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 intrepid Chair of Trustees undertook an amazing challenge to raise funds – nothing like leading from the front (or rather from the air!).
Vanessa (Ness) took to the skies above Sussex in an small ex-military aircraft (appropriately called a Bulldog!) to do aerobatics - looping the loop and all manner of hair raising stunts - to raise much-needed funds for our Sensory Garden.
Thankfully we can report that she not only survived the flight without any panics or air sickness, but she loved every minute of it!
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.
Our search for a location to set up our very first charity shop has made great progress. We have found a premises in Pontypridd, and it looks as if it could meet all of our requirements. Although we have some very clear ideas of how we want it to look and feel, we will need some professional help to make those ideas a reality.
Are you an interior designer or do you know someone who would be able to help us? This project will be a stretch for us so if possible, we would be very grateful if the advice could be pro bono, or at very minimal cost.
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?
Does anyone watch "50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy"? If so then you would have seen Mammy petrified as she takes to the skies in a vintage military aircraft - the same challenge I will be undertaking. I have to say it hasn't helped my nerves one little bit! But I am determined to do my friend Catherine (who donated the challenge due to her ill health) and Hope Rescue proud and hopefully achieve my £2,000 target.
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.