Rosy, another of our wonderful Hope Rescue volunteers, has taken up the challenge to spend time ‘in the dog house’ to raise money as part of our kennel fundraising appeal. The appeal aims to raise £10,000 to tile the floors of 60 kennels which will improve the health and welfare of the dogs in its care.
A local property management company, Rhondda Development Co Ltd, has come forward to do the work for free, so we just need to raise the money to pay for materials.
Now that Valentine's Day is over for another year we want to keep our dogs looking for love firmly in the spotlight.
We have some wonderful older dogs waiting to find a loving family - could that be you?
The lovely ladies include: Becky, a 13 year old Beagle Cross; Lady, an 11 year old Labrador; Melody, a 13 year old Schnauzer Cross and Shadow, a 13 year old Terrier.
We feel very proud and honoured to share the good news that we have received both the Good Governance and Most Admired Organisation awards at the prestigious Third Sector Cymru Awards announced recently.
Receiving any award is always good, but to know that the work of Team Hope has been recognised in this way is extremely humbling.
Our philosophy is always to recognise the achievements of the team, rather than singling out individuals, so a huge 'Hope Thank You' goes to everyone who has supported us over the years.
Most dog owners are now aware of the legal requirement to microchip their dogs but may not be aware of the requirement that they must also wear a collar and identification.
We are holding a Crabtree & Evelyn discount shopping event at their flagship store in The Hayes, Cardiff on Friday 2 March 2018, between 6pm and 8pm.
All proceeds from the evening will help us to care for dogs in need in South Wales.
This is perfect timing to buy a lovely gift for Mother's Day on Sunday 11 March. Why not bring your mum along on the night too?
Tickets are just £5 and you will also receive:
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.