds of phone calls, help people with dogs that have behavioural problems and only ask for a small donation, that's if they get one at all. They really do have the dogs best interest at heart and do a wonderful job. The difference this money would make to them would be wonderful, so many more dogs could be saved.

Jenny Legay-Mckinley said...

Hall Green Retired Greuhound Trust is a charity very close to my heart. As well as adopting two Greyhounds from them, we have also fostered for them and helped out at fundraising events. With 200 Greyhounds rehomed last year and looking set to do at least the same again this year, this charity certainly does it's bit for retired Greyhounds and is a very deserving charity.

Alison said...

I'd like to nominate Hope Rescue too. The work they do saving the pound dogs is invaluable. The really deserve to be on the list.

Ali

Jules Haworth said...

Another vote for Oldies Club from me too. They really do a fantastic job of giving older dogs a second chance in life. All their dogs are cared for in foster homes and have a thorough vet check and MOT before going off to their new homes. They really are a fantastic organisation.

Louise Mallett said...

I would like to nominate greyhound gap www.greyhoundgap.com - they do a fantastic job of rescuing the true 'death row' hounds. Not only that but they (a) make sure the dogs are number one priority from the minute they come into greyhound gap care (b) put all the dogs into foster care as soon as possible to help the dogs and fully assess them as to personality traits and most importantly (c) match the dogs and potential new owners really really carefully so they have the best chance of a great new life. They are supported by loads of volunteers BUT have huge medical bills to cover due to the state of some of the hounds. I couldn't think of a more deserving cause for a brilliant and very generous amount of money!

louise said...

I would like to nominate HWAR www.hwanimalrescue.org

HWAR which is dedicated to re-homing stray, abandoned and un-wanted dogs nationwide.
HWAR was born off the back of a search for a new best friend. Carol lost her old dog Ben and during her search for a rescue dog she witnessed what went on it the pounds up and down Britain and could not walk away without doing everything in her power to help them, so HWAR was set up.
At first Carol spent many long hours with the local dog warden in kennels assessing dogs in the hope of finding them new homes before they were euthanised. Friends became foster homes and local advertising bought forward volunteers, all who lead busy lives yet still give up their time to help the dogs in our care.
Now with the support of Herefordshire Council ALL strays in the immediate area get a second chance, staying in our care until a home can be found. If a dog is too old/ill to be re-homed they are placed in lifetime foster care where they can spend the remainder of their days living in security and comfort. Our rescue is entirely self funded and relies solely on donations and fundraising
Louise - events orgniser

Liza F said...

I agree that Greyhound Gap, Many tears, Oldies club and Tailends all do fantastic work that makes a real difference to the dogs they help.
Greyhound Gap sticks out the most for me. 1)Because they are involved with dogs that are in real danger. 2)Because their rehabilitation, fostering and backup process means the dogs involved are more likely to stay in their new home for life.

louise said...

I would like to nominate HWAR
www.hwanimalrescue.org

HWAR which is dedicated to re-homing stray, abandoned and un-wanted dogs nationwide.
HWAR was born off the back of a search for a new best friend. Carol lost her old dog Ben and during her search for a rescue dog she witnessed what went on it the pounds up and down Britain and could not walk away without doing everything in her power to help them, so HWAR was set up.
At first Carol spent many long hours with the local dog warden in kennels assessing dogs in the hope of finding them new homes before they were euthanised. Friends became foster homes and local advertising bought forward volunteers, all who lead busy lives yet still give up their time to help the dogs in our care.
Now with the support of Herefordshire Council ALL strays in the immediate area get a second chance, staying in our care until a home can be found. If a dog is too old/ill to be re-homed they are placed in lifetime foster care where they can spend the remainder of their days living in security and comfort. Our rescue is entirely self funded and relies solely on donations and fundraising

Louise - Events co ordinator

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate Greyhound Gap also. Run entirely by volunteers, Gap save hundreds of abandonned greyhounds and lurchers that would otherwise die. I have fostered for Greyhound Gap and found their team to be very professional and supportive. My parents are also the proud owners of two Greyhound Gap hounds. The first was left in a dog pound and her time was up. Gap raced there to collect her before closing time and whisked her to safety where she was neutered, chipped etc and later homed to my parents. The second was an Irish racing greyhound who had been found stray with terrible wounds to her front legs and to her ears where her racing tattoos had been burnt out to avoid identification. She had been very traumatised. Gap gave her the time she needed to recover both mentally and physically, adjust to living in a house and overcome her fears before being homed. I think they do an amazing job and can't recommend them highly enough.

Anonymous said...

Greyhound Gap are a very hard working registered charity. They specialise in the rescue and rehabilitation of death row greyhounds and lurchers.
Nobody within the charity receives a wage and all work hard to raise funding to cover the huge veterinary and kenneling bills they face each month.
Once vaccinated, microchipped and neutered there dogs are placed into foster homes for assessment. They have to work hard each year to bring in enough funds and it can be seen on their accounts that the bulk goes onto veterinary care and and kennel bills when foster homes are full to stop dogs in danger being euthanised.

Anonymous said...

Please, consider Wiccaweys in this donation. This small rescue is run by two dedicated people and many great volunteers on a shoestring. They do so much with so little to support and re-home border collies and working sheepdogs. It's not just the commitment to the hundreds of homeless, sick, traumatized and old dogs they help every year but the 8,000 of dogs they help every year by offering advice and guidance to the owners of collies with problem behaviours. They are experts in their field and never compromise on a dog's welfare This rescue inspires me every time I read their webpage. There is no doubt that any sum donated will be used to benefit the dogs they help.

trish said...

I'd like to nominate Greyhound Gap
I volunteer for them driving the rescue van travelling around the country to collect poor hounds who have had the most terrible start in their lives. Gap work really hard to give these hounds a chance of happiness in their forever homes which I must say are vetted to a very high standard. I adopted a lurcher from them and currently have 4 foster dogs too. I believe passionately in what they do and the hard work that goes into fundraising.

Eimear said...

I'd like to suggest Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Not only does this charity help people by providing assistance dogs (and the change to the recipients lives is enormous, giving confidence, peace of mind and practical help every day) but it also helps dogs. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People rescue dogs from as far afield as Ireland and much closer to home, and then train them up to become Hearing Dogs.
I'm sure if it was stipulated in the legacy that the money was to go towards caring for and training the dogs that this would be done.
Please consider them.

Jenny Cole said...

I would like to nominate Home Counties Boxer Welfare www.hcbw.org.uk a charity run by volunteers, who help hundreds of homeless boxers every year, and rely purely on donations and fundraising. Also Hope Rescue www.hoperescue.org.uk again run by volunteers, and helping the stray dogs find rescue spaces and homes throughout the uk, they are a new charity relying on donations and fundraising. And last but not least Teckels Animal Sanctuaries www.teckels.org they are my local all breed rescue helping dogs and cats find new homes, their vet fees alone are over £50k a year, so need all the help they can get. Thank you :)

Moomin said...

I'd like to nominate Friends Of The Animals R.C.T (Wales).
They do an amazing job of rescuing little and large dogs. It was set up by a lovely lady called Eileen. She- with the help of a small team of volunteers-co-ordinate and carry out the rescue of many dogs every single day of the year. The dogs are moved into foster homes as soon as they come into the care of Friends Of The Animals.
Friends Of The Animals use a small team of volunteer foster carers throughout the whole of England and Wales, rehabilitating,socialising and nursing abandoned and abused dogs before being re-homed to ensure they are ready for their new start. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have my beautiful collie. If it wasn't for them he would have been shot on a farm and he wouldn't be here with me now licking my feet and making me laugh.
Every dog that goes into their care is ensured safety,love and protection for the rest of his/her days.
It's because of the dogs and all their little tails that F.O.T.A have helped wag again, that I would like to recommend them.

http://www.friendsoftheanimalsrct.org.uk/

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Jen said...

I would like to nominate Greyhound Gap who rescue and rehabilitate Greyhounds and Lurchers from death row situations (although they have been known to rescue other breeds as well). These are the dogs who apparently have no hope, Greyhound Gap gives them a second chance.

It is run purely by volunteers and costs are at a minumum.
I foster for them and wouldn't want to foster for any other charity. The backup is tremendous and their passion for the dogs is emmense.

Anonymous said...

Teckels Animal Sanctuary,Glos take in dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and in poor condition, bring them back to full health and confidence and then find the most perfect life time homes,no dogs are PTS, and no dog is considered unworthy of their help. They are a registered charity and their vets bills alone run to thousands every month, they have a small, but dedicated team of helpers and wil go to any lenghts to give a dog a chance of life.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate Greyhounds for you. They do a fabulous job with no funding homing retired greyhounds. It is G4U's 10th anniversary this year and it would be wonderful if they could get some recognition for the work they do. Please consider them.

http://www.greyhounds4u.co.uk/

Carol Bullock said...

I would like to nominate Greyhound Gap they are an independent rescue not affiliated in anyway with the racing and get no funds from greyhound racing. They specialise in rescuing death row dogs such as my beloved Tinker who was saved by this marvellous organisation of volunteers who help out not only greyhounds and lurchers.

One thing I would like to point out is that Gap has a national network of volunteers up and down the country transporting dogs (not just greys and lurchers) saving their lives on a day to day basis.

Greyhound gap do not spend anything on PR and virtually nil on admin with no paid staff and I happily give my own monies knowing that it goes directly to saving dogs lives.

They are also very willing to help owners with any problems they have with their dogs,they don't have to be a dog from them, a dog in need no matter where it came from gets the help needed.

They deal with the "hard end" of rescuing and are the ones who will take on the abused , hard to place dogs that many other rescues would give up on as too expensive to treat or dogs who need intensive rehabilitation to get over their past abuse.

Greyhound gap has a dedicated band of fosterers who teach these dogs who may have spent their entire lives such as my girl, as nothing more than a commodity to become well socialised and most importantly happy loving pets.

Anonymous said...

Tailends...This compassionate &
hard working charity most definitely deserves a lucky break.
financial help from this generous
grant would enable them to assist far more sick and/or elderly dogs
to receive love, care,security and any treatment necessary for the first time in their lives.

Moyra W said...

Hope Rescue South Wales Charity Registration number 1129629 is my chosen charity - a small band of volunteers save the lives of so many pound dogs in South Wales by finding them rescue spaces with recues that have a non destruct policy. An extra special effort is made to ensure that hard to place breeds such as staffies find their forever homes. £25000 would mean so much to them.

Nessie said...

I would like to say Many Tears as well and also The Yorkshire Terrier & Toy Breed Rescue who do a wonderful job too x x

Anonymous said...

Could I please nominate Greyhound Gap, we are a small private rescue rehoming greyhounds and lurchers (as well as the occasional other animal and also helping to find rescue places for other breeds). Most of our hounds come from 7 day pounds. We are all volunteers so every penny raised goes towards the hounds and their welfare. Our dogs start off in kennels where they are assessed, vaccinated and given any veterinary care they require before going on to an appropriate foster home for a minimum of 2 weeks assessment before being put up for rehoming. All potential adopters are homechecked prior to rehoming, we do our utmost to match the right hound to the right home.

Anonymous said...

I would have to reccommend the Friends of Akitas, Many Tears, The oldies club, Greyhound gap, GSD lifeline, Rottweiler welfare, Northern Rose Boxer Rescue, SHAK, Japanese Akita Welfare Trust.
These are the ones i can think of off the top of my head, given enough time i could probably name 30

Anonymous said...

Many Tears

Anonymous said...

The Oldies Club is fabulous and is a charity that doesn't just work for themself, they actively help other rescues who have old dogs looking for homes as well as the dear old dogs they have in foster care. Vets bills are considerably more for the oldies but no dog is turned away because of health issues.

Alexandra McHugh said...

I foster for Northern Rose Boxer Rescue which is a small rescue run by a couple in Rochdale. It relies entirely on donations from the public and the hard work of fosterers and admin who work on an entirely voluntary basis.
They take dogs out of put to sleep situations and out of homes where they are at risk to give the the care and love they deserve. All the dogs are assessed fully and brought back to full health in a foser home and the best care is taken to ensure they are placed in forever homes where they will thrive.
Dogs in all conditions are taken in and given the veterinary care they need regardless of cost. A grant like this would be of huge benefit in helping the continuation of life saving work.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to suggest Northern Rose Boxer Rescue who with all the great volunteers rescue not only boxers but will take any deserving dog if they posibly can.
Providing foster homes so proper assessments can be made to ensure they are matched to the right forever family.

Andrea H. said...

I would like to nominate Hope Rescue based in Wales www.hoperescue.org.uk who work tirelessly to help dogs in emergency and put to sleep situations, they have an amazing group of volunteers who put so much time and effort to helping these dogs. A truly deserving organisation.

Raiye said...

I would like to nominate LurcherLink (lurcherlink.org). Run by one woman with the dogs at her heart. She also runs Lurcher Search UK (lurcherlink.org/lsuk), a site dedicated to finding and reuniting lost and/or stolen lurchers.
A non profit rescue, rehoming lurchers across the UK. Such a generous gift would mean so much and help save so many more. Also a great community of volunteers and good friends, a good source for help and advice. A little rescue that does so much.

Anonymous said...

I would like to mention Lizzie's Barn in Trimsaran. Fionna does a wonderful job with all the dogs, and especially with the ones which cannot be placed in homes, they have a permanent place at Lizzie's Barn where they are well cared for and socialised. Oh to be a dog at Lizzie's Barn. Fionna works tirelessly to make sure that all dogs who find themselves either in need of a new home or are left at the pound get the best care and attention and the best forever new homes she can possibly find for them.

Kim Foster said...

I would like to nominate
GREYHOUNDS4U.
They are a NON FUNDED rescue and rehoming organisation run solely by volunteers, who are passionate about rehoming Greyhounds into their forever homes.
Volunteers give their time and frequently their own money to help ex-racing Greyhounds.

Andrea Herbert said...

I would like to nominate Hope rescue www.hoperescue.org.uk.
They help so many dogs in desperate situations to find safe havens and try especially hard for the much maligned staffies and bull breeds. They have an amazing, dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to help as many dogs as possible.

Anonymous said...

I would like to strongly recommend Greyhounds4u (www.greyhounds4u.co.uk)

It is a voluntary run organisation where the work and dedication to helping Greyhounds in need is exceptional. There is a great support network which is growing stonger week by week. They have very little money but are always looking for ways to fundraise and raise awareness of what great pets Greyhounds make. They always make sure the welfare of the dogs comes first and have a great support network where they are always on hand for help and advice. I have now rehomed two greyhounds from G4U and hope to rehome another very soon. They really are a brilliant group of people.

Anonymous said...

Greyhounds 4 U would get my vote. A totally dedicated bunch of volunteers who are tireless in their work to rehome retired/injured racing greyhounds. They are always ready to spring into action if a dog is in need - their organisation is awe-inspiring. Always fundraising, and vociferous in their attempts to help this delightful breed. The volunteers largely use their own funds to homecheck, transport and fundraise to find loving, suitable, forever homes for hounds who might otherwise be destroyed. They also provide advice and help to owners or prospective owners of greyhounds by phone or by e-mail. A fantastic organisation who could do so much more with more money.

Anonymous said...

We have rescued 2 beautiful greyhounds from G4U. Its a bit like the 'Blind Date' of the dog world. G4U is run by a lady called Debbie and she matches the right dog to your own circumstances. We gave her quite a challenge. We needed a dog who would get on well with other dogs and we also had a 3 month old baby. Debbie found us the perfect dog - Phoebe. G4U does such wonderful work and need some financial assistance so they can continue to help this breed find loving homes once their racing days are over.
We have now adopted another greyhound from G4U and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Alicia said...

I would loke to nominate Rochdale Dog Rescue (www.rochdale-dog-rescue.com) This is a rescue run completely by volunteers. They work tirelessly everyday to save dogs from death row, which were picked up as strays and would otherwise be put to sleep after 7 days. They receive no funding and rely on donations so that they can keep these dogs safe, get them vet treatment etc

ali said...

I'd like to nominate Staffie Rescue at www.staffierescue.co.uk for highlighting the plight of these lovely dogs and saving many from death row.
Also Greyhound gap do a great job for greyhounds.
Oldies Club is invaluable for all those older dogs.
Furry Friends Animal Rescue is a small rescue but rehomes some very difficult cases: recently several blind dogs from Ireland, deemed unhomeable, one who had been attacked. Love and care is offered, whether a home is found or not, for life.

Anonymous said...

i would firstly like to thank the person donating this money to such worthy causes.

i would like to nominate Northern Rose Boxer Rescue (NRBR) based in heywood lancashire.
without this self funding rescue and the volunteers who help out on a regular basis i dread to think what would happen to the many dogs that they take into their care.
not only does this rescue help boxers but they do their utmost to help any breed in danger of being pts after it has served its time in the pound.
please visit www.nrboxerrescue.co.uk for more information.

Moomin said...

I would also like to nominate Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue (H.W.A.R). Carol works so hard and has a wonderful team of volunteers. They work so carefully ensuring the dogs in their care are nursed back to physical and mental health. I went to the kennels recently and was over whelmed by the people there, spending their Sunday playing, walking and looking after the dogs. Even in the pouring rain a lovely lady called Kate was there doing mile round trips walking each dog to ensure they had something lovely to do ,each dog spending one to one time with a carer to help them rebuild the trust they had lost in previous times before hwar. While she was doing that another carer was hand feeding each of the dogs treats while they awaited their turn for a walk. I think they are a fantastic rescue along with the other that I nominated.

jacqui said...

Id like to nominate greyhound gap, tailends, greyhound compasion and the oldies club.
I would also like to thank the benefactor for such a lovley show of compassion and kindness!

vicky said...

Vicky Beedham
I'd like to nominate Greyhound Gap. They work tirelessly to save Greyhounds and Lurchers who would otherwise be euthanased.
These dogs are frequently in very bad physical and mental condition but with the expert loving care and treatment they receive go on to make wonderful pets and bring such happiness to the people lucky enough to adopt one.
They also coordinate transport runs to get dogs to safety and find rescue places when they are full and help other rescues in this way too and give advice to owners who have difficulties with their dogs often preventing then having to be rehomed.
It is all run by volunteers and as with all such organisations fund raising is a massive job and a donation of this sort would make a massive difference and allow more dogs to be helped.

I'd also like to nominate Rotherham dog Rescue who are a mixed breed rescue who often take dogs from the local pound who would otherwise be PTS as well as pets whose owners are unable to keep them any longer. They aim to find every dog a forever home, sometimes a foster home when the kennels they rent are full or the dogs aren't coping with kennel life.
They have also launched an appeal to build their own kennels where these unfortunate dogs can be housed in good quality kennels and be fully assessed and rehabilitated before adoption. A donation of this size would make a massive difference to a lot more dogs.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate Lurcher Link, Kaye who runs the rescue does an amazing job on her own. The dogs are often badly ill treated and undernourished and some with nasty injuries. Lurcher link help these dogs on the road to recovery and find them wonderful homes.

pauline said...

Friends of the Animals RCT in S Wales


Friends of the Animals
Help as many dogs as possible and they ensure all dogs are neutered, vaccinated wormed and flea treated prior to finding a suitable, vetted home.
All dogs receive any veterinary attention they need as advised by a veterinary surgeon.
No ex breeding dog is ever turned away regardless of breed or issues.
No dog is turned away due to age or health issues.
Elderly dogs and those with life time health issues are placed in long term foster homes where the rescue meets their veterinary costs for the life of the dog.


http://www.friendsoftheanimalsrct.org.uk/

jandsreynolds said...

My vote is for Rescue Remedies! They are a small, friendly rescue run by dedicated volunteers. They offer their support/'back-up for life' to all the dogs they home. They also have a spay/neuter policy and they do not discriminate against age or breed - if there is room at the inn the next in queue comes in regardless! Every penny raised is spent on their dogs - nothing is spent on overheads - 100%. They use foster homes and kennels where necessary. They also have a 'live' forum which is updated daily and shows the work they are doing on a daily basis behind the scenes. If they were chosen it would be the stuff that dreams are made of - as a rescue they would like to have some kennels of their own or a piece of land to build on. May be one day.

Anonymous said...

i would like to nominate Greyhound Gap, the work they do in helping save greyhounds and lurchers who face a certain death is a passion which can be seen within all of the people involved with this wonderful organisation, all the hardwork in fundraising and helping out in any way is done with a glad heart, not only do gap save sighthounds but they will nver turn there back on any animal in need. Alot of work happens that isnt your everyday type of rescue for eg a runaway sheep, tortois ferrtes you name it gap have stepped in this is a rescue with a very big heart.

Anonymous said...

Another vote for Wiccaweys here. We have 6 wiccs dogs, several from very difficult beginnings who may well have been pts elsewhere. Quite aside from the work they do taking in and rehabilitating dogs, they put hours and hours of time into talking to people, helping them to understand their dogs and avoid them ending up in rescue. They work SO hard with the dogs it doesn't leave them much time for fundraising and they are constantly living paw to mouth. They don't even have a permanent, assured premises. This money could be a deposit on a proper home for Wiccaweys which would mean so much to them and the dogs they help. You'd be hard pushed to find a more dedicated and genuine cause than Wiccaweys.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Greyhounds4U.

I adopted my first retired Greyhound from them nearly 3 years ago, and the support network is tremendous. The knowledge and experience amongst the team is not to be found elsewhere. I have since adopted another greyhound. And along the way have become a member of the hardworking team that makes G4U the fantastic organisation that it is.

Many greyhounds have found their forever homes because of G4U. And the way the whole of G4U (team members and those that have adopted) pull together to get hounds out of a serious situation is amazing.

All this with no funding.

Just think what could be done with a little extra cash.

Anonymous said...

I would like to recommend Irish Retriever Rescue.

This is a not for profit rescue, run by volunteers, who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome retrievers and their crossbreeds in the UK and also in Ireland.

The dogs are cared for in foster homes before being rehomed, and given all the medical treatment needed, regardless of the cost.Some of these dogs are from puppy farms and have had a terrible life before coming into rescue.

Care is taken to find the most suitable home for all the dogs and lifelong support and help is given.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Greyhounds 4 U.
This organisation works hard to protect, promote and rehome greyhounds. Using good knowledge of the dogs, they are able to match the needs of potential owners with the needs of their dogs.
G4U are staffed entirely by volunteers and undertake many types of fundraising opportunities to raise money needed. The knowledge and passion they have for greyhounds has allowed them to gain the trust of a growing number of racing kennels for whom G4U are their first port of call when looking to retire dogs. They recognise it is important to work in partnership with the racing world in order to ensure the longterm best interests of the dogs.
They have also taken care of many injured dogs, utilising the organisation's supporters and growing foster network.
Once rehomed, G4U offer a superb support network, offering advice and support when required.
We have rehomed 2 retired greyhounds through this organisation and have found their support invaluable.
We would like to nominate G4U to be considered for this wonderful opportunity.

Lins said...

I would like to nominate Greyhounds Galore, a small sighthound rescue based in the North East of England that manages to a large job. Like many of the groups already mentioned on here, it is run entirely by volunteers, they do not have their own kennels though. All it's dogs are placed mainly in foster homes or emergency boarding kennels.
Greyhounds Galore spends no money on admin or PR it is all done through people like myself giving up their free time.
Greyhounds Galore mainly take in the stray ex racing greyhounds, working and coursing lurchers that would be PTS. They ask a small donation and offer ongoing support to the families who adopt their dogs. This money would really help with all the ongoing costs of rescuing dogs such as neutering, vets bills etc that small groups like this face. Please visit their site and watch the videos of the dogs needing homes to see the valuable work they do. www.greyhoundsgalore.org.uk

Anonymous said...

gosh, what a choice to make. Can I make it more difficult? Id like to nominate Rescue Remedies. http://rescueremedies.myfastforum.org/

They are so deserving - just like every other rescue mentioned here - caring for those dogs that would otherise be put to sleep just because someone no longer cares for them.

Rescue Remedies changed my life. Yes that sounds dramatic, but its true. I have never owned a dog but now I own two jack russell terriers - they came very much as a pair - and we are now very much our own pack ; -)

Every step of the way there has always been someone there to help and guide me - be it at the end of the phone or via email - but this merry band of volunteers made sure that I never alone.

How great to have a rescue centre that genuinely pulls out all the stops to make the right match; that gives every dog a chance to find their forever home.

And how lucky am I that they decided that my two girls were right for me...

Anonymous said...

Can I nominate Hope Rescue www.hoperescue.org.uk
They do a great job of taking dogs from pounds and finding them places with reputable kennels where they will stay 'til finding their forever homes. They have a great dedicated band of volunteer transporters, fosterers and homecheckers and save many many dogs per year. Their hard work recently gained them charitble status.

Anonymous said...

what about fife rottweiler rescue who work religously with misunderstood and abused animals not only do they home check but also train and recheck homes before allowing their dogs to go. No funding from outside sources just what they raise about time they got some recognision

Audrey Binding said...

I would like to nominate Four Paws Animal Rescue (www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk)
This is a small dedicated team who rescue dogs from the pound, foster them and give them a second chance of happiness. They has a lively forum where alsorts are discussed and lots of ideas exchanged. I can't thank them enough for our Peppa and am proud to nominate them.

Chris Voller said...

I adopted a greyhound in September 2008 from G4U, a wonderful organisation that finds homes for retired racing greyhounds. Debbie who started G4U some ten years ago works tirelessly to educate people on what wonderful pets greyhounds make. Part of her success is in that she decides which greyhound would suit your lifestyle. After a thorough homecheck you are then taken to meet the greyhound of Debbie's choice. She is very rarely wrong. In the homing pack you are given a manual which covers every aspect of what to expect from your greyhound. If the answer isn't in the manual then either Debbie or one of her team normally have the answer. Most weekends Debbie is out either rehoming greyhounds or trying to raise funds so that G4U can help save more of these wonderful dogs. Please consider G4U because the money would make such a difference to a lot of dogs lives.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate Nowzad Dogs.

http://www.nowzaddogs.co.uk/index.htm

Wonderful Charity.

xxx

Audrey Binding said...

I would like to nominate Four Paws Animal Rescue (www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk)
This is a small dedicated team who rescue dogs from the pound, foster them and give them a second chance of happiness. They have a lively forum where allsorts are discussed and lots of ideas exchanged. I can't thank them enough for our Peppa and am proud to nominate them.

Marie said...

I have seen, first hand, what Wiccaweys Collie Rescue accomplish with collies. Sarah and Paul who run the rescue, work with dogs who have been very badly mistreated, some take many months to rehabilitate, some take years and some end up living out their years at Wiccaweys. Paul and Sarah are totally devoted to the cause and never get time off as they run the rescue from their home. Their whole lives are devoted to collies, understanding them, giving advise on the phone and rescuing and rehoming them. There have been many times when their bank account in empty, but their wonderful friends and volunteers rally around and help raise funds to feed and treat the dogs. I think they are deserving to be nominated as one of the 30 most deserving charities in Britin.Check them out on http://www.wiccaweys.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I think the Scottish SPCA would be a good candidate as they not only rescue and rehome animals, but they have inspectorate powers. More inspectorate staff could mean more animals saved from unscrupulous people and perhaps more prosecutions. They work very hard in very difficult circumstances and come under criticism for things which could be better if only funding were available. I think the SSPCA have the ability to reach and rescue some of the animals in the worst conditions and perhaps even have the ability to prevent more animals falling victim to these same people.

Deirdre said...

I would like to nominate Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales) - www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.

'Four Paws' is a small independent charity who try to help any animal in need - those that are unwanted or in danger. Primarily, however, they tend to take in and rehome dogs, which is where their expertise is.

They do a tremendous amount of work looking after the dogs and striving to find the best home possible for each and every one of them. Some are in a dreadful state and need months of medical treatment and TLC before they can be placed. But nearly all find their new 'forever' home, and there are many success stories.

We adopted a jack russell cross from 'Four Paws' last year; not only has he become a well-loved member of the family but he has enriched our family life.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Many Tears Rescue, they work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs from all situations, it is an amazing place and they would greatly appreciate any donation which would enable them to help more dogs.

Anonymous said...

Many Tears and HOPE are my two of the top of my head - But every rescue whether large or small all deserve so many thank you's for the hard work, the committment and quite often teh distress they endure to save dogs :)

Elzbieta Zabicki said...

I would very much like to nominate Greyhound Gap.
The charity receives no funding other than that which is raised by volunteers. Gap helps dogs in need and provide a transport relay service using its volunteers and forum members to save those at danger from PTS.
Gap initially assesses the dogs in kennels and a more comprehensive assessment is carried out by fosterers. Where there are health issues for a hound, they are addressed, including a recent example where Gap funded £3000 of eye surgery for one dog... Bod now runs and plays with his friends.
There are countless similar examples where dogs are given a chance to actually live, not in abuse and neglect, but learn about life and happiness, as a pet.
My ex-breeder girl Treacle came from Gap, she was chosen for me by the founder, and I'll never be able to do enough for Gap to thank tham. I help with transport, donate extra where I can and am a foster mum.
I've put my own time and money where I believe it will be best used.

piwoodhouse said...

Pro Dogs Direct isn't one of the better known names but this tiny little charity achieves an awful lot on a budget of practically nothing. It has a cheerfully overworked crew of foster carers who also carry out homechecks and transport runs and whose sheer determination keeps unwanted, stray or puppy farm dogs out of kennels while finding them loving, permanent homes. The charity's founder, Gladys Hutcheson was herself clearly a terrier in a past life, for in the face of the most stringent deadline or tragic circumstances, she could never be persuaded to give up. She will conjure up sanctuary for a traumatised dog when any "normal" person would have called it a day. There is simply not enough space here to do this remarkable woman justice. A gift like yours would be beyond anything Pro Dogs could ever dream of, but if they were lucky enough to become a beneficiary, every penny would be stretched like rubber to ensure even more dogs could be reached, rescued and rehabilitated. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

Lurchercrazy said...

I would love to nominate Greyhound Rescue West of England, they are a local charity that have done a huge amount to help hounds up and down the southwest and have investigated cruelty cases at great cost to the charity when the RSPCA have not even bothered to. They have recently taken in 29 greyhounds from apauling conditions, on top of the influx of unwanted hounds from the track and homes that are offering "free to a good home" Their website is www.grwe.com

I would also love to nominate Lurcherlink run by Kaye who works tirelessley to help lurchers who have often found themselves on death row - simply for being a lurcher. Their website is www.lurcherlink.org

I own a lurcher myself, a rescue and it makes me proud that both charities work so hard to make life better for these beautiful dogs. I am proud to both support and be able to put forward as a nomination both charities, whom I can only have positive praise for them.

piwoodhouse said...

Pro Dogs Direct isn't one of the better known names but this tiny little charity achieves an awful lot on a budget of practically nothing. It has a cheerfully overworked crew of foster carers who also carry out homechecks and transport runs and whose sheer determination keeps unwanted, stray or puppy farm dogs out of kennels while finding them loving, permanent homes. The charity's founder, Gladys Hutcheson was herself clearly a terrier in a past life, for in the face of the most stringent deadline or tragic circumstances, she could never be persuaded to give up. She will conjure up sanctuary for a traumatised dog when any "normal" person would have called it a day. There is simply not enough space here to do this remarkable woman justice. A gift like yours would be beyond anything Pro Dogs could ever dream of, but if they were lucky enough to become a beneficiary, every penny would be stretched like rubber to ensure even more dogs could be reached, rescued and rehabilitated. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate 'Northern Rose Boxer rescue'

Northern rose boxer rescue is run by a fantastic couple from Heywood, Rochdale. The rescue has saved thousands of unwanted Boxers across the UK, its dedicated members contribute in any way they can from doing transport runs, homechecks and fostering to fundraising, the rescues only source of income. All this is for the Dogs, theyre whats inportant to everyone at NRBR, every rescue case is given the best chance it could possibly get.......with the end goal being a 'Forever home' and a clean bill of health for Every NRBR rescue case.

A donation of this kind would be immense to everyone involved with NRBR, it would give more Boxers the chance of a happy life, a life worth living.

NRBR is a credit to all who are involved with it, we all do it for the dogs.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Friends of the Animals RCT s.wales.
Oldies Club.
Greyhound Gap.
Lizzies Barn. (wales)
Foal Farm. Kent
All of which deserve some finacial help.

Anonymous said...

Four paws dog rescue is a very deserving cause and i hope that they can be considered for some of this money

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Southern Lurcher Rescue, registered charity no. 1126665. Begun two summers ago and fast approaching the rehoming of their hundredth dog, they are a small rescue run totally by volunteers and specialising in the rescue and rehoming of lurchers all over the south of England.

These dogs often have a dreadful time, being used, abused and thrown away; SLR takes them in, treats them, rehabilitates them, and finds them new loving homes.

They do not have kennel premises, believing that the dogs do much better as part of the family and can be more accurately assessed and so better matched to prospective adopters.

Each dog that comes in is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (remaining in the ownership of SLR throughout) and receives any further medical treatment necessary before being rehomed.

All this is an expensive process. They have an excellent team of dedicated volunteers raising funds but it is always a struggle.

SLR have a good relationship with their local veterinary surgeon but with treatment prices today it is frightening to think that a single accident, injury or illness to an incoming hound could wipe out months of fundraising and leave hounds vulnerable in the future.

If a dog is settled in a foster home SLR will often have veterinary treatment carried out at the fosterer's veterinary surgery rather than returning to base. Being in the south where veterinary fees are the highest in the country can result in a huge drain on resources.

Southern Lurcher Rescue offer ongoing support to adopters of their hounds, including regular walks where dogs and owners can meet up and socialise, and one of the friendliest forums on the web for the sharing of advice, support, gossip and photographs.

Please visit SLR's website and consider them for a part of this brilliant grant.

www.southernlurcherrescue.org.uk

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for thinking of all these Dogs.
I would like to nominate Hearing dogs for deaf people, as these dogs are chosen from rescue centres, and then go on to save deaf people from living a life of isolation, so two people are being saved at the same time, the bond between the deaf person and dog is also very strong, these dogs really change lives, and they have been given a second chance.

jo siemieniowski said...

I would like to nominate North West Boxer Rescue, they help all boxers that need to be rehomed, (quite a few have been badly treated) and all the volunteers help with driving and picking up the rescue dogs and taking them to the rescue they also carry on with help and advice. they are desperate for funding.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Southern Lurcher Rescue. We have adopted two dogs through their excellent rescue and fund them to be helpful, knowledgeable and very supportive. All the work is done by volunteers and all dogs are fostered in volunteer homes for as long as it takes to find a dogs forever home. This enables SLR to really assess a dogs suitability to the home offered. SLR is constantly fund raising to cover vet fees as all dogs are microchipped, vaccinated and neutered before rehoming and any medical conditions are treated. Here in the South East vet fees can be really high and a share in this wonderful donation would really assist SLR in the work it does. I can't recommend them highly enough.

Chubbess said...

I have adopted two greyhounds from Greyhounds 4 U. They are beautiful dogs that would otherwise have met an uncertain end, and G4U took great care to ensure that my two hounds would be gentle and tolerant enough to live happily with two small children. I see from their website the numbers of hounds needing homes has increased four- or five-fold - possibly because their reputation as an extremely responsible homing organisation has grown correspondingly. I'm sure they need every penny they can get to save more dogs from being PTS, or worse.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Friends of the animals RCT. Eileen and all the volunteers are so dedicated to saving dogs lives and finding them lovely forever homes. At the moment they don't have kennels of their own and many dogs are fostered, a legacy such as this could help them continue their great work. They also take in puppy farm dogs, and also puppies from these farms that are unwell and can't be sold.
http://www.friendsoftheanimalsrct.org.uk/

Breaghsmum said...

I would like to nominate Fife Rottweiler Rescue run by Gail Green who puts all her time and energy into assessing the dogs who come through the rescue, then keeps them untill the right home comes up for the dog and sometimes they are with her for some time which brings a hefty kennal Bill along withvets fees and although the fund raising by Gail and her small band of helpers is never ending there is never enough money at the end if the month to cover all the bills . Therefor I would like you to consider FRR as a candidate.

Breaghsmum said...

I would like to nominate Fife Rottweiler Rescue run by Gail Green who puts all her time and energy into assessing the dogs who come through the rescue, then keeps them untill the right home comes up for the dog and sometimes they are with her for some time which brings a hefty kennal Bill along withvets fees and although the fund raising by Gail and her small band of helpers is never ending there is never enough money at the end if the month to cover all the bills . Therefor I would like you to consider FRR as a candidate.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Fife Rottweiler Rescue run by Gail Green who puts all her time and energy into assessing the dogs who come through the rescue, then keeps them untill the right home comes up for the dog and sometimes they are with her for some time which brings a hefty kennal Bill along withvets fees and although the fund raising by Gail and her small band of helpers is never ending there is never enough money at the end if the month to cover all the bills . Therefor I would like you to consider FRR as a candidate.

Anonymous said...

Greyhound Rescue West of England.
GRWE does fantastic work across the UK for greyhounds and lurchers in need. Entirely run by volunteers and they do not own any buildings or kennels so all the money really does go straight on the dogs and no expense is spared.
www.grwe.com

julie said...

we would like to nominate fourpaws animal rescue (south wales)www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk
this is a wonderful local charity that saves dogs from being destroyed from the local pound.
it is run by a small team of volunteers who take these dogs into foster carehomes until a forever home can be found.
not only do the foster carers give these dogs a chance of a happy life but they work tirelessly to fund raise to help this cause.
they encourage new owners to stay in touch which we have done so, and we enjoy helping whenever possible
we can't sing their praises enough and would like them to be seriously considered.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Wheal Alfred Farm in Cornwall, run by the National Animal Welfare Trust. They not only take dogs from owners who are unable to keep them, they take many strays from the dog warden. They are a tiny kennels but rehome a huge amount of dogs due to their dedicated and knowledgable staff.

morsboyuk said...

I Wish to nominate G4U (Greyhounds 4 YOU) a wonderful organisation they rescue greyhounds all over the country and with arrange for them to be taken out of danger and placed in safe homes before they are given their perminant homes. the people involved are very dedidcated and there success rate is really quite amazing concidering the huge struggle for funds. i would be so greatful if you would allow them to have a a donation i truly admire this charity.

Rachel said...

I would suggest Greyhound Gap and Lurcherlink. Both fantastic charities that do great work. Lurcherlink especially deserves credit as it is run by just one woman who really dedicates her life to doing the best by lurchers.

Oldies Club and Many Tears as well, as they offer a second chance to older/ex-breeding dogs for who it would otherwise likely be the end of the road. I actually can't bring myself to look at the Many Tears website very often as there are sooooo many poor dogs on there that have obviously had a very rough time, its heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Greyhouds 4 U. I took on a lovely greyhound girl from them nearly 3 years ago after a very thorough home check. I then took another one 6 months later who is gorgeous but was a bit of a worrier. The support I received from Debbie during an interesting few months was asolutely fantastic! The group achieve an amazing amount purely on voluntary donations and they could do some much more for this wonderful breed with a little more financial help.

Anonymous said...

Firstly thank you to the person considering leaving this money to the top 30 deserving rescues. This money will make a huge difference to those that benefit and will enable them to help many many more dogs.

I would like to nominate Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England

http://www.labrador-rescue.org.uk

a charity very close to my heart.

They help labradors and labrador crosses, wherever they are located, find new and loving homes within the south of england.

Some of the dogs they find homes for come over from Ireland. Did you know that Ireland has the highest level of animal euthanasia in Europe? Every week, countless numbers of healthy dogs, including Labradors and Labrador Crosses, are put to sleep in pounds when new homes in Ireland cannot be found. LRRSE is working closely with Irish animal charities to help rehome some of these Labs with loving new homes in the UK.

Transportation costs, veterinary expenses and kenneling are the biggest expense, all of which has to be covered by adoption donations, general donations and fundraising. A very big task!!

To the powers that be....Please consider LRRSE for a share of this extremely generous legacy.

Anonymous said...

i would like to nominate fife rottweiler Rescue who work tirelessly for their breed and get very little recognition for the work they do and I know they find it much harder than other rescues to get financial support from the public purely because of the breed.

Anonymous said...

i would like to nominate fife Rottweiler Rescue who work tirelessly for the Breed taking in many off death row and then working with them before rehoming them.
the rescue finds it very hard to gain support from the public in the way of donations purely because of the breed.

Anonymous said...

i would like to nominate fife rottweiler Rescue who work tirelessly for their breed and get very little recognition for the work they do and I know they find it much harder than other rescues to get financial support from the public purely because of the breed.

Anonymous said...

Please please please consider Greyhound Gap http://www.greyhoundgap.org.uk/

The volunteers work 24/7 making sure a safe place is found for all who come to their door.
Vets bills are the main outlay due to the appaling state some of the dogs are found in.

This generous grant could do so much good for Gap, again please consider them.

Lisa said...

Can i nominate Greyhound Gap. My neighbour rescued an old dog wandering the streets on a cold winter day starving, blind, full of bugs, bad skin condition, nearly on his last legs. When other big organisations would not help who will remain nameless, Greyhound Gap stepped in and paid for vets bills, care treatment and help and advice in general. He went on to have 3 years in a loving home before he passed.

Tina Dennett said...

I would like to nominate Rescue Remedies. They are a very small, completely volunteer-based dog rescue and EVERY single penny raised goes to the care or the dogs. No one is paid a wage or expenses and everyone works extreemly hard on rescuing and rehoming dogs, many of which were on "death row". They do not "pick and choose" the most homeable dogs. Any money is like a Godsend to them, especially something this generous. A donation to them would save the lives of MANY dogs in need

Anonymous said...

Another nomination here for the Oldies Club who do such marvellous work helping to rehome older dogs.

Just a question but if the bequest is for charities only, won't that rule Many Tears out? I don't think this rescue is actually a registered charity.

elspeth92 said...

Definetly Hope Rescue. Hope works differently from most rescues in that many of the dogs it helps are secured places in and transported to places of safety in other rescues. The dogs they help are mainly dogs in put to sleep or other emergency situation who have completed their statuatory period in local authority pounds. All dogs are helped regardless of age or breed. If a dog cant be placed in another rescue then a place will be found in one of Hope's rented kennel spaces, most of these are occupied by bullbreeds and larger dogs that are generally harder to rehome. Most of the dogs rehomed by Hope directly are assessed in a foster home environment which helps to ensure that the dogs are well matched to their new forever families. Hope also has long term foster dogs with health problems or who are older and often dogs spend a considerable period of time with foster families so that behavioural issues can be addressed. All homes are thoroughly homechecked and follow up support is provided. Hope is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and relies solely on fundraising to allow the work to continue. As many of the dogs helped by Hope are rehomed by other rescues income from rehoming fees is limited. Hope now has the experience and infrastructure to expand and a legacy of this amount would really assist Hope to further develop its work. All the money raised through fundraising efforts goes directly to assist dogs in need

Steve said...

Thank you so much to the thoughtful person who is considering leaving a legacy to deserving dog charities. It will make a huge difference to those concerned.

I would like to nominate Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales) www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk

Four Paws is run entirely by volunteers. No one receives a salary. Fund raising is a large part of their work as the donations received for the dogs that are rehomed nowhere near cover all the costs.

Many of the dogs are taken in from death row at the local pound, ie they would otherwise be put to sleep after the statutory 7 days were up. These dogs are taken in regardless of their breed, age, physical or mental well-being. All dogs are neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms before being rehomed. All required veterinary treatment is given. Most dogs are then placed in a foster home where they can be assessed, trained and rehabilitated as necessary, before moving on to their forever home.

Some of the dogs are too old or ill to go to a forever home, so they are placed in a permanent foster home until it is time to say goodbye. One such dog is Old Ben, who found himself in the pound at around 12 years old, with a deformed face. He is spending his last years with Don, a lovely man who is now aged 90 and had lost his constant companion a couple of years before. Two gentlemen finding companionship in their twilight years....

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Greyhound Rescue West of England (www.grwe.com) a fantastic organisation who are truly dedicated to helping greyhounds and lurchers find their own special homes.

GRWE home nationally and is run entirely by a wonderful band of volunteers who spend literally endless hours of their free time and lots of their own money to help in anyway that they can to raise funds for the dogs in their care. Every single penny raised goes directly to the dogs as no-one from Chairperson down takes any form of wage, it is done purely for the love of these beautiful hounds many of whom sadly end up on death row in the pound or have been brutally mentally and physically abused.

An amazing rescue who really do work tirelessly and unselfishly for the dogs - just the best!

Jane said...

I would like to nominate Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare. There are hundreds of greyhounds that need rehoming after racing, many are in desperate need. WGW do a fantastic job finding homes for these dogs and caring for the ones that can't be rehomed.

Jane said...

I would like to nominate Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare. There are hundreds of greyhounds in desperate need of homes, WGW do a fantastic job rehoming these dogs and care for those who cannot be rehomed.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully kind gesture!

I'd like to add to the nominations for Many Tears, Tailends and the Oldies Club, all of whom deal with dogs who aren't the easiest to find homes for (ex puppy farmed, and in their twilight years).

I'd also suggest that if the lady lives in England or Wales she consider her local RSPCA branch - Branches are seperately registered charities, and have to raise their own funds .Some are at risk of closure due to inadequate funding / lack of volunteers. If the lady lives in Scotland she may want to consider the SSPCA instead.

Once again what a wonderful legacy to leave.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate HULA Animal Rescue - although not all the work they do is with dogs, they are brilliant at rehoming and rehabilitating dogs with issues and they have managed to rehome many animals which other charities might not have given a chance to. They have a non-destruct policy and, being a small charity, a donation like the one offered would make a significant difference to them. More info about them can be found at www.hularescue.org

Emma C said...

I would like to recommend Rochdale Dog Rescue... a team of unpaid volunteers work tirelessly to save many abandoned death row dogs - dogs who face being PTS after they have served their 7 days at the pound. All dogs are taken in regardless of age, sex, temprament, health, breed etc and given a chance of a new life. The dogs are found spaces in reputable rescues around the UK and they are then moved by a team of transport volunteers. Unfortunately due to the huge numbers of staffies and their crosses in, places cannot immediately be found for all dogs. RDR is very pro bull breeds and these lovely dogs are looked after in Emergency Boarding where they are also neutered, healthchecked, vaccinated and loved until their chance of a space comes up. There are so many unwanted staffies that these boarding costs soon add up.

Andrew Samuel said...

Please take this opportunity to recognise the phenomenal work that Four Paws Animal Rescue do, not only in the South Wales area, but naitonwide. They are responsible for helping so many dogs who otherwise would have faced certain death. Something that I find remarkable within Four Paws is the sense of community and the superb support network. It does not matter what the age or breed of the dog, every conceivable effort is made to find the dog a home. More importantly, the most appropriate home. Having dealt with other "rescues" in the past, I beleive Four Paws to be a truly worthy cause, and strongly beleive their tenacity and dedication deserves recognition.
Please consider them for inclusion in this fabulous offer of support.

Caroline@G4U said...

I am the 'Greyhounds at Risk Coordinator' for Greyhounds 4 U and rescue greyhounds in the North West. Most of the dogs I take are from the flapper tracks and are in a poor condition, usually under weight, riddled with worms and fleas and sometimes have injuries and broken bones. When I rescued my first hound Greyhounds 4 U was the only rescue who could offer me help, because of G4U 20 greyhounds from the flapper tracks in the NW of England have been saved from certain death and thats not to mention the many others that are being saved in Hampshire and the newly opened BOB branch. We are all volunteers at G4U and give up our time free so that every penny raised gets put back in to save more hounds. I think G4U would benefit very much if they received a grant and would be able to save many more Greyhound lives as a result :o)

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Phoenix DOg Rescue. They are only a small rescue-but, they stand by their dogs for life! We adopted our girl from them-and she had some issues (and we were told about them)they were always ready to help-giving advice, and getting a behaviorist in to call us and give advice. At one point-we thought she would be going back-and they said, no problem-they will always take back one of their dogs! We ended up getting through the hard times-and now have a much loved family member! Sometimes great things come in very small packages!

Anonymous said...

I would like to say that the person who has decided to leave this very generous legacy must have a real heart of gold, It will go along way to help the poor souls that would other wise have no future! I would like to nominate Four Paws Animal Rescue (south wales) www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk. they are a small charity run 100% by volunteers, everyone envolved does all they can to prevent dogs found in the local pound being destroyed, They will be a very deserving cause

Wendy Wharrier said...

I would like to nominate Wiccaweys Border and Working Collie Rescue in Northants who we recently adopted our lovely collie from. They are fantastic and you can see how much they love the dogs. They are not kennelled like in many rescues, they live in their home and every care is taken of them. This money would make an enourmous difference to them. For feeding, vet treatments and caring for the animals this would be a precious gift. They do not only take in collies but also take in other cases too. They also have their own retirement home for the oldie collies who not only would be difficult to rehome but also for those who they feel have been through enough upheaval already in their lives. They really do "rescue" these beautiful creatures and bring them back to life along with the help of their unpaid volunteer walkers, fosterers, homecheckers and fundraisers.

Anonymous said...

As the lady is concerned that funds are not spent on admin then I think Lurcherlink is a prime candidate as a one woman operation (plus her family and volunteers) and all her funds are spent on the dogs, many of whom arrive in a sad condition from pounds all over the country. LL rehome nationally, being web based, and cooperate with many of the other charities nominated here, including greyhound gap, in order to get the best outcome for the dogs.

dogess said...

I would like to nominate Lurcher Link.This charity is run by one woman and her family.They rescue. homecheck, foster, and rehome hounds .This is a small charity and the hounds would really benefit from a little " extra help".Whether Lurcher Link benefit from this donation or not, may I thank the kind donor.

Wendy Wharrier said...

I would like to nominate BARK, Babworth Animal Rescue Kennels formerly Everythingpets, based in Retford, Notts. We adopted Ruby our collie x from them in Feb 08 and they do a wonderful job. They take in all varieties of dogs and work hard to rehome them. They work with problem dogs to assess them and rehabilitate them and they find suitable homes for them. Times are tough for all the small independant rescues and this money would be a precious gift to continue the good wor they do every day of the year.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Hope rescue South Wales for the fantastic work they do to save pound dogs' lives, Oldies Club for finding loving homes for the older dogs to help out with the very high vets bills, Greyhound Gap for caring do much for greyhounds and lurchers and Tailends which cares for the elderly and terminally ill dog in the comfort of a home.

Thank you so much for making this offer

jody said...

I would like to nominate
ANIMAL HELPLINE PETERBOROUGH www.homes4dogs.co.uk
This rescue is run by Roz and a small dedicated band of volunteers, they help many pound dogs who without Animal Helpline would be PTS, they take alot of poorly dogs who run up huge vet bills and also have dogs who are not able to be rehomed and live out there lives at the rescue.


Also DORIS BANHAM RESCUE www.dogsos.co.uk who deal with pound dogs and help alot of Staffies which no one else will help, they are always full to bursting. They find spaces for pound dogs and transport these dogs to other rescues and thier costs are huge.

Also THE ARK www.arkanimalrescue.co.uk who are also a retirement home for dogs not able to find homes for various reasons, the Ark help alot of oldies and do a great job locally in North Lincs.

Donna said...

I would like to nominate Wiccaweys who selflessly rescue hundreds of border collies and other dogs every year. Many of these dogs are brought over from terrible situations in Ireland, many have reached their final chance in the pound. Wiccaweys never refuse a dog 'cos it has problems or is not 'as pretty' as other dogs. We adopted our little Meg from them 18 months ago - she is a constant joy to us. Please consider Wiccs for this - they deserve the help so much.

Anonymous said...

il second the oldies club and also North CLwyd animal rescue.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate HWAR (Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue) they never turn an unwated/stray dog away. They are such a deserving Rescue Centre and feel that they would sadly get overlooked.

I sincerely hope you consider donating to them as they do not have any funding help at all, only that of donations locally.

A much deserved charity, please please find it in your hearts to donate.

Thank you

Trish said...

I would like to nominate Animal Helpline Peterborough.
This rescue helps all breeds of dogs, they help alot of oldies, staffies and take alot of dogs from pounds. We got our oldie from there and Roz and her dedicated team of volunteers do a wonderful job with limited resources.
They also have dogs who are unable to be rehomed and so are cared for by Roz at the centre, Roz takes alot of poorly dogs and never seems to say no to any dog who needs her help no matter what the story.
I think this is a wonderful rescue who would greatly benifit from such a generous grant.

Anonymous said...

G4U Do wonderfull work saving, rehoming and assiting people with Greyhounds.
One of the most under rated dogs.

dogess said...

May I nominate Lurcher Link.This is a small charity run by a woman, her family and her friends.They rescue, homecheck, foster and rehome , sighthounds.This donation would make such a great difference to so many hounds.Whether Lurcher Link is chosen for this help or not may I thank the kind donor.Wonderful, truly wonderful

sass said...

I would like to nominate Rochdale Dog Rescue. They rescue dogs due to be put to sleep at pounds and find them rescue places or place the dogs in boarding until they can do so. Everyone who works for them volunteers their time and are not paid. All the spare time of the people who run this amazing group must be devoted to it for it to work the way it does. All the money donated goes towards saving lives of unwanted dogs.

Dawn said...

I'd like to nominate Greyhound Gap! Lisa and her Gappers go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis! I know this money would help greatly. They are definitly a most deserving charity! Always ready to fit in just one more dog in need. Helping the dogs that society sometimes forgets.They have had some HUGE vet bills recently-and are out raising funds and awareness constantly. This is an amazing dog charity.

Anonymous said...

Greyhound Gap and the Oldies club get my nomination as both do sterling work for sections of the dog world which probably suffer most.

skyetbc1997 said...

I would like to nominate Wiccaways Border Collie and sheepdog rescue. They are a very well deserving cause. They work VERY hard for the lovely dogs that they rescue and NEVER put a dog to sleep. They are not a registered chartity and get no funding whatsoever from the government so they rely entirely on the generous donations from the helpful public. They were forced to move approximately 18months ago which was a pretty stressful time. The new premises would benefit enormously from the support of a donation and I am sure that all those lovely dogs past, present and future would be a lot better off from the help - along with Sarah and Paul who run it, of course (lol)

paula said...

I would like to nomintate Southern Lurcher Rescue. They are a small charity who rely entirely on volunteers and do tremendous work. So many lurchers are abandoned by the travelling community and many are found in poor condition. SLR takes these dogs in and place them in foster cae, give them the medical attention they need and the love they deserve. SLR has become like a family to its members and volunteers and would greatly benefit from a donation such as this.

Georgina said...

Definitely the Oldies Club. Every charity does fantastic work to rehome and in some rehabilitate dogs, however The Oldies Club will publicise dogs for any other charity to try and help them find homes, as well as paying vet fees for dogs who end up in their foster care from people no longer able to care for their pets.

skyetbc1997 said...

I would like to nominate Wiccaways Border Collie and sheepdog rescue. They are a very well deserving cause. They work VERY hard for the lovely dogs that they rescue and NEVER put a dog to sleep. They are not a registered chartity and get no funding whatsoever from the government so they rely entirely on the generous donations from the helpful public. They were forced to move approximately 18months ago which was a pretty stressful time. The new premises would benefit enormously from the support of a donation and I am sure that all those lovely dogs past, present and future would be a lot better off from the help - along with Sarah and Paul who run it, of course (lol)

shazbatz said...

How do you choose? they're all fantastic !

my choices are :

BARK animal rescue at Retford, where they take animals into their care just before the animals are put to sleep, I got my gorgeous collie/JRT dog from them.

Thornberry animal sanctuary at dinnington, Fantastic rescue centre where I got my Sally who was rescued by them when she was close to starvation.

RSPCA at spital in chesterfield.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate The Dogstar Foundation http://www.dogstarfoundation.com
If this wonderful benefactor is looking for a charity that really makes a difference, then I believe this is it…… not only to dogs but entire communities. Dogstar offers free veterinary care for pet dogs and street dogs alike in Sri Lanka and runs regular free neutering clinics to help tackle the problem of unwanted pregnancies. Their free ARV (Anti Rabies Vaccine) program is saving not only the lives of dogs but also humans, you can’t make much more of a difference than that.

Kerry - Staffordshire said...

I would like to nominate
Friends of the animals RCT. http://www.friendsoftheanimalsrct.org.uk/
Tailend http://www.tailends.co.uk/
& the PDSA http://www.pdsa.org.uk/

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate BARK (babworth animal reescue kennels) as they do alot of work for animals all across the area and beyond and would put the money into good practise. Thanks.

Nicola Taylor said...

Thank you to the person who is gifting the money to whichever charites recive it in these hard econmic times I'm sure it will keep the reciving charites doors open to continue there good work.I would like to nominate five charites Greyhound Gap, Lurcher Link,HWAR, Hope and Oldies Club. All of these charites are volenteer organistions which are soley supported buy funds raised by there supporters.
I have volenteered for Greyhound Gap for four years, transporting, fund raisng and fostering. Gap for so many dogs is the last chance saloon, no matter what the fincail cost they get that chance and go on to loved family members in there adoptive homes. Once a dog comes through Gap's doors it is a Gap dog for life no matter what happens Gap is there for them.Time and time again I have seen Gap work there magic on the most broken animals mentally and phisically and it never ceases to amaze me. Up and down the country there is a fantsic community of volenteers that drop everyhting to help when they recive a call from Gap to help a dog in need.
My other four nominations are Lurcher Link ,HAWR ,Hope and Oldies club these are charites are again self funding and work tirelessly to help as many dogs in need as possible.

Jackie Short said...

The Ark, Lincolnshire, does a wonderful job for last chance dogs, some even rejected from other rescue organisations. It's all voluntary and they are always struggling to make ends meet and do the very best for each dog, every penny would go to the welfare of the dogs. I've visited The Ark twice and am filled with admiration for what they do. I'd love to see them receive some help, they and the dogs they rescue, care for, rehabilitate and re-home are so deserving of help.

Terri said...

What a fantastic gesture, one that I hope doesn't need to be claimed for a few years yet.
I've not re-homed any dog from the rescues mentioned but I do have a soft spot for and would like to nominate the Oldies Club who do a fantastic job in taking in elderly dogs and re-homing them.

Terri said...

What a fantastic gesture, one that I hope doesn't need to be paid out on for a few years yet.
I've not re-homed any dog from the rescues mentioned but I do have a soft spot for and would like to nominate the Oldies Club who do a fantastic job in taking in elderly dogs and re-homing them.

Sarah x said...

I would like to recommend Wiccaweys as well. They do some wonderful work looking after and rehabilitating some truly traumatized dogs. They help numerous dogs that would otherwise be PTS and it is only the two of them that run it and purely on donations!! Please seriously consider them for some of this truly life changing money

Rose Marie Edwards said...

I would like to nominate Greyhound Gap who do the most wonderful work rescuing death row greyhounds and lurchers. Also other breeds find their way in as no dog in desperate need is left without help.

Nobody is paid for the work they do as, even the founder who is a most wonderful lady take no salary. Nothing is spent on PR and an absolutely minimal amount is spent on necessary admin.

The whole recue is staffed by volunteers who give of their time and help selflessly to help dogs in distress.

I have two dogs that I have rehomed from Greyhound Gap and currently have a foster dog .

Sally said...

I, too, would like to nominate HWAR. They take all of the poundies from the area, whether easy or hard to home, young or old, and help out pound dogs from other areas whenever they have the space and funds to do so. 25K would make the most enormous difference to them, and through them to hundreds of dumped and unwanted dogs.

Well done to the lovely donors for this wonderful idea. The world needs more people like you!

Anonymous said...

Neapolitan Mastiff Welfare desperately needs help to cater for these massive, exceptional dogs who are frequently dumped on the streets once they have been bred to an inch of their lives or when they just need veterinary care. They are massively expensive to care for and covering their veterinary fees can be hugely expensive but they will never stop trying to help them. Please could they apply for some of the amazing donation? Please see www.neapolitanmastiffwelfare.co.uk
Thank you...

Ali said...

What an amazing, kind and generous legacy - one that will make a huge difference to hundreds of dogs.

Could I please add a nomination for Greyhound Gap (www.greyhoundgap.com).

Greyhound Gap is a small charity run entirely by volunteers, who work tirelessly to rescue and rehome greyhounds and lurchers - in particular those in 'death row' situations.

Gap's volunteers work extremely hard to raise funding to cover the huge veterinary and kenneling bills faced each month. Following initial assessement all of the dogs are placed into suitable foster homes. Each dog is vaccinated, microchipped, neutered and receives any other necessary veterinary treatment and care.

All homes are homechecked and adopters receive full back up and support from Gap throughout the hounds lifetime, and beyond.

Anonymous said...

We suggest Wiccaweys. My wife and I got our lovely boy from there. Paul and Sarah do amazing work rescuing Border Collies and working sheep dogs.
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone more deserving.

Nicky W said...

What a generous offer. I would like to nominate Hope Rescue based in South Wales, www.hoperescue.org.uk. Hope Rescue is not a rescue in the conventional sense, primarily a co-ordinating rescue, most of their work involves moving dogs from put to sleep or emergency situations. They secure rescue spaces for these dogs with reputable rescues such as the Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and RSPCA, together with a number of excellent smaller rescues and breed rescues. Hope also transport them to the rescue and cover many thousands of miles every month.

They also take some dogs in for rehoming theirselves if they are unable to secure rescue spaces. These may be dogs with medical problems, the Oldies or some of the larger breeds such as bull breeds. Dogs are occasionally take in dogs from owners who find themselves in emergency situations and can no longer keep their dog. These are fostered via a network of fantastic and dedicated foster homes.

Hope is entirely self-funded and relies on the fantastic support of volunteers. Most of their expenses are for boarding, medical and transport costs that cannot be reclaimed through rehoming fees as the dogs are rehomed by other rescues.

ancomuk said...

I would like to nominate:
"Greyhounds For You"

http://www.greyhounds4u.co.uk


I have had the pleasure of fostering for G4U and have received all the support necessary even on a 24hrs/24hrs basis.

Only this week there was a need to save 3 Greyhounds who were due to be pts and the whole small group pulled together, and now the greyhounds will have a chance of a good new life; first in a foster home and then in a permanent home.
I cannot but recommend G4U enough.

The only financial support received is through small fundraising events and any financial help received, goes directly for the dogs as all other aspects of the organisation are done on a volontary basis.

Thank you

Anne Peter

Shirley Miller said...

Another nomination for Rochdale Dog Rescue. They are all volunteers who work tirelessly to save pound dogs and get them to rescue or when a rescue place is not available to emergency boarding. They rely on fundraising and donations to pay for vets bills, emergency boarding etc. Please consider them for part of your wonderful grant

mightycrumbgirl said...

I adopted my Lhasa Apso from Friends of the Animals RCT. I cannot think of a group of people more dedicated to helping dog, cats, and other animals. FOA RCT have come a long way in the last couple of years, and awareness of them has grown immensely. Given the current economical climate, more and more owners are having to give up their beloved pets, so FOA RCT are being asked to help more and more dogs than ever before. All volunteers work for free; so any money from fund-raising or donations goes straight towards helping the dogs; vet fees, kennel fees, food, DAP collars, and so on. They rescue a lot of ex-breeding dogs from puppy farms, and these dogs quite often need a lot of veterinary care, and TLC before they can be re-homed.

If Friends of the Animals RCT were fortunate enough to receive such a generous amount of money, they could continue to help the increasing number of animals that they are being asked to help.

malc said...

I would also like to nominate the ark at donna nook ,because they do take any dog,old,young and rejects from other centres,but they take rabbits,guinea pigs and ferrets etc and find loving homes for them.we foster the small furries for them so we know first hand what a great job Sue and her team are doing for these animals on a tight budget,malc

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Castledon kennels in wickford essex.
http://www.greyhoundrescueuk.co.uk/
A family run greyhound rescue who are the most wonderful guys.
They go that extra mile to catch abandoned hounds and find a loving home or kennel for them.
thank you

kris

Louwra said...

I would like to nominate 3 charities.

First one is Neapolitan Masstiff Welfare, as they do a fantastic job for this giant breed, where a vetvisit runs into the 100'ss as this is a giant breed and consequently vets are very expensive! http://neapolitanmastiffwelfare.webs.com/

Secondly the Phoenix Dog rescue, small rescue, run by some very hard working people who put their own life on hold regularly to save the dogs we all care for so much

Thirdly HWAR who, as well as responds to emergency situations, takes in dogs that nobody would, offerss rescue backup to dogs, also take in poundies who otherwise would be killed.

They would all greatly benefit from such a legacy, the main benefit would be more dogs saved, more dogs able to have lifesaving operations etc


What an incredible generous thing to do!

Anonymous said...

I am another who would like to nominate Rochdale Dog Rescue as all the volunteers work so very hard to save the dogs that come in and are so tireless in this task to save the dogs they are all volunteers and i would not have my dog if it hadn't been for RDR

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a generous lady, can't have enough people like her in the world.
I would like to nominate Rochdale Dog Rescue to be considered for part of the wonderful donation.
They do an amazing job of making sure that dogs who end up in the pound in a put to sleep situationfor whatever reason get another chance at having a real forever home, tirelessly working to find reputable rescue spaces for them all.
The type of rescue work they do is really high pressure and full on, they make all the calls etc, do the transport all over the UK.
It sickens me that people actually sign their dogs over to the pound, they can't be in any doubt of what will happen to them. I know the money would be put to great use here.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Rochdale Dog Rescue. "extract from their website":
Rochdale Dog Rescue
Rescuing Dogs From Death Row
...To Find Loving Homes
Rochdale Dog Rescue works every week to find responsible rescue places for dogs in a Northern Pound in the UK that are due to be put to sleep if not claimed after 7days.
The pound that we work with are one of the few pounds that are willing to work closely with us as a rescue. They too work hard to save these dogs being put to sleep by providing Rochdale Dog Rescue with photographs, information about the dogs and constant updates.
Sometimes, especially during peak holiday times, it is extremely difficult to find a rescue space for a dog before its 7 days are up. Or we may have a rescue space promised, but are unable to organise the transport. In these situations we have to use emergency boarding kennels, while work continues to get the dog to safety.
Emergency kenneling is a true lifesaver for these dogs but the kennels cost £4 per day per dog, and we often have to appeal for help with donations when our funds are running low."

Ziggy&co said...

I would like to nominate Animals In Need who have worked tirelessly for nearly 20 years to save dogs from the council pound who would otherwise have been destroyed. They save these dogs, neuter, vacciante, microchip and then rehome to approved homes. They have a total non destruct policy (except on veterinary advice) and dogs who have issues which makes then unlikely to be rehomed have a lifetime home at Animals In Need. The charity relies totally on donations and its team of volunteers to be able to operate. www.animals-in-need.org 01933 278080.

Please consider them as part of your generous donation.

Tracy

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Ardley Rescue Kennels, www.ardleyrescuekennels.co.uk Annabelle goes the extra mile for all her dogs, age, medical problems are not an issue. They
work long hours to ensure all the dogs are happy and healthy.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift to give :) and my immediate thoughts for a rescue deserving of such a gift is LurcherLink. Kayes never ending toil changes lives on a daily basis. A diamond in the rough.

Anna said...

Fantastic news.
I would like to suggest a small charity run solely by volunteers covering a large area Southern Lurcher Rescue. We adopted our four year old Lurcher from them, he was in a 'put to sleep' situation, like so many other abandoned Lurchers in this country. We now rely on their online Forum for support and advice. They have been brilliant and are by far the most professional and supportive little rescue that we have ever dealt with. The money could make a huge difference to raising the profile of this growing charity across the South East, attracting new volunteers and adopters, so more beautiful healthy Lurchers can have a better life.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate southern lurcher rescue a small charity rehoming lurchers, the rescue is run only by volunteers and all dogs are fostered not kept in kennels. All potential owners are homechecked by volunteers. The state some of these dogs when they come in to slr is terrible but with lots of tlc it is fantastic to see them blossom, I know any grant would help out with large vet bills.

Billy said...

I would like to nominate Greek Animal Rescue, a UK registered charity, based in London, which spends every single penny given to them on rescuing stray and abandoned animals in Greece. Greece itself has got NO animal charities to speak of, no organisations like the RSPCA to ensure that even the grossly inadequate animal welfare laws are being enforced, and the vast majority of people simply do not care what happens to the animals they breed and then abandon on the street. When the stray cats and dogs then become a “nuisance”, they are usually poisoned, often with rat poison, which causes a slow and incredibly painful death.
Shelters in Greece are overwhelmingly run by organisations like Greek Animal Rescue and I myself spent 6 months at one of them as a volunteer. The illnesses and injuries, mostly from traffic accidents, that dogs and cats arrive with are too horrendous to think about, but in collaboration with a few sympathetic vets they are lovingly nursed back to health and given a home in a shelter, where they know nothing but love and kindness and are ensured of fresh food and water every day – something that most of these animals have never experienced before. The vast majority of the animals is rehomed to loving homes in other European countries, simply because there is no interest in them within Greece.
It was because of Greek Animal Rescue that my Malcolm came into my life, first at the shelter where I volunteered, and then when I was finally able to bring him over to the UK. For 7 ½ years Malcolm was my bestest buddy. Sadly nearly two years ago Malcolm was diagnosed with lymphoma. With treatment and a carefully prepared diet, we managed to beat it into remission and Malcolm continued to have a great quality of life, as if nothing was the matter, until a few weeks ago, when it once again reared its ugly head. Two days ago I had to make the hardest decision in my life and let Malcolm go.
I would love for Greek Animal Rescue to receive a grant for all the Malcolms who are being saved from a life of fear and pain by the tireless work of volunteers, and who are given a chance of a loving home elsewhere, a chance that they would just not get if it wasn’t for this organisation. Thank you for reading this.

Gayle said...

The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home is a registered charity and is based at Donna Nook nr Louth. http://www.arkanimalrescue.co.uk/

They have an excellent reputation and quietly rehome the less glamorous of our canine friends to homes all over the country.

The staff work tirelessly to care for all the animals and each time I visit I am astounded at how happy the dogs seem in their kennels. They are truly loved and cared for as individuals and this sort of money would be a dream come true for those that work there. They have the space to help more dogs, "just" not the money.

Please add this very worthwhile charity to your list for consideration. Thank you.

Melissa said...

What an amazing person to offer such a generous and altruistic legacy.

I would like to nominate LurcherLink (www.lurcherlink.org) as an organisation worthy of consideration.

LurcherLink is a small operation coordinated by one woman with support from her family and a network of volunteers who between them foster the numerous dogs, do transport runs to get them out of put-to-sleep situations or unsuitable conditions, carry out homechecks, provide advice to struggling owners and offer a warm welcome to anyone on the online forum. Everyone gives their time willingly and free of charge and there are no admin or promotional overheads as a result.
Some of the dogs are from pounds, found as strays or are ex-workers who really need special care and attention. For many, LurcherLink is their last hope. LurcherLink works hard to find exactly the right forever home for each unique dog and this can mean providing ongoing support financially for medical expenses or behavioural advice if necessary, so any contribution, no matter how small, is always very much appreciated and put to good use.

Leigh said...

I have three nominations:

Many Tears who do a fantastic job, their kennels are excellent and they work tirelessly to help any dog in need.
Greyhound Gap, again for their wondereful work saving and rehoming greyhounds.
The Greyhound Sanctuary in Devon which is very small but members do such a wonderful job fundraising to provide a sanctuary for greyhounds and rehome them.

Dominique said...

I would like to nominate Ashbourne Animal Welfare, registered charity number 1014249, who are dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of stray and unwanted cats and dogs. They operate from their own purpose built rescue centre in Derbyshire. All of the residents have comfortable accomodation, receive the best of care and stay with us as long as is necessary to find a loving new home. They are an independent charity and receive no government or lottery help.

and Burton RSPCA branch - http://www.rspca-burtonbranch.org.uk/index.asp

and Radcliffe RSCPA branch - http://www.rspca-radcliffe.org.uk/

Viviane Pfitzner said...

We got our lovely little Saluki-X lurcher from SOUTHERN LURCHER RESCUE. I would like to nominate this rescue for their outstanding and selfless work which is run by volunteers who give up their spare time to help hounds in need.
SLR is a registered charity in the south of England and they go out of their way to ensure that abandoned, mistreated hounds find their happy forever home. Not only do they get neutred, de-fleed, de-wormed and spayed and micro-chipped, they also receive veterinary treatment if they arrive at SLR with wounds.
In addition, the angels at SLR make sure the hound finds his perfect forever home by finding the perfect match between the rescue hound and its adopters - only the VERY BEST HOME FOR EVERY SINGLE HOUND - even if it sometimes takes a little bit longer.
Because of their dedicated work, SLR in Harlow is a rescue I believe is second to none.

Anonymous said...

The Mayhew Animal Home
http://www.mayhewanimalhome.org/home.html

gillian said...

I would like to nominate southern lurcher rescue. Its a small charity run by volunteers for to rehome lurchers. All dogs for rehoming are fostered no kennels potential owners are all homechecked by volunteers. The state some of these dogs come into slr in is terrible but with lots of tlc they blossom. A grant would certainly help with vets bills

Viviane Pfitzner said...

We got our lovely little Saluki-X lurcher from SOUTHERN LURCHER RESCUE. I would like to nominate this rescue for their outstanding and selfless work which is run by volunteers who give up their spare time to help hounds in need.
SLR is a registered charity in the south of England and they go out of their way to ensure that abandoned, mistreated hounds find their happy forever home. Not only do they get neutred, de-fleed, de-wormed and spayed and micro-chipped, they also receive veterinary treatment if they arrive at SLR with wounds.
In addition, the angels at SLR make sure the hound finds his perfect forever home by finding the perfect match between the rescue hound and its adopters - only the VERY BEST HOME FOR EVERY SINGLE HOUND - even if it sometimes takes a little bit longer.
Because of their dedicated work, SLR in Harlow is a rescue I believe is second to none.

Viviane Pfitzner said...

We got our lovely little Saluki-X lurcher from SOUTHERN LURCHER RESCUE. I would like to nominate this rescue for their outstanding and selfless work which is run by volunteers who give up their spare time to help hounds in need.
SLR is a registered charity in the south of England and they go out of their way to ensure that abandoned, mistreated hounds find their happy forever home. Not only do they get neutred, de-fleed, de-wormed and spayed and micro-chipped, they also receive veterinary treatment if they arrive at SLR with wounds.
In addition, the angels at SLR make sure the hound finds his perfect forever home by finding the perfect match between the rescue hound and its adopters - only the VERY BEST HOME FOR EVERY SINGLE HOUND - even if it sometimes takes a little bit longer.
Because of their dedicated work, SLR in Harlow is a rescue I believe is second to none.

Drumble said...

The lady has confirmed that only registered charities would be eligible.

This is a real shame as there are a lot of not for profit organisations who will lose out. Registered charities by definition have admin costs. There are many not for profit organisations doing fantastic work helping dogs and getting no financial support as most support is given to registered charities. I do alot of admin work at my own expense for a non profit making organisation and so do the rest of the team of volunteers.

Sarah said...

Another vote here for the Oldies Club. Our beautiful boy came from them at 9 years of age and he is just perfect :-). It's very easy sometimes to overlook the old'uns and this rescue does invaluable work in making sure their dogs can live out their twilight years in comfort and safety.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether it's already been nominated - my vote goes to Rescue Remedies!

We got our boy from there 2 years ago, and they were so helpful. They are loving to the dogs, ensure they are all in forever homes, and do wonderful work with any 'abused' or 'difficult' dogs that come in - often tranforming previously unhomeable dogs into someone's much loved pet. They often rescue dogs from pounds, where they are less than a day away from death. They will take on a dog in need even if they are stuggling for room or money, and they all work tirelessly.

This is an amazing dog charity that will hugely benefit from the money. Hopefully, this will help save more dogs from death, and give the chance of a forever home.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely and kind thing for this lady to offer this to so many rescues.

I would like to say GRWE - we adopted our SalukixGreyhound girl from them and the bond between her and our Son who has Aspergers Syndrome has been a pleasure to watch grow from strenth to strength, there is nothing else quite like it in this world. GRWE consists of Volunteers who work tirelessly morning, noon, night - whatever time of the day - to help, rehabilitate and see greyhounds and lurchers into secure and loving homes. It doesn't just stop there though there is fundraising to be done, auctions to raise money, events the list is endless. I had never before had the pleasure of knowing and seeing such dedicated people. Alot of the volunteers has full time jobs of their own in the day and their own families to look after too, yet GRWE Rescue is another job in it's entirety and one they all embrace with a passion, just wanting to see these often neglected and mistreated hounds into loving and secure homes. So many greyhounds and lurchers come into their care broken - you can see it in their eyes, broken souls and often untreated broken bones from racing just left untreated. Yet every dog I see leave GRWE's care leaves with a smile in their eyes for they have found out whilst in their care what love and being cared for means.

I would also like to nominate Erin Hounds. They are a small voluntary group who also work tirelessly to help abandoned, mistreated and broken greyhounds and lurchers from Ireland and the UK. The lady who runs Erin Hounds is really a Hound Angel, she does it all for them, I hope she won't mind me saying often working in daily job to enable her to pay from her own pocket medical expenses and kennel fees to help the hounds. Working 24 hours around the clock, often bringing them over to the UK herself on the ferry at all hours of the morning and day to help them secure a resuce place or home. This is one lady and team who positively live their lives to see the greyhounds and lurchers receive the love, food and comfort they so rightly deserve in a good home.

It is very true to say both these rescues put every penny into helping the dogs in their care.

Anonymous said...

How very kind and thoughtful. What a wonderful person, Thank you

I would like to nominate Just For Dogs in Brailsford. They have so many long termers and never give up on them

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate the Blue Cross not only for the rescue work but they have recently helped a friend who is on a low wage by contributing towards a high vets bill she had on a recently adopted dog, before she had chance to get insurance

Anonymous said...

the most deserving dog charity is Rescue Remedies...i know there are 1000's of these kinds of charities up and down the country but if you see the hours and effort these guys put in it makes your feel very humble. I have a rescue dog already a Staffy, which are not the most adoptable dog in the world but these guys really sing the praises of Staffies and thats a good thing, they take in dogs when they know they dont have space but find it, some how. their commitment to save as many dogs as possible is about the best you can get...they deserve it all!!

Anonymous said...

The Oldies Club do fantastic work in finding homes for older dogs that would otherwise get left behind.

Philip Ruston said...

The oldies club look after animals that are less likely to be wanted than say a puppy. To put a dog in kennels, especially after so long being accustomed to a good life, seems such an undignified way to end their twilight years. Old animals still need as much love, if not more, than puppies. I VOTE THE OLDIES CLUB.

H Fitzpatrick said...

I should like to nominate Hope Rescue (www.freewebs.com/hoperescue)

I have been fostering and transporting for Hope for the last couple of years and have seen at first hand the incredible work they do. They take the dogs that can be literally on death row and place with with safe, reputable rehoming centres across the country via their network of transporters who travel up and down the country and probably know every service station on every motorway intimately! They also have a dedicated group of fosterers who can take those dogs that may be too ill, too old, at the end of their 7 days in the pount or difficult to place (such as the bull breeds) into their homes and get them ready for their forever homes.
Hope have also helped other animals to safety, such as cats and rats.
Hope have recently gained charitable status and a bequest such as this would mean the world to Hope and their invaluable work. Please consider them as a worthy recipient of a portion of this fantastic grant.

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