We have finally managed to get our new van sign written and we think it looks amazing! The graphics feature two of our happily rehomed dogs - Boo and Millie. We are so grateful to the PawPrint Charitable Trust for their £15k donation which enabled us to buy the van, and also to the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and Monmouthshire Building Society for their donations.
Sapphire, a young lurcher with horrific burns, has received treatment at Summerhill Vets in Newport and will soon move to a foster home where she can continue to recover from her terrible ordeal and receive the treatment she needs.
The appeal to help fund the expensive treatment and ongoing care that Sapphire needs was launched on Monday evening via social networking sites. The original target was to raise around £1500 to cover the costs of her treatment which would potentially also include skin grafts.
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?