Project information

GRWE Essential Winter Veterinary Care

To raise £15,000 for essential veterinary care during the core winter months of December & January. Upon entry to GRWE care, all dogs receive a vet examination and injuries & diseases are immediately treated. Winter exacerbates such conditions, leaving the dogs weaker & needing more intensive care

December 2015 - January 2016

Charity information

Forever Hounds Trust

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  • Need


    An increasing number of greyhounds and lurchers arrive in our care in a far worse state than ever before, needing more intensive care and therefore costing more to treat. Without our intervention many would not survive. Additionally, we must ensure funds to continue the regular neutering and dental care provided to all our dogs before they are homed. Christmas usually sees a higher demand for us to take in dogs at short notice, often they’ve been abandoned due to illness or deliberate injury.


    The project will enable us to provide essential veterinary care to ensure the survival and future wellbeing of injured and sick dogs. It will also ensure that we can continue to meet the health and veterinary needs of dogs in our care while they await their forever homes. This includes the costs of spaying and neutering, dental care such as tooth extraction due to infection, flea and worm treatment and vaccinations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provision of essential veterinary care to the dogs in our care during December and January


    » Work with vets to ensure the right veterinary care and treatment is available for our dogs as and when needed
    » Work with our regional volunteer homing teams to arrange the intake of greyhounds and lurchers in most need of rescue and care
    » Work with our regional volunteer homing teams to transport dogs to/from vets and provide appropriate care arrangements, e.g. fostering, post treatment

    Increased survival rate and long-term health of dogs who have been abandoned or abused so they can go on to live long and healthy lives as pets in loving homes

  • Impact


    The provision of immediate veterinary treatment to injured or sick greyhounds and lurchers in desperate need, alongside routine treatment and care such as neutering, dentals and vaccinations, will allow the dogs we rescue and care for to live long and healthy lives as pets. We know from our experience of homing c500 dogs per year that this brings huge benefits to humans and hounds alike. We tell these stories across all our communication channels incl website, newsletters, social media, events


    There is a risk that dogs coming into our care have such extensive injuries or illnesses that – while their chance of survival and recovery is not in question – they would use a significant part of budgeted funds. We would address this through careful allocation of our resources as well as additional fundraising efforts as needed. We do not turn dogs away simply because they need extra care.


    Donors to the project will receive a report in early 2016 to tell them how the Essential Winter Veterinary Care has helped the dogs cared for during the period and the positive impact it has had on their health and future wellbeing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,600 Neutering Average cost of neutering 60 dogs in the period
      £4,000 Vaccs, worm & flea treat Cost of vaccinating, worm & flea treating 80 dogs in the period
      £2,000 Full dental Full dental treament, incl. extractions, of 10 dogs in the period
      £2,400 Emergencies Fractures, scans, general surgery due injury or disease
  • Background


    GRWE operates across the country. Though our origins were in the West of England, we now have a nationwide network of volunteers and operate in eight regions across the country - Somerset and Wiltshire; Devon and Cornwall; Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight; Gloucestershire; South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex); Eastern (including Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire); Herefordshire & Worcestershire; and Midlands & the North West.


    The essential veterinary care we provide ensures that the dogs fortunate enough to come into our care are able to lead full and happy lives as pets. Every year we find loving homes for around 500 dogs. Without our intervention many would not have survived. The lives of both rescued dogs and the adults, elderly or families with children who give them a permanent home are transformed in so many positive ways through mutual love.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 20 years' experience of homing these special dogs. Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE) is the country’s leading independent charity dedicated to the rescue and homing of greyhounds and lurchers. We take in dogs from the public, vets, pounds and the police, and help trainers home ex-racing greyhounds. We also take in dogs from Ireland, where the majority of greyhounds are bred. In 2013 were named 'Animal Charity Team of the Year'.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    GRWE's Volunteer Homing Teams

    Co-ordinate rescue & care of dogs, incl. emergencies, identify when veterinary care is needed, transport to/from vets & are crucial to ongoing care

    Emily Burns-Sweeney

    As Director of Homing, Kennelling and Welfare, Emily supports all of our regional volunteer homing teams.

    Daisy Kay-Taylor

    As Director of Fundraising and Communications, Daisy manages reporting to project donors and communication about the charity’s work.

    Peter Stevenson

    As treasurer for GRWE, Peter will oversee all of the finances for this project as part of our overall budget.

Eimaer, now healthy and happy thanks to GRWE

Eimaer, now healthy and happy thanks to GRWE


£100 can pay for flea-treating 40 dogs