The good news is that the Hope Rescue Charity Shop in Pontypridd is full to bursting with lovely donations. Unfortunately due to a lack of regular volunteers, it has become necessary to do a big sort out to ensure that the shop has new stock and a well-organised shop floor.
So there will be a big "Charity Shop Sort Out" on Sunday 24th, Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th April, with the shop closed for business on all of these days.
A huge "Hope Rescue Thank You" goes to the Petplan Charitable Trust for the award of a £5,000 grant towards the cost of vet fees for our dogs.
Hope Rescue will not turn its back on a dog in need, irrespective of age, breed or medical condition. The cost of veterinary care is the second largest expense we have after kennel fees, so this grant will help significantly with the care we give to our dogs.
You can read more about the work of the Trust here.
We have been working hard since June last year to change over the Hope Rescue microchips into the name of the adopters (with Hope Rescue as a secondary contact) in preparation for compliance with the new legislation, which came into effect on 6th April.
Please meet Madge, an elegant beauty who is still looking for a home. After a very unsettled start in life, she needs a calm and experienced home preferably as the only dog but could possibly live with another relaxed and friendly dog. She cannot live with cats or other small animals.
Please contact Hope Rescue if you can offer this lovely 'young at heart' veteran a foster or forever home. He needs to move from his current foster home through no fault of his own.
Our pets mean the world to us, so why not come along to a special service on Sunday, May 22nd.
There will be a "Pet Blessing" at St Illtyd's Church in Oakdale Road, Penrhiwfer at 3.30pm - all pets welcome.
REMINDER FOR ALL ADOPTERS OF HOPE RESCUE DOGS
As you are no doubt aware, the law is changing and with effect from 6th April 2016 all dogs must be legally microchipped to their owners.
The finalists at this year’s Petplan and Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) Awards include none other than Hope Rescue’s very own Rescue Manager, Alison Ling.
Ali has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Animal Charity Employee of the Year category.
As one of a very small staff team, and the only paid member of operational rescue staff, Ali’s role is incredibly difficult. Having an open intake policy for the pounds means that the number of dogs coming into Hope’s care varies each week, and some of them present challenges that are hard to anticipate.
Simba, a nine month old blind Toy Poodle, became the centre of attention at an event organised by the Students Union at Cardiff University. Part of their “Student Minds” programme, this is the second year that Hope Rescue has supported them by taking along dogs to meet some of their students.
A very sad story to tell - sometimes the positive outcomes are just out of reach!
Recently as gentle soul came into the care of Hope Rescue but it was too late to help her. She was given the name Hannah and her plight touched the hearts of everyone. As a result, our Chair of Trustees penned an open letter to her owner on Facebook, which was subsequently picked up by some sections of the media, from the Daily Express to the Examiner in the USA.