Making a difference... One dog at a time

A dog is FUREVER

As you are all aware we try our very best for all our dogs and spend a lot of time, effort and money helping them into Furever Homes. We have a thorough home check and vetting process, we encourage time, opportunity and chance to get to know the dog properly before taking them home, and as a result we find some totally fantastic homes for our dogs – thank you!

When we receive an application from someone who tells us they are “very flexible and very committed” and they go on to list all the things they will do to help a dog settle, we get encouraged, and we do the home check, we arrange a meeting, we pay for specialist behavioural support if the dog has perhaps been in kennels a long time or has specific needs and we do all of that willingly and with total enthusiasm and commitment – after all, this is to be a Furever Home and the dog’s wellbeing is paramount.

We even do follow up checks and again pay for 1:1 advice and training, again in the belief that we are doing our bit to help a dog have a great life – to be free from kennels, to be happy, safe and loved Furever by a family of their own. And we fundraise tirelessly to cover all costs in this approach – believing we are doing our very best and taking time and slow and steady and step by step so that the dog is known and understood by the new family and that they have our full support.

We do ALL of that and more besides so that a dog doesn’t get returned to kennels as that just messes with their minds. They are already with us because they have been “abandoned” (for whatever reason) by people who they were attached to/lived with and we know that every time they are rejected it adds a layer of anxiety onto what was already there. We do what we do for the dogs to save them having to experience that rejection and returning to kennels – they have no idea what they have done wrong, and in fairness, in most cases they haven’t – but all they know is this is different again, and they are confused and a level of anxiety adds to what was already there before.

We believe in our process. We are committed to our dogs, We will fund whatever support a family need to give that dog the home it deserves and the chance it needs and we will work tirelessly to make it happen – for that dog. Every time. Sometimes we insist on several visits, several “getting to know you sessions”, we even pay for one to one training and support with the Maybe Family whilst the dog is still with us in kennels.

We did all of this with Wolfie. You will have seen his photo just last week when we did another 1:1 in the home with him to check all was well. Wagging tail and happy dog.

Wolfie is back in kennels this morning and looking for his Furever Home. Again.

He was “too much for them to take on”.

I am posting this to really drive home the message that WE do what WE do for the dogs. The dogs do NOT deserve to be bounced around. Please only apply for a dog if you totally and utterly commit to it – otherwise it is not fair on the dog. Take all the time you need to meet it, assess it, decide if it is for you. Have trial visits, take it out for the day, take it home with you. Take full advantage of all the behavioural support and training that is offered, free of charge and do that over a 4-6 week process as we did here. But then commit to it? And unless something catastrophic happens, keep the promise that you made.

Wolfie is back in kennels through no fault of his own. We shall start again.

Furever Foster

Jade is 16 years old. Sadly her owner passed away and Jade was left with nobody. Jade has cataracts, is partially deaf and has a bladder tumour, but she is a friendly, loving, happy, active little girl who deserves a chance.

We have already sorted out her dental issues so she now has a healthy appetite too and she loves to play and run around but chances of someone adopting Jade are slim – you can’t get insurance for a dog like her, so the cost of keeping her well and comfortable are prohibitive and that is where our Furever Foster Scheme kicks in. In return for offering her love and care in their home, our Furever Foster Family gets our full support for any vet bills or anything else that Jade might need such as a special ramp or puppy pads or …

Dogs like Buster who has enjoyed the most fabulous year in Furever Foster with his lovely family taking care of him and his day to day needs, and we pick up his monthly medication bill at their vets – win:win.

Dogs like Polly who are left crippled and unable to walk at age just 4 years because when she was a puppy a problem with her knees was not attended to and so over the years the bones have bowed, she now has spinal problems and her nails are a very odd shape as she drags her back legs behind her, or bunny hops sometimes to get around. Some days are better than others but she is not in pain and she has such a lovely temperament and just wants to be loved – what are we supposed to do? Polly is going to start on a course of hydrotherapy to see if we can build back up muscle mass and the vet will then look at what is best to do for her from then on.

These are the dogs that we will support for life. Someone takes them into their home and cares for them as if they were their own and FFH covers vet bills and any special needs – that way the dogs is loved and happy and secure in a home environment and getting the help they need from us too.

At the moment we currently pay out over £250 per month in Furever Foster vet bills and we would be grateful for your help – just a small amount can go a long way with our oldies and poorlies – can you help at all?

You can donate on line or  text  JADE16 £amount  to 70070 to donate to Furever Foster Homes and make a difference today.

The link to our Just Giving page where you can donate is here …..

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/findingfurever/fureverfoster

 

On their behalf, thank you xx

Annual Rescue Ramble & Fun Dog Show 2017

Annual Rescue Ramble & Fun Dog Show 2017

This year we have a new venue for our Rescue Ramble and Fun Dog Show – on Sunday 25th June we are excited to be at Moore RUFC which is in the lovely village of Moore, near Warrington. The address is Gentlemen of Moore RUFC, Moss Ln, Moore, Warrington WA4 6UU and it is really easy to find from the M56 motorway or through Runcorn or Warrington.

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Asbo’s April Amble

Asbo’s April Amble

Here is our challenge to you! Between 7-9th April 2017 we are asking our volunteers to step out and help us raise cash for the dogs in rescue. You can do this wherever you live in the country, and create your own team to take part should you so wish?

We want to cover 2017 miles between us and raise £2017 to help dogs in need this Spring. We can provide you with a poster to advertise your event and a sponsorship form to get your friends, family and workmates to sponsor you.

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December 2016

December 2016

And so much has happened since I last updated here – so many dogs have come and gone and sadly some came and are still here ….

Some we lost to illness and others have gone to Fabulous FUREVER Homes and we are so proud of their achievements.

Our fabulous group of volunteers continue to work hard to raise funds and awareness and to help find those homes, and we now have over 420 dogs who have found their Furevers through that network – thank you!

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Yesderday In Kennels I Cried…

Yesterday In Kennels I Cried…

First time in a long time. I’m generally quite good at holding it in, but a little boy whose eyes looked so lost and scared and frightened was cowering every time the other dogs barked, every time a loud noise happened. Got me thinking. Why do I put myself through this? I don’t have to! I can just go home and be with my family and shop for Christmas and be totally and utterly bored and unchallenged ………….

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WOW

Wow…

Few changes here at FFH with new trustees, new website and new dogs – but still the SAME commitment to Find Furever Homes. There is a home out there for all these dogs, we just need to find it – some take longer than others! If you have a moment to spare we would really appreciate your help in “sharing” their details – whether via Facebook, Twitter or even in an email to your pals! The secret really is to get as many people as possible aware of these dogs and find their Happy Ever After in this way.

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Time to Reflect

Time to reflect…

And here we are again, it’ll soon be Christmas BOL!!!

It’s amazing how much has been achieved through the help of our fantastic supporters over the last 8 months, and we are always truly grateful for their support – without that we would not be able to continue doing what we are doing, so a huge THANK YOU is called for.

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6 Months! Where Did That Go

6 months! Where did that go?

Wow, doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? 6 months has passed already since Finding Furever Homes launched as a Charitable Trust – and what a lot has happened since then!

If you keep up to date with our weekly blog, you’ll know we are doing our best to try to keep on rehoming dogs – our rescues really appreciate the wider audience we are reaching on their behalf, and so we have seen a steady stream of dogs packing up their rescue kennels and moving off to their Furever Homes – homes they perhaps wouldn’t have found if we didn’t have the fabulous support we do 😉

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Time Flies…

Time flies…

It’s a while now since I updated here and again, so much has happened! We have built 2 kennels at Snowdonia to offer another 2 dogs a safe place when their 7 days is up and now launched a campaign to sponsor them ongoing – Colin has a new summer hair cut, 135 dogs have been rehomed with our help, our Rescue Ramble is fast approaching at Marbury Park on the 28th June and I seem to have adopted a dog!!!!!!!!!

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