|KCCT charity funds help yet again
Five puppies born at Hope Rescue in Llanharan, South Wales, have been named after local NHS workers as a thank you for their hard-work on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak, again thanks to the KCCT, and has now found forever homes for all the puppies.
The puppyâs mum, Peaches, was in the last days of her pregnancy when she was surrendered to Hope Rescue on the second day of lockdown. She previously had several different owners and had given birth to a number of litters before, and the most recent owner didnât think they could take care of Peaches and her puppies. Hope Rescue moved Peaches into the foster home of their âmidwifeâ, where she gave birth a couple days later.
Vanessa Waddon, transformation manager from Hope Rescue said: âWe wanted to show our appreciation for the hard work of NHS workers but as weâre struggling with effects of Covid-19 ourselves, we couldnât organise a regular fundraiser. We asked people to nominate their local NHS heroes instead and decided to name Peachesâ puppies after those amazing people.â
Hope Rescueâs work and income has been affected by the pandemic in several ways, including limiting fundraising events, as well as restrictions on their charity shop in Pontypridd, which has now been closed for more than four months after initially closing due to flooding from Storm Dennis in February.
Vanessa commented: âWe are very grateful for the support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. It has been difficult for small animal organisations like us to find emergency funding as the focus of many Covid-19 emergency funds is understandably elsewhere, but this will enable us to continue saving dogs despite the pandemic.â
The KCCT Emergency Relief Initiative, which was established in April, was set up to support canine organisations which may be suffering and unable to continue their vital work, which makes a huge difference to dogs, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. All of the applications were considered carefully and funding was allocated to 20 organisations in the most urgent situation.
Other recipients of funds from the KCCT include breed rescue organisations such as the Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club and Greyhound Rescue, as well as other general smaller dog rescue organisations, such as Friends of Animals Wales - the charity from which Boris Johnson rehomed Dilyn, the Jack Russell Terrier.
Revd. Bill King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said: âWe received a significant number of applications for our emergency funding and had to make some very hard decisions on where funds need to be placed as a matter of urgency.
âKeeping these organisations, which take care of health, welfare and future of dogs from all breeds and backgrounds, functional is a priority for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. We know that most of smaller organisations depend on funding to keep up their excellent work that save dogs lives and want to ensure they can continue despite the pandemic.
âWe are also grateful for Our Dogs newspaperâs help with our appeal which is helping to grow awareness about our fund amongst their readers who have so far donated over ÂŁ40,000.â
To donate online to the KCCT relief fund and help dogs, volunteers and organisations across the country during this difficult time, visit the Virgin Money Giving website at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/KCCT
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