10 ways to help a rescue dog in 2019

At Hope Rescue we really value the help that our supporters, volunteers and donors provide. Your support keeps the rescue dogs healthy and happy on their journey to their forever homes. During 2019 we expect to see more than 800 dogs come through our rescue centre in Llanharan, that's a huge number of stray and abandoned animals who need our help. So we've put together a list of the top 10 things you could do this year to help them.

1. Foster a rescue dog

We're keen to add more members to our foster homes team. All of our foster carers are dog loving volunteers who have some dog knowledge or experience. Foster dogs are usually very young, old, recovering from surgery or those that do not cope well with being in kennels. You will help us to find out what they are like around other dogs and possibly cats, as well as with children, and this will help us to get the right home for them. Each foster home will be carefully matched with each foster dog and all expenses associated with the care of your foster dog such as vet fees are covered by Hope Rescue. There is no set time frame for the dog to be in the home, but it can range from a few days to a few months.

If you are interested in fostering for Hope Rescue please complete a Foster Application form here

2. Knit a jumper

Our Handmade by Hope team craft beautiful items for sale in our Charity Shop and at our many events throughout the year. From knitted dog coats and crocheted poo-bag holders to handmade toys and jewellery, every item helps us to raise much needed funds for the rescue dogs. You can bring your handmade items into the rescue centre yourself or why not pop them in the post to Hope Rescue, Cynllan Lodge, Old Llanharry Road, Llanharan CF72 9NH. If you're local to South Wales you could also join our regular craft groups to share materials and ideas whilst also having a chat and a cuppa with like-minded people. Please email fundraising@hoperescue.org.uk for more information.

3. Buy a coffee

Did you know that our Charity Shop in Pontypridd has a dog-friendly coffee shop? You can enjoy a drink and a piece of cake for just £2.50, and there are delicious treats for your four-legged friend including Frozzy's iced treats. You can find us at 77 Taff Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4SU, open 9-5 Monday-Saturday. Why not take a stroll in the beautiful Ynysangharad Park and join us to warm up afterwards? All profits raised in the Hope Rescue Charity Shop are used to care for the rescue dogs.

4. Donate your birthday

You can set up a Facebook fundraiser to ask for donations to your favourite charity in place of gifts or cards, simply visit our Facebook page or follow the prompts on your Facebook account in the two weeks leading up to your birthday. You can create a fundraising page for any other celebration such as an anniversary or for your rescue dog's gotcha day too.

5. Buy a beer

The folks at Dog's Window Brewery in Bridgend have created a special Hope beer to raise awareness and funds for the rescue dogs, with 10% of the profits of each sale coming to Hope Rescue. Hope is a traditional British style golden ale with light floral and citrus flavours with a hint of spice

You can buy online here or from local stockists listed on their website.

6. Sponsor a kennel

By making a regular donation, you will help us to say 'yes' to even more stray and abandoned dogs. Plus you will have your name, or that of a friend or loved one, displayed on a kennel at the Rescue Centre. Click here to sponsor a kennel for just £10 per month. 

7. Clear out your clutter

We have an amazing charity shop with a difference in Pontypridd. Thanks to funding from Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC and the Welsh Church Act, our shop has been transformed following a major refurbishment and has earned the nickname of “the poshest shop in Ponty”.
Our shop sells everything from dog treats and toys, clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories, to books, DVDs, housewares, small furniture, electrical items and children’s toys. We also have a dog-friendly coffee shop selling a selection of hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes. We would be grateful for donations of good quality items that we can sell, especially seasonla clothing, good quality shoes, modern fiction books and children's toys. Parking is available on the street outside the shop before 11a.m. (drop off only) and after 3pm, otherwise there are public car parks close by.
The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9-5. The address is 77 Taff Street, Pontypridd CF37 4SU. You can get in touch on 01443 405360 or charityshop@hoperescue.org.uk 

8. Share a post

We use social media to keep our supporters up to date with our work and to promote the dogs who are currently looking for new homes. Some of our dogs move into new homes within a matter of weeks, whilst some have a longer wait for their forever family. We believe in the power of social media to help to find the perfect home for each of our dogs, so why not share a post or two to help? You can follow us on Facebook or on Twitter

9. Take on a new challenge

Take on the challenge of a lifetime and skydive for Hope! A tandem skydive is the ideal first jump – you will experience the thrill of freefall and enjoy a high performance canopy ride whilst attached to a fully qualified instructor. You will be jumping from up to 12,000 feet. It takes around 15 minutes for the aircraft to reach altitude so you will have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views. You will be freefalling at 120mph for about 45 seconds. Your instructor will deploy the parachute by 5,000 feet. The parachute has dual controls so you can aid the instructor by spiralling the parachute around the sky. All in all it is an experience guaranteed to take your breath away.  Regoster your interest by emailling fundraising@hoperescue.org.uk 

10. Adopt a Hope Rescue dog

Arguably, the best way to help a rescue dog is to welcome them into your family. It's a truely rewarding experience and we know that you will get much more out than the effort that you put in. Whilst we do have some basic adoption criteria, they are guidelines as opposed to blanket policies. We try to be flexible to match the needs of the individual dog and the suitability of the home offered. Each dog will have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their adoption information.

For details of the dogs currently available for adoption, please click the Dogs tab above and for more information about the adoption process, please read here