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 SA postcode areas. Hope Rescue is offering free neutering and spaying for any Bull Breed or Bull Breed cross - applications must be received by end May. This offer applies to all Bull Terrier, Mastiff and Bulldog types and crosses. The offer is open to all households irrespective of income.
Our fundraising is very quiet at the moment and we are really beginning to feel the pinch. We are busy planning our Winter Wonderland Auction and need make it our most successful yet. The Auction will run on our Facebook Fundraising Page from Friday 7th November until Sunday 16th but we need your help!
One of our amazing supporters, Jo, has just undertaken a challenge, the scale of which cannot be overstated! She has just completed the Deloittes Ride across Britain (RAB) – a staggering 896 miles in just 9 days. For Jo, who only took up cycling less than two years ago, this was a once-in-a-lifetime venture, one of those bucket list things. And she did it all to raise money for Hope Rescue.
It was lovely to read about happily rehomed Gracie the Whippetfairy in Dogs Today magazine this month. She was recently diagnosed with a badly damaged disc in her neck and two verterbrae compressing her spinal cord. Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick operated on her and owner Penel (from the amazing Penel Malby Photography) is delighted with her recovery. Gracie was one of the first dogs we rehomed back in March 2006 - we can't believe she is almost 10 years old now!
I think most of us who were followers of Hope remember the day that Sapphire arrived. I was humbled, angered, saddened, frustrated and my heart melted when I read that, even though she must have been frightened, confused and in pain, that she leaned on Ali, our Rescue Manager, when she went to see her the following day. Sapphire touched all of us but I had no thought about adopting her, I never fell for her and I didn’t “need” her. Sapphire was just another black Lurcher and I wasn’t stupid enough to want one of those was I?
We were over the moon to win the Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Team of the Year award earlier this week. We had a great evening at the ceremony but the award is so much more than a good night out. This award recognises the hard work of Ali and all of our fantastic volunteer team and everyone should feel very proud. There were over 5,500 entries overall and for a small rescue like us to win is nothing short of amazing. It shows that although we may not have a lot of resources, we are still recognised as providing a quality service to the best of our abilities.
Anyone recognise the glamorous supermodel gracing the cover of next months Dogs Today Magazine? It is none other than our beautiful Sapphire! She still bears the scars of her ordeal but this photo sums up her resilience and character beautifully. Make sure you grab a copy to read her story!