Thursday, August 1, 2013

Guest Post - Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption For Pets Adoption Centres Support Adoption For Pets have increased their fundraising efforts year-on-year and have so far raised £608,636 for rescue and rehoming centres across the UK this year. But how is this money used? Here we look at a couple of rehoming centres from different parts of the UK to discover how this money can benefit pets in need of help!

The first of these is the Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, which cares for more than 3,000 lost or unwanted animals every year, and has been working for the benefit of animals since 1896. Whilst it is named a Dogs and Cats shelter, it has also provided refuge, care and love for a number of extra animals who have graced its doorstep in recent years; including guinea pigs, chickens, donkeys and even pigs! The annual costs for the shelter are close to £800,000; £50,000 of which are spent on vet’s bills which is a necessity when looking after around 250 dogs and 100-150 cats at once. Help from Support Adoption For Pets is therefore vital to the continued success of this great animal charity.

A more specialised rescue centre can be found in the west of England. Greyhound Rescue West Of England (GRWE) cares for up to 80 of these wonderful pets each year, taking care of dogs of all ages. They literally go the extra mile to help greyhounds in need, just last year rescuing two Lurchers and their 9 puppies from being put to sleep at a pound in West Sussex.

Their 100 volunteers also hold regular collections at Pets At Home stores and have also received a number of grant awards from Support Adoption For Pets to help them continue their valuable work caring for the dogs and their puppies. They are also running their own emergency appeal this summer, hoping to raise £10,000 for animals in need of their help.

These are just two of the hundreds of rescue centres that Support Adoption For Pets help every year. Their animal fundraising events and charity drives help Pets At Home staff and their customers to support their local animal rescue centres, giving unwanted or abandoned pets across the nation a second chance at happiness.

Support Adoption For Pets is lucky to have incomparable support from Pets at Home customers, suppliers and colleagues alike, up and down the UK and in Northern Ireland. The charity runs three main charity events every year in a bid to raise much needed funds for animal rescues and rehoming centres nationwide; with the help and unwavering support of all involved we are raising increasing amounts of money for animal rehoming centres and sanctuaries; year on year.

In spring, the first Fundraising Drive of the year launches, with all the Pets at Home stores being able to nominate up to two animal rescues or rehoming centres to support – then the fun begins! Whether it’s a “Name the Bunny” competition, a national raffle or the ever favourite tombola, Pets at Home stores come up with interesting and fascinating ways to fundraise for their chosen charity. Support Adoption For Pets rewards this determination by incentivising the stores to raise as much as they can. This is usually met with fierce (friendly) competition and an eagerness to be the highest fundraising store!

As the summer draws to a close we leap into the autumn Fundraising Drive, following the same guise as the earlier fundraising event, Pets at Home stores are again able to nominate up to two animal rehoming centres to support and again we are always thrilled to hear about the new and ingenious ways the store colleagues raise much needed funds for their charities of choice

We wrap up the year with one of the stores favourite fundraising appeals – Santa Paws. This festive appeal is vital to many animal rescue centres as December and January is often their busiest time of the year. Colleagues have many special ways to fundraise during this time; however the favourite of many is asking customers, friends and colleagues to donate a gift to an pet that may not be as fortunate as others and who may still be looking for their forever home. Many people will purchase that extra bag of dog food, cat toy or a bale of hay so that the stores can send a very special Santa sleigh to a local animal sanctuary.

Many of these events have captured the imagination and hearts of colleagues and customers alike and without those; we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Find out more about our fundraising events, such as the October Fundraising Drive 2012, Santa Paws 2012 and Spring Fundraising Drive 2013

Support Adoption For Pets is an animal charity with a single, passionate aim. It exists to help give abandoned and homeless pets a second chance of happiness.

Every year, thousands of pets end up homeless through no fault of their own. Thanks to the tireless work of animal rescue and re-homing centres across the UK, many of these animals are given a new life in the loving home they deserve.

Most animal rescue charities are completely reliant on donations and public support to continue their vital work.
It is our mission, with your generous help, to provide a financial lifeline and help secure the future of rehoming centres and vulnerable pets in need.

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