Dog Rescue, Rehab and Rehoming Programme
Our programme will ensure that we at Pro Dogs Direct can meet our target of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming at least 400 unwanted dogs in 2012 - ex-puppy farm breeding dogs, unwanted pets, elderly and sick dogs. We rehomed this number of dogs in 2011, and can do so again, with your help.
March 2012 - February 2013
Pro Dogs Direct Rehoming
Ever increasing numbers of dogs of all ages are being brought to our attention week by week.Many dogs are abandoned or relinquished for various reasons: financial hardship, redundancy or illness of owner; dogs bought on impulse; cruelty cases; dogs needing costly vet treatment; unwanted litters of puppies. We also rescue ex-puppy farm breeding dogs [adult dogs], all of whom require urgent medical treatment for neglect and untreated illness
We neuter each dog before rehoming, to break the cycle of further unwanted pups. We educate the public about the benefits of animal adoption, whenever possible, or of choosing a reputable breeder if not. We advise the public about relinquishing unwanted pets responsibly - not on the internet for example, where they may end up as puppy farm breeding dogs, or as 'bait' dogs. We give every dog that comes to us a second chance - no matter how ill or elderly they are.
To rescue at least 400 dogs in 2012
Activities» We work in co-operation with a network of rescue centres and animal lovers all over England and Wales, who bring dogs in need to our attention.
» We rely on a dedicated band of individuals who transport dogs from across the country, from point of rescue to veterinary clinics and foster homes.
Success will be rescuing 401 dogs!
To rehabilitate each dog
Activities» Each dog receives immediate veterinary assessment, and treatment as required.
» Each dog is placed in a loving family home - often spending a period of assessment and rehab with an experienced foster carer prior to rehoming.
Success will be to give each dog the care it needs to enable it to spend the rest of its days, however long or short, as a cherished pet in a loving home.
To rehome each dog in a loving permanent home
Activities» Each prospective dog adopter is homechecked before adoption, and followed up afterwards
» Adpoters have lifelong back up from us for advice and support.
Success will be measured by choosing the right home for the right dog, so that placements are safe, stable and successful for dogs and humans alike.
We would like to contribute to dispelling the myths that animals in rescue centres are 'damaged goods' who do not make good pets. We would know this was happening if we received into our care fewer dogs who were victims of irresponsible breeders, or uninformed buying choices. We would also like to see more care homes permitting elderly people to bring their pets into care with them - and the health benefits of this.
The main risk is that we accept too many dogs into our care at any given time, and are unable to meet an unexpected vet bill. We are dealing with this risk by a determined fundraising programme, of which this project is a part.
In 2012, we hope to launch a six-monthly e-newsletter for donors and supporters. Meanwhile, we will keep in email contact.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £40,000 Veterinary bills Routine treatments, specialist assessment / surgery £10,000 Foster care Food, bedding, transport
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount M&S Hunt Charitable Trust £1,500 Guaranteed
We rescue dogs from England and Wales, and rehome anywhere in England - by networking with other rescue centres to ensure stringent homechecks and follow ups are carried out.
The most important beneficiaries are of course the dogs. But pet ownership of course benefits people of all ages - our dogs are adopted by families with children - who learn about the responsibility and joy of owning a pet from a young age; single people, for whom pets provide companionship; retired people, who are given a reason to get fresh air every day.
Pro Dogs Direct has been rescuing and rehoming dogs since 2006. We are a small charity, where everyone matters and every penny counts. Many of our adopters go on to foster for us, building up loyal relationships with us.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Donna Woodford is a trustee of the charity, and responsible for co-ordinating all rescue, rehab and rehoming activities.