The finalists at this year’s Petplan and Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) Awards include none other than Hope Rescue’s very own Rescue Manager, Alison Ling.
Ali has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Animal Charity Employee of the Year category.
As one of a very small staff team, and the only paid member of operational rescue staff, Ali’s role is incredibly difficult. Having an open intake policy for the pounds means that the number of dogs coming into Hope’s care varies each week, and some of them present challenges that are hard to anticipate.
Simba, a nine month old blind Toy Poodle, became the centre of attention at an event organised by the Students Union at Cardiff University. Part of their “Student Minds” programme, this is the second year that Hope Rescue has supported them by taking along dogs to meet some of their students.
A very sad story to tell - sometimes the positive outcomes are just out of reach!
Recently as gentle soul came into the care of Hope Rescue but it was too late to help her. She was given the name Hannah and her plight touched the hearts of everyone. As a result, our Chair of Trustees penned an open letter to her owner on Facebook, which was subsequently picked up by some sections of the media, from the Daily Express to the Examiner in the USA.
Preparations are already underway for the summer show season and the first big event will be the Fun Dog Show at Machen Agricultural Show on Saturday 2nd July 2016.
Despite lots of publicity in the press and on social media, there are still dogs coming through the pounds that are not microchipped.
Time is running out to comply with the new legislation which comes in to force in England, Scotland and Wales on April 6th 2016. From this date every dog will need to be microchipped and the keeper's contact details registered on a database.
Failure to comply could result in a £500 fine.
Hope Rescue will be making an appearance on the Adaptil Crufts stand on Saturday, March 12.
Two of our Trustees, Vanessa and Kate, will be joining their Hope dogs Poppy the 8 year old Patterdale and Fflur the 2 and a half year old cross breed.
Poppy came into Hope's care seven years ago as a heavily pregnant stray, giving birth on Christmas Day. Vanessa's parents were visiting on Christmas day and fell in love with Poppy and ended up adopting her once the pups went to their new homes!
There appears to be a worrying trend of finders holding on to stray dogs rather than phoning the dog warden or taking them to the pound. Although this may be very well-intentioned, there are unscrupulous people out there who will try to falsely claim found dogs. This reinforces the need to ensure that stray dogs are dealt with in accordance with the law.
We will be at Pets At Home tomorrow in Newport from 10am - 4pm.
Please pop along if you can to help us raise funds and awareness or just to say hello, we would love to see you there.
A huge 'Hope Thank You' goes to Lush in Cardiff for hosting a Charity Pot weekend to help raise funds for us.
It was a fantastic day with lots of Hope Rescue dogs coming to help (along with their humans). The staff at Lush were really supportive and they thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We will be holding a Spring Fayre at Mount Pleasant Hall, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran on Saturday 5th March between 12.30 and 3.30pm.
Plenty of free parking.
Stalls will include: Handmade by Hope, Doggy Deli, Teddy tombola, dog collars, leads etc, cakes and refreshments and a raffle.
Well behaved dogs are welcome.
All offers of help on the day greatly appreciated. If you can help, please email email@example.com