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Petplan Charitable Trust gives grant to Greyhound Rescue West of England

Greyhound Rescue West of England is a long established charity offering rescue, rehabilitation and a re-homing scheme to abandoned or unwanted greyhounds.

As is the case with many charities Greyhound Rescue West of England relies solely on volunteer fundraising and charitable donations to aid its mission in re-homing greyhounds in need. Petplan Charitable Trust has provided such a donation of £5,000 which was mainly invested in the neutering scheme that is run by the charity. Having no central premises, the charity is unique in being able to help and re-home a large number of greyhounds & greyhound crosses across a wide geographical area.

Greyhound Rescue West of England can be looking after between 50 and 70 dogs at any one time while looking for permanent pet homes – this is achieved by using kennels in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Newton Abbot and Somerset. There are always dogs waiting to come into the charity’s care so the charity has to make the most effective use of the kennel space available across the country, while always trying to be able to help in emergency cases. Due to the vast area that Greyhound Rescue West of England covers transport is vital and this comes in the form of three second hand vans. The transport demands can be varied, ranging from taking a dog to the vet or moving a dog from one location to another due to kennel availability.

A large proportion of the money raised each year goes towards kennel fees with £117,000 being spent in the last financial year. The other large expenditure is veterinary fees which accounted for £52,000. Yet encompassed within this fee are health checks (including dental checks which are vital as greyhounds are prone to dental problems) neutering and vaccinations, as well as any emergency or specialised veterinary attention needed, for the 500 or so dogs that are rehomed every year. It is standard practice for all dogs helped to go through such checks and operations, with neutering to help in the prevention of yet more unwanted dogs being bred.

Fundraising, grants and donations are the only way in which money is received, and therefore the grant from the Petplan Charitable Trust has been greatly welcomed, the money donated greatly helped in the neutering programme that is an ongoing part of the rehoming process. The charity has found other ways of reducing some overheads, such as direct purchase of microchips for implanting in each rehomed dog. The micro-chips stay registered to the charity, so in the case of an emergency or the dog becomes lost the charity is able to respond to ensure the dogs safety.

PetPlan Charitable Trust Donates Money To Exmoor Search & Rescue Team

Founded in 1992 with the aim of assisting police in the search for missing and lost people on Exmoor, the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team has been helping people ever since.
The team has been assessed by the police and deemed eligible to be included in the Mountain Rescue Council and South West of England Rescue Association. In 2002 Petplan Charitable Trust donated money to the charity; this funding was used to assist in the training of Storm, a rescue dog and Dave Humphrey, his handler.

The training process is long, taking up to 2 years, and can be a costly one, making donations even more important, such as that from the Petplan Charitable Trust. In 2004 Petplan Charitable Trust provided another grant which allowed Storm and Dave to complete the training. 2005 alone saw 50 call outs over Wales and Cornwall for the dog team with 5 of these being by Storm. The team cover a vast area that extends beyond Exmoor, with some calls taking them as far as Axminister.

Storm has now been accompanied by another rescue dog, his son Rusty, who is currently undergoing the training process to become a fully fledged Search & Rescue Dog. Search dogs have proved to be a brilliant resource for the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team as they can cover an extensive land mass far quicker than a search party. It is important for the search area to be clearly defined and for no searchers to contaminate the area, as this will confuse the dogs and slow down the eventual rescue time. The work that the team do is considered highly important and is demonstrated by the number of call outs they have each year. They have also been put on stand-by many times to assist Devon & Cornwall and Avon & Somerset Constabularies in search missions.