Making a difference... One dog at a time

Current status update …

CURRENT STATUS UPDATE – MARCH 23rd

Sadly we have been unable to find premises that are suitable for us. We thought we had found somewhere quite perfect but they didn’t have the space that we needed and there was work to be done, but never say never, eh? It’s sad though as I think we have the right attitude and spirit to make a difference to dogs in need. We built a good reputation, I believe, and we don’t want that to be sullied and we could only sleep easy at night knowing that our dogs were safe, secure, warm, dry and comfortable with good standards of care, so no compromise there I’m afraid so we shall see ….

In the meantime we have been busy helping to promote dogs who are with other small rescues, just to see if we give them the benefit of a bigger, different audience, whether their luck might change and I know that our effort and energy has been proving fruitful in some cases at least. At least our network and social media platforms are being put to good use in the meantime – we spent a long time building them up.

The other thing I just wanted to let you know about was money – I know people had sponsored kennels and donated to us over Christmas so I wanted to explain where that is being used so that everything is transparent. You will know this if you follow our Facebook page regularly as we tend to update there a lot – it’s easier than Twitter as message length isn’t restricted thus avoiding some of the shorthand that causes confusion on Twitter sometimes PLUS it is easier to answer any questions that follow – sometimes I miss stuff on Twitter and folk get cross with me ….

Any old how we have been spending money every month on Malik and his medication, as well as on Chica and will continue to do so as she continues to improve with hydro, raw diet and on pain relief; we bought all Maxi’s food and paid for his vet check up, flea & worm and bills until he was adopted, Rocky needed vet bills covering and several behaviourist visits, 1:1, and you are aware we sadly spent a small fortune on Buster (almost £2,500) in the 48 hours before he died ….

We have paid for behavioural support for Fraser as well as his day to day needs, as well as Logan and Poppy who have both had one to one behaviourist visits.

Piglet has been to see a holistic vet to try and get her off those awful steroids, Humphrey needed a couple of one to one’s to help with his fear of other dogs, we paid the vet bill for Kendrick who was adopted last year but needed another cruciate op (£1200) and of course you know about Duchess and her SLO?

We’ve just ordered 48 bags of food for the dogs up in Scotland and donated some funds to Operation Hope when they took on the DDB’s last month. So as you can see we have been busy still behind the scenes, and even as I sit here writing this today I can see photos pinging in from the one to one we arranged for Wolfie today – he has still not learned to leave the cows alone on the farm where he lives so today we sent some professional specialist help to support the family with their efforts – he’s very much loved but just needs these corners smoothing off.

Later on today I will be telling you about another project we have got ourselves involved with and I hope you will continue to work with us, financially and otherwise too. We are not sure what our future looks like at the moment but we have a commitment to the dogs who have gone before and to doing our best to make a difference to those in need right now. Thank you for your ongoing support xxx

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.

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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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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Colin’s Story

Colin’s Story…

Sitting here tonight planning my diary for the next 3 weeks and realise just how many of my days are full of “dog” 🙂 I have no time to go to work so had better give up my job (I wish!)

But there is one day that is fast approaching that for ages seemed so far off – on Sunday, 13th April I will go to meet the bus that is bringing Colin to his Happy Ever After 🙂

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