(Kennel Club Press Release) The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Safe and Sound dog rescue to ensure the charity can continue its work helping stray dogs from being euthanised.
Safe and Sound, which saves the lives of 200 dogs each year, appealed for urgent donations to save it from closure after struggling for funding following a busy 12 months, which saw demand double. The charity had to close its doors to urgent new intakes from certain areas, and was looking for a significant amount of funding to ensure it stayed in business.
Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “Safe and Sound relies entirely on donations and due to a huge increase in demand it faced shutting down in as little as six weeks if the required funding was not found in time.
“There are few charities nationally which specialise in this kind of crisis support and we wanted to help in any way we could to ensure they remained open and were able to continue doing wonderful work helping dogs in immediate risk.”
Safe and Sound is primarily a coordinating rescue, concentrating on ‘crisis management’ of UK strays, dealing with dogs at immediate risk of death or serious harm. The charity does this by securing rescue placements with established rehoming centres, then arranging the safe transportation of dogs from pounds to places of safety.
Working in conjunction with local authorities, private boarding kennels and other rescue organisations, Safe and Sound gives ‘death row’ dogs the chance to be much loved family pets once again.
Amanda White, from Safe and Sound is based in Hampshire and said: “With the number of stray dogs destroyed in the UK increasing, we now provide double the number of emergency kennels compared to a year ago.
“In just five months our boarding costs have risen by a huge 50 per cent. We appealed to local businesses and dog lovers to donate but were astounded when we found out about the donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
“To give you an idea of what the donation will help us fund; with £180 we can provide a month’s emergency boarding for a stray at imminent risk of death, allowing us time to find a more permanent rescue placement, £350 will provide a traumatised dog with accommodation at a specialist training kennels where we can begin to address any behavioural issues, £1,000 will provide a lifesaving operation for a desperately ill, abandoned dog with no one else to pay its vet bill.
“In short, this funding will make the difference between life and death for an awful lot of dogs who pass through our hands. We were absolutely thrilled to hear the news. It means a lot to know that our efforts have been recognised.”
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8 million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, such as Safe and Sound, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.