We did it – Hope Rescue now has its very own rescue centre!
It has taken 12 years to reach this point and we “moved in” on Friday, 24 March. This has been quite a journey and we feel an incredible sense of pride in everything achieved by Team Hope. And what a team it is - volunteers, staff, stakeholders and supporters – they have all been part of our amazing journey.
We have taken over the existing boarding kennels and will be offering commercial boarding for up to 20 dogs; more details will follow on that. For the time being we are also boarding cats as we are honouring existing bookings, but our longer-term plan is to convert the cattery in to a stray dog isolation facility (subject to funding). The two existing kennel staff have joined the Hope Team as Animal Welfare Assistants and the Live-in Animal Welfare Supervisor has also started work.
Our longer-term dogs have just moved over from our existing boarding kennels and the stray dogs that have completed their seven days from Torfaen CBC and Merthyr CBC will also start to move over the same week. We are still discussing a start date for the RCT CBC stray dog contract and will be issuing some joint communications with the Council once the arrangements have been confirmed.
We have also appointed our Welfare and Adoption team who start on Monday 10 April and they will bring a wealth of animal welfare, behavioural, training and clinical experience with them gained at Dogs Trust and RSPCA. We hope to be in a position to start taking in owner surrenders from mid-April. While we will continue to work with other charities such as the Blue Cross and Battersea to take our dogs, the new centre will also have its own adoption block. Foster homes will still have an essential role to play for the very young, old, poorly and kennel stressed dogs.
Volunteer recruitment has already started and we held two successful recruitment events attended by over 60 potential volunteers. Further volunteer recruitment events will be announced shortly so please watch this space. Induction and training will commence mid-April when the Welfare and Adoption staff start work.
The plan is for the Hope Rescue Centre to be open to public visitors from 1 May 2017. We will also be hosting a Hope Heroes event a few days prior to the opening to say thank you to our lovely Rescue Centre fundraisers and crowdfunders. The official opening ceremony will then be held in June.
We will aim to post more updates on progress so please keep checking here and on our Facebook page.
Please note that general enquiries will now be on 01443 226659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org