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We hope you enjoy your visit and please take the time to have a good look around. Catch up on the latest Hope Rescue news, take a look at our current dogs for rehoming, find out how you can help us or learn more about the stray dog problem. Or why not join our
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Latest News....



Former WBO light-heavyweight boxing champion Nathan Cleverly has thrown his weight behind our campaign to provide free neutering for Bull Breed dogs in the CF and NP postcode areas. Hope Rescue is offering free neutering and spaying for any Bull Breed or Bull Breed cross until the end of February. This offer applies to all Bull Terrier, Mastiff and Bulldog types and crosses. The offer is open to all households IRRESPECTIVE OF INCOME.

Asked why he was happy to take time out of his busy training schedule to help Hope Rescue, dog lover Nathan said: “Neutering your dog is a smart move and will not only prevent unwanted puppies but will also help to keep your dog healthy. I’m pleased to support such an important local campaign and would urge all Bull Breed owners to take up this great offer now.”

Hope Rescue often finds itself at the forefront of dealing with the result of Bull Breeds being bred irresponsibly, many ending up in local pounds, rescues and selling sites. Over one third of all the dogs it rescues each year are Bull Breeds. The sad fact is that of the 19 puppies currently in Hope Rescue’s care, 15 are Bull Breeds, a statistic that underlines the scale of the problem.

Anyone interested in getting their Bull Breed neutered or spayed for free, can contact Hope Rescue on 07545 822919 or email enquiries@hoperescue.org.uk for more details. We will provide you with a free neutering voucher together with details of participating vets.

Those who live outside the CF and NP areas in Wales, or whose dog is not a Bull Breed, may be eligible for the £30 neutering scheme run by the Dogs Trust. Applicants need to be in receipt of a means-tested benefit and should simply take along proof of their benefit when taking the dog in to be neutered. The vet will only charge £30; the rest of the cost will be settled with the Dogs Trust directly by the vet. Details of vets that are taking part in the £30 scheme is available on 0845 606 3036.

The success of the campaign will depend on spreading the message far and wide. Please share this post with your friends and family and crosspost to relevant Facebook Pages, especially any “selling pages”. If you would like a hard glossy copy or email version of the poster to put up in your community please email enquiries@hoperescue.org.uk.


Please help us to earn valuable 'Lifelines'

Pets At Home has launched its VIP Club and if you join it, you can help us as well. If you sign up you will receive exclusive discounts and other offers, and every time you use your card when paying for shopping, pet insurance and grooming (in store and online) we will earn ‘lifelines’. Every 3 months the ‘lifelines’ will be combined and we will be issued with a gift voucher to the value of the ‘lifelines’.

Simply register by clicking on the link below. If you select the CARDIFF store then our name will come up and you can choose us, no matter where you shop.



Give the gift of Hope

Why not buy a gift with a difference this year - for a birthday or any special occasion? By sponsoring a dog, you can give someone a special present and also make a real difference to the dogs in our care.

Please click on the link below to find out more and how you can give hope to dogs in need.


What We Do At Hope Rescue

Hope Rescue is not a rescue in the conventional sense. Established in 2005, we are primarily a co-ordinating rescue. Most of our work involves moving dogs from put to sleep or emergency situations. We 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. We will also transport them to the rescue and cover many thousands of miles every month.

The majority of the dogs we deal with are strays from Local Authority pounds which would otherwise be euthanised once they have completed their statutory 7 days. You can read more about the stray dog problem and the associated issues in this article: Stray Dog Problem. The main pounds we work with are located in South Wales and the South West of England, but we also help other pounds when we have the capacity. We also help other rescues and organisations to move dogs when they are full and have dogs referred to them that they cannot take in.

"On average we move around 10 dogs a week, but at peak times this can be as high as 25 dogs, many of which are facing destruction."

We use boarding kennels in Llantrisant and Caerphilly, South Wales to hold dogs if there is a delay in their put to sleep date and a rescue space becoming available. Boarding fees are one of our highest expenses but emergency holding kennels are vital as usually there are not enough rescue spaces available, particularly for the bull breeds and other larger breeds. However, once funding allows we eventually hope to own or lease our own Rescue Centre.

Whilst we remain primarily a co-ordinating rescue we have also found it necessary to take in dogs for rehoming ourselves, as we are sometimes unable to secure rescue spaces. These may be dogs with medical problems, the oldies or some of the larger breeds such as bull breeds. We also 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. More information on fostering can be found in the Fostering area. Details of our current dogs for rehoming can be found in the Meet The Dogs area.

We are entirely self-funded, and with only one temporary paid staff member we rely on the fantastic support of our volunteers. Most of our expenses are for boarding, medical and transport costs that we cannot reclaim through rehoming fees as the dogs are rehomed by other rescues. Fundraising is therefore an uphill struggle and we are always looking for fundraising volunteers!

There are many ways you can help Hope Rescue - fundraising, transporting, fostering, make a donation, set up a direct debit, sponsor one of our long term fosters etc. More information on how you can help can be found in Ways to Help and Volunteers.

Many of our friends and supporters have generously donated time and money to help us raise the funds we need. As always, without them we would not be able to help the number of dogs that we do.

Our Kennel Costs Appeal has so far raised much-needed funds to secure spaces for dogs in need. A huge thank you must go to Pets At Home and Burns Pet Nutrition who have given us their support to maintain 8 kennels this year.

All amounts, however small, are always gratefully received and WILL make a difference. Thank you.