An appeal to save Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue from closure was launched on June 12th. Over 130 greyhounds plus around 300 owners, friends and supporters took part in a giant sponsored greyhound walk through Huddersfield town centre.
The walk – organised by the staff and students of Huddersfield Technical College - ended in an impromptu picnic on the grassy piazza in the centre of town, with dogs and people taking a well earned breather on what was one of June’s few hot days.
Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue is under threat of closure as Yorkshire Water, who own the premises rented by the rescue, are imminently to begin development of the site, leading to conditions under which continuing to operate the rescue will be all but impossible. Despite huge efforts, Tia has not managed to find anywhere to rent. The Tia Property Appeal was therefore launched to attempt to raise the £250,000 necessary to be able to buy somewhere suitable to guarantee a secure future for the rescue and its dependent dogs. In just over a month, the appeal has raised over £25,000 already – but there is still a long way to go and donations are desperately needed, as time is getting ever shorter.
"The launch walk was a wonderful day"said Deb Rothery, who founded and runs Tia "It was amazing to see hundreds of former Tia rescue dogs with their owners, mingling with the current Tia residents. The support was fantastic and I can only hope and pray that we can raise the money to keep on rescuing greyhounds. Without Tia, 5 or 6 dogs every week would die and I can’t bear to think of that happening."
Anyone wishing to contribute can see the website at www.tiapropertyappeal.org.uk to see how to donate, or can send cheques made payable to Tia Property Appeal to 9 Ryburn Buildings, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire HX6 3AH.