Hope you will enter this!

Please enter this photo competition to help Hope! Entries open on Sunday. Here's the press release with all the details... go on, make an entry and help some of these gorgeous dogs!

Hope Rescue is launching an urgent appeal to raise £3,000 to help unwanted dogs who are waiting patiently to find a foster home or their forever family. The fundraising effort is focused on a virtual dog show – complete with stalls, an auction and an online photographic competition!
A number of judges have very kindly agreed to help with the online photo competition – world-renowned dog trainer and author Victoria Stilwell; Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of "Formula 1 Supremo" Bernie Ecclestone; Television presenter, author and wildlife expert, Chris Packham; and Editor of ‘Dogs Today’ magazine, Beverley Cuddy.

The Hope Rescue Virtual Dog Show will run from 9 pm on Sunday 6th March 2011 and close at 9 pm on Sunday 20th March 2011.

Hope Rescue, based in Caerphilly, currently has more dogs in its care than at any time during its 6 year history. The situation reached crisis point in the New Year and has shown no signs of improving since then. There are currently 70 dogs in its care, with another 18 in the local authority pound waiting for a place – not to mention the ever-growing number of dogs on its surrender list. 

The last two months has seen an unprecedented number of strays come in and the costs associated with finding a place of safety for these dogs – whether in a foster home, with another rescue or in Hope’s emergency kennels – has hit the charity exceptionally hard.

Hope leases private boarding kennel spaces as a "half way house" for those dogs in the pound that have completed their 7 days but do not have a foster home or rescue space secured. These kennel spaces literally are lifesavers, without them many of the less popular breeds, or harder to rehome dogs, would be euthanised.

During the last 2 months, Hope Rescue has kept an average of between 14 to 18 dogs in kennels at any one time. Many of these dogs are bull breeds and crosses, which are difficult to find foster or rescue spaces for through no fault of their own – it is often simply a matter of too many dogs resulting from over breeding,

The current kennel bills are in excess of £3,000 a month, without taking into account the associated vets bills and transport costs for 70 dogs . There are several dogs undergoing exploratory vet work for a variety of medical conditions, in addition to the day to day vet costs for neutering, vaccinations, worm and flea treatment and micro-chipping.

The aim of this Appeal is to raise £3000 - the equivalent of one month’s kennel costs - so Hope is asking for supporters to dig deep as the dogs lives are depending on it.

Click here to enter:  http://hope-rescue.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photocomp

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Appeal, can do so safely through the Hope Rescue Justgiving page:  http://www.justgiving.com/Hope-Rescue-Kennel-Costs

Hope Rescue is always looking for more people willing to give a dog a second chance through fostering. Anyone interested in becoming a foster home should contact Hope Rescue on 07545 822919 or email enquiries@hoperescue.org.uk


Winnie said…
Where do we find the virtual dog show at the weekend? What's the URL please?
Beverley Cuddy said…
Well spotted - just emailed them to point out it appears to missing from the press release!
Have enabled the JustGiving link now, too!
Beverley Cuddy said…
Link now included: http://hope-rescue.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=photocomp
Anonymous said…
Alternatively visit our website, www.hoperescue.org.uk where you can find links to the virtual site. Thanks for your interest.

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