We have just received the amazing news that we've been awarded £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund for our sensory garden project at our rescue centre. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us!
The sensory garden will comprise a secure dog-proof fenced area at the top of our garden orchard, containing scented plants, water features, sand, gravel and textured surfaces, calming sounds and stimulating toys and agility equipment.
One of our fantastic foster homes sent us this short note about why she fosters:
"Why I foster.
Unfortunately, Croft Rescue Kennels are no longer able to provide kennelling services or undertake out-of-hour collections for stray dogs within Bridgend County Borough Council. While a contract with a new service provider is being arranged, Hope Rescue have offered their services to accept strays.
There are many ways you can help us make a difference by undertaking your own fundraising, or with your friends and work colleagues. We have suggested some ideas here - just let us know what you are doing and we can provide any support and promotion needed.
Or why not take part in one of our fantastic challenge events during 2018?
Whether you want to trek or run, swim or slim, we have an event to suit you.
"As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 I just wanted to say a few words. Although I had volunteered for Hope Rescue for a number of years, it was not until I became a Trustee last year and then Chair of Trustees in March of this year that I truly realised just how much hard work goes into running a rescue. Much of that work is largely unseen by the public but without that selfless dedication, unwavering enthusiasm and at times, utter stubbornness, of staff and volunteers alike to help dogs in need, we would not be where we are today.
Donate to our Cosy Kennels campaign to give all of our rescue dogs a wonderful time this Christmas, including a stocking stuffed with treats and a scrummy turkey dinner.
Hope Rescue is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all of the stray and abandoned dogs in our care. Your donation will ensure that all of the dogs in our rescue centre will be able to share in the festive spirit and have some extra treats to enjoy.
The Hope Rescue 2018 calendar is now available to buy. It includes stunning photographs of some of our rescue dogs and would make a lovely Christmas gift.
You can buy the calendar at our charity shop in Pontypridd, at our rescue centre in Llanharan or you can order online here.
Price £5 each or 3 for £12.50.
Our Cosy Kennels Appeal is now live and your gift can be doubled at no extra cost to you.
You gift will give dogs like Sheeran (pictured) a very merry Christmas at Hope, with a scrummy turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a stocking stuffed with treats delivered by Santa Paws himself.
Petplan and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) Animal Charity Awards celebrate outstanding animal charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK who go that extra mile to help rescue and rehome animals in need. These awards provide an opportunity to recognise the dedication and commitment of charities and give pet owners a chance to say 'thank you'.
Please vote for Hope Rescue to benefit from Aviva's Community Fund.
Our rescue dogs need you and we have less than 24 hours! We need to reach the Top 8 projects to win the chance to secure £25,000 funding from Aviva for a Sensory Garden and Home from Home room at our rescue centre. We are doing a final push before voting closes at 12 p.m. tomorrow. We need another 3,000 votes to take us to 10,000 - that is just 300 dog lovers casting their 10 votes each.