Rescue Remedies Charity Dog Walk

On Saturday 15th October 2011 Rescue Remedies will be hosting a charity dog walk in conjunction with BIGGSD and GSDVIGIL.

The entry fee is £10 per dog (or per family). Your £10 entry fee will go to the charity of your choice.

The venue is FRISTON FOREST, SEVEN SISTERS COUNTRY PARK, EAST SUSSEX, BN25 4AJ. This postcode will get you to Charleston Manor which is less than half a mile away – with Charleston Manor on your left you carry on towards the A259 (Exceat) – keep an eye open for the first Forestry car park on your left – if you get to a tiny left hand turn signposted to West Dean Church or the A259 you’ve gone too far.

Please arrive by 10.15am to register and have photographs taken! The main walk is 8 miles, with a stop off for lunch (please bring a packed lunch). However there will also be a shorter walk running of approx 4 miles. Don’t forget to bring suitable footwear/attire and water for your dog/s.

We would love to catch up with old friends! We will also be bringing as many of our current kennel dogs as we can. Please note that ALL dogs must be kept on a lead.

So if you would like to join us and raise some much needed funds for RESCUE REMEDIES, and join in on a fantastic social opportunity for your dog, then please do come along!

Details on the event can be found by by clicking this link here.

‘Barking Mad’ Fun Dog Show In Aid of Hope Rescue This Bank Holiday Monday

Caerphilly based Hope Rescue is holding its annual ‘Barking Mad’ Fun Dog Show on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August at Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson. Gates open at 10am, entries for the dog show from 11am with judging starting at 12noon.

It will be a fun day out for all the family, with trade and charity stalls, refreshments, raffles, displays, demonstrations, have-a-go-agility and the fun dog show.

Entry is free and car parking is available at a small charge.

The money raised for Hope Rescue will go directly to support over 70 dogs dogs in its care. The dogs are waiting for new, forever homes and are either in temporary (emergency) kennels in Caerphilly or Coed Ely, Nr Cardiff, or in one of Hope’s foster homes across the UK. There are also a number of dogs in Hope’s care that require ongoing medical treatment and some who need special care as part of Hope Rescue’s Long Term Foster scheme.

Help Dogs In Bath At Charity’s Annual Sponsored Dog Walk

Bath Cats and Dogs Home is calling all walking enthusiasts and their pets to dust off their walking boots and put their best paw forward at its annual Bath Skyline sponsored walk, the “Wag Walk”, on Sunday 8 May

This year walkers can bring either their own pet or alternatively take one or more of the Home’s four legged companions – not both, and they have the option of participating in either a three or six mile National Trust trail walk across Bath’s beautiful skyline. The terrain combines public rights of way, wooded areas, flat grounds and hills and takes in stunning views across the city and surrounding countryside.

The event commences from the Home’s Claverton Down site at 10am, although walkers will leave at staggered intervals between 10 – 11am to avoid congestion. The walk takes in the stunning city views from the University and Widcombe and finishes at Rainbow Woods. Free parking is available at the site.

Rachel Phelps-Allen, spokesperson, comments: “The Wag Walk is a great opportunity for individuals, couples, families or groups of friends to have a fun day out in the fresh air, whilst raising crucial funds to help care for our hundreds of needy animals. We are trying to encourage walkers to take one or more of our dogs out to ensure all our dogs on site will be able to take part in the event this year. This event is always popular and attracts hundreds of enthusiastic walkers. Walkers should allow around three hours, including a picnic stop, to complete the walk and are advised to wear suitable footwear, to bring wet weather clothing and their own lead, if at all possible, and, in case of hot weather, should ensure sufficient water for their dogs and themselves is available. Poo bags will be provided on arrival and well-deserved refreshments will be available after the walk. This is a great way to get fit and help our animals at the same time! Please get involved!”

Anyone interested in taking part in the “Wag Walk”, should call the Fundraising Department on 01225 787334 for a registration pack and sponsorship form. Alternatively, registration form can be downloaded from All participants completing the course will be presented with a certificate, whilst dogs will receive treats.

The animal charity is hoping to raise crucial funds towards its £3,000 daily running costs needed to care for the 3,000 unwanted dogs, cats and small animals, which are re-homed each year.

Hope Rescue Launches Online Fundraising Competition

Hope Rescue is launching an urgent appeal to raise £3,000 to help unwanted dogs who are waiting patiently to find a foster home or their forever family. The fundraising effort is focused on a virtual dog show – complete with stalls, an auction and an online photographic competition!

A number of celebrity judges have very kindly agreed to help with the online photo competition – world-renowned dog trainer and author Victoria Stilwell; Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of “Formula 1 Supremo” Bernie Ecclestone; Television presenter, author and wildlife expert, Chris Packham; and Editor of ‘Dogs Today’ magazine, Beverley Cuddy.

The Hope Rescue Virtual Dog Show will run from 9pm Sunday 6th March to 9pm Sunday 13th March

Hope Rescue, based in Caerphilly, currently has more dogs in its care than at any time during its 6 year history. The situation reached crisis point in the New Year and has shown no signs of improving since then. There are currently 70 dogs in its care, with another 18 in the local authority pound waiting for a place – not to mention the ever-growing number of dogs on its surrender list.

The last 2 months has seen an unprecedented number of strays come in and the costs associated with finding a place of safety for these dogs – whether in a foster home, with another rescue or in Hope’s emergency kennels – has hit the charity exceptionally hard.

Hope leases private boarding kennel spaces as a “half way house” for those dogs in the pound that have completed their 7 days but do not have a foster home or rescue space secured. These kennel spaces literally are lifesavers, without them many of the less popular breeds, or harder to rehome dogs, would be euthanised.

During the last 2 months, Hope Rescue has kept an average of between 14 to 18 dogs in kennels at any one time. Many of these dogs are bull breeds and crosses, which are difficult to find foster or rescue spaces for through no fault of their own – it is often simply a matter of too many dogs resulting from over breeding.

The current kennel bills are in excess of £3,000 a month, without taking into account the associated vets bills and transport costs for 70 dogs. There are several dogs undergoing exploratory vet work for a variety of medical conditions, in addition to the day to day vet costs for neutering, vaccinations, worm and flea treatment and micro-chipping.

The aim of this Appeal is to raise £3000 – the equivalent of one month’s kennel costs – so Hope is asking for supporters to dig deep as the dogs lives are depending on it.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Appeal, can do so safely through the Hope Rescue Justgiving page:

Hope Rescue is always looking for more people willing to give a dog a second chance through fostering. Anyone interested in becoming a foster home should contact Hope Rescue on 07545 822919 or email

Open Days At Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Blidworth

If you’re looking for somewhere to go this Summer, the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Open Day could provide the perfect day out!

Based in Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, Jerry Green Dog Rescue are hosting Open Days on Monday 30th May 2011 and
Sunday 21st August 2011. Normally a great day out, supporting a fantastic local rescue.

For further details visit or telephone 01623 792886.

Bath Cats & Dogs Home Launches Christmas Appeal

Bath Cats & Dogs Home is today launching its Hope for Christmas Appeal to help raise £40,000 towards purchasing every-day equipment and care to sustain its rescue dogs, cats and small animals over the festive season.

The animal centre continues to face tough times financially and it hopes its Hope For Christmas Appeal will encourage animal lovers across the region to spare a few pounds to help with the everyday costs involved with caring for its hundreds of rescue animals, including warmth and care; routine  injections; vet care; re-habilitation with a behaviourist; food and shelter. £40,000 will sustain all the Home’s animals with all aspects of their care for a month.

Bath Rugby prop and England ace, David Flatman, is supporting the campaign and says: “We rescued one of our dogs from the animal centre a few years ago and you couldn’t meet a bigger softie! He’s great! The centre do a really fantastic job rescuing and re-habilitating local animals, some of which have suffered the most appalling abuse. I am really pleased to be able to lend my support to Bath Cats and Dogs Home and wish them lots of luck with their Hope Appeal.”

Take Flower, pictured below. Flower is a two year-old Lurcher who was attacked by dogs and ran into the path of a car. She was covered in wounds on her feet, legs and flanks, with deep wounds in her neck and back. Flower’s ongoing medical re-habilitation treatment has already cost the Home £2,000. Its in-house veterinary suite has cared for her, using equipment and bandages bought with the public’s donations. She will stay at the shelter for several weeks longer and her warm bed and food will cost around £400.

She is now micro-chipped and her injections, flea and worm treatments are up to date, which cost around £100 (she will also be neutered at a later date costing anywhere in the region of £70-£150). She will spend time with expert canine behaviourists, will have socialisation lessons and gentle training to help her build trust with the staff that care for her and so become more open to potential new owners. These classes would cost £4 each.

When the right person comes in who wants to give her a loving home, we will ask for just a £110 donation. Flower is just one story. Now multiply her case by 800 dogs, 860 cats and 150 rabbits, ferrets and rodents and you have 1,810 stories that we can tell you in one year.

Sarah Thorn, fundraising manager, comments: “We continue to be inundated with hundreds of innocent strays, like Flower, who come to us both injured and abused through no fault of their own. We are facing tough times, with more animals than ever needing our help. Our annual costs have risen over the last three years by almost £200,000 and we are launching our Hope at Christmas Appeal to cover the cost of caring for all our animals during the festive period. We need money for life-saving emergency medicine, intensive rehabilitation, food, warmth and care. Please help us make a difference to the victims of the most appalling suffering and help us give a happy ending to our animals. Give an animal a gift of hope for Christmas.”

To donate to the Hope Appeal you can give online at, or contact the fundraising team on: 01225 787334 or send a cheque made payable to Bath Cats and Dogs Home to The Avenue, Claverton Down. Bath. BA2 7AZ

Alternatively you can visit our website at for more information.

Must-Read Advice For Anyone Considering Adopting A Dog

For many, the idea of adopting or ‘rescuing’ a dog carries with it a certain image. Some people mistakenly look at dog adoption as if it’s buying cheap, discounted or broken goods. But, according to an initiative between national dog adoption website and Butcher’s Pet Care, a UK family company that prides itself in having fed generations of family dog, with tasty recipes that are free from any artificial colours flavours or preservatives; nothing could be further from the truth.

As more and more dogs find themselves, through no fault of their own, inside the British dog shelter system, the image of the ‘rescue dog’ is in need of an update.

No longer are shelters the preserve of the ‘problem dog’, but they are packed with dogs of all types, from all manner of backgrounds. We’re now at our final top tip for new dog owners – we hope you’ve found your search for a new companion a truly great experience and are now well and truly ‘sold’ on the idea of adopting a dog but incase you’re still debating the issue we’d like to introduce some friends.

Tara Banana, an older Boxer girl was looking for a new home when she was discovered by The Townsend family.

Owner Darrell Townsend says, “ We had initially gone out to look for a companion for our 3 year old boxer Lola and was looking on the charity websites for a dog of similar breed and age when we came across and saw a video of Tara in all her glory, playing around as if she was still a pup!

My wife Vikki, our two girls (Olivia and Amy) and I, just fell in love with her. We pondered over whether Lola would be too active for 9 year old dog but Tara looked in good shape and seemed really playful, so we decided to enquire. Tara and Amy are inseparable and she always looks for her when she gets up in the morning and when she is due home from school. She has finally found a loving family and place she can call her forever home.”

Read more about her story @

Young puppy Rebecca, now Mutley, found herself looking for a new home at a time most dogs should be enjoying their start in life.

Aged 10-11 weeks old, this Collie cross girl found herself in the care of Dorset Dog Rescue when Lee Hersley discovered her on Lee was looking for another dog to join their family and had started looking at adoption as the perfect way to find a new dog. Owner Lee Hersley says, “We have nothing but fun together and she has settled into our family perfectly. She loves her new big sister Lucky, who has had to adjust to Mutley’s presence but has done so really well. At first Lucky was jealous but now she plays with Mutley every day and looks out for her when they are around other dogs.”
Read more about her story @

There are an estimated 100k dogs in adoption centres around Britain. Sometimes dogs arrive in rescue centres through natural causes such as owners passing away. Very often though dogs are simply abandoned for no other reason that poor decisions on behalf of hasty owners. Please, please, please take on board all of the information about what it takes to maintain a dog in a happy home. Dogs really are a lifelong commitment and they deserve the security of a stable home environment. You CAN get a superb, lifelong companion from a rescue…but be absolutely certain you are ready for the challenge. If you are, you will enjoy a relationship like no other!

But if you’d rather hear the stories from people who have adopted themselves, visit to read stories about wonderful dogs of all ages now happy in their new homes.

National Dog Adoption Month is running this September, be part of something special – bring joy, adopt a dog. Visit to find the dog of your dreams.

>> Worth a look: Find out more about Pet Insurance and protect your pet’s health today!

The Hope Rescue Name Game – Choosing A Name For A Puppy

Being an expectant Mum can be stressful, but for one young Lurcher it was doubly so – she found herself in Newport Pound with no home and an uncertain future.

Hope Rescue stepped in and found her a fantastic foster home willing to take care of the heavily pregnant ‘mum to be’. She settled into her foster home easily and it was clear to her foster mum that she had most definitely been a pet as she knew all about stairs, kitchens, mealtimes, household appliances etc. Very polite and easy going, she found herself a dog bed to lie on upstairs at bedtime and settled in really well after only one day! She was given a new name, Seren, and everyone was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her puppies.

As a rescue dealing with stray and abandoned dogs, Hope thinks of new names on a daily basis, often to replace a number from the pound or to give a dog a fresh start. This time because the puppies were to be born in a Hope foster home, it was decided to launch a competition to ‘name the puppies’.

The latest news is that Seren gave birth on 18th September to 2 lovely little girls – both are very well and ‘puppy-plump’ and Seren is proving to be an excellent mother.

For a £1 donation, you can name the pups – the draw will be made when they are 14 days old.  The money raised will go towards the care of Seren, her puppies and the many other dogs Hope Rescue looks after each year.

Please add your suggestion to the Hope Rescue Forum after you have made your donation through PayPal or Just Giving

Please add ‘The Name Game’ and your forum username in the notes area for each payment.

Alternatively you can send your suggestions through the post, just email and a form will be sent out to you. If you would like a copy of the suggestion form for your workplace or club you attend, please email the above address and one will be sent out to you.

There is no limit to the number of suggestions you can give so let your imagination run wild!

Special Foster Carer Appeal from Furry Friends Animal Rescue

This is Tara who arrived in rescue today, she is a 7 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross and came in as an unwanted pet. Tara was due to be put to sleep yesterday but we took her in to stop this happening. Tara has lived in a crate for the majority of her life and has been used as a breeding bitch for most of her life. She was unwanted after she jumped up against the new babies empty cot after escaping from her crate and the woman felt this meant that she wanted to attack the baby. Tara has got a wonderful temperament with people and makes a very good house dog.

Tara is currently in foster care but in URGENT need of a new foster or permenant home.

If you can help, please contact Emma by telephoning 0797 356 9371 / 020 8407 1080 or email