Hope Rescue was established by our Transformation Manager, Vanessa Waddon in 2005. The majority of the dogs we help are stray dogs from Local Authority pounds who would otherwise be destroyed after completing their statutory 7 days in the pound.. We commit to take all the stray dogs from six Local Authorities in South Wales – Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Blaenau Gwent CBC, Bridgend County Borough Council, Vale of Glamorgan (West) and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Our ethos is that “no-one gets left behind irresepctive of age, breed or medical condition". We also take in dogs from owners who can no longer care for them.
After operating from commercial boarding kennels and foster homes for 12 years we finally purchased our own rescue centre in Llanharan, South Wales in April 2017. The was made possible thanks to a mortgage for Charity Bank, loan form WCVA's Community Investment Fund and support from the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government. The centre has space for 40 rescue dogs, with 18 acres of private woodland, two exercise paddocks, an indoor training centre and grooming room. We also offer commercial boarding to the public for up to 20 dogs to support the financial sustainability of the charity. Since the closure of Dinas pound in June 2017, we also have the Rhondaa Cynon Taf CBC stray dog kennelling contract as well as the Bridgend CBC and Vale of Glamorgan (West) contracts. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs please note that viewing is strictly by appointment only and details of the adoption process can be found here: http://www.hoperescue.org.uk/dogs/adopting-a-hope-rescue-dog.
As well as as rehoming from the centre, we also work with a number of national and independent rescues including Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to take our dogs. The co-ordination of rescue spaces enables us to significantly increase the number of dogs we help and ensures we are using our resources as efficently and effectively as possible without over-committing. Our two rescue vans cover many thousands of miles every year transporting our dogs to their rescue spaces.
We feel passionately that our role is not simply to deal with the consequences of irresponsible ownership, but to also tackle the root causes and reduce the number of dogs needing to access the animal welfare system. We also believe in the valuable pastoral and therapeutic role that dogs can play in our local community. Our “Hope in the Community” outreach work comprises:
- Canine respite scheme supporting owners in crisis to keep their pets, for example domestic abuse, homlessness or hospitalisation (through referral agenices only)
- Providing pet food and other pet sundries to food banks and support organisations helping owners on low income or living on the streets
- Providing volunteering and work expereince opportunities for all sectors of the community
- Visiting establishments such as special schools, day centres and residential homes with our dogs
- Campaigning for legislative change
- Promoting responsible ownership through education and community projects