To provide Forever Support to dogs – maximising their chances of finding their forever homes, and staying there. This will comprise training and equipment to enable our dogs, many of whom have had a traumatic past, to develop the ‘life skills’ they need in order to be successfully homed.
October 2016 - October 2017
Charity information: Forever Hounds Trust
Most of the dogs who come into our care have probably never been in a home environment. Many have also had a traumatic or difficult past, having perhaps suffered neglect or abuse. Many come to us from pounds (where, if unclaimed, they would be euthanised) or Ireland, where the majority of racing greyhounds are bred. These dogs are gentle, loving and wonderful companions, and deserve a second chance at life by being placed into permanent, loving, family homes.
In order to find permanent homes – and successfully stay there – these dogs need to have specialist care, training and equipment. Our project aims to give these dogs essential ‘life skills’ – e.g. being able to socialise with other dogs and humans, to adapt to a busy home environment, and to the outside world at large. We provide this support both prior to a dog being homed, and on ongoing basis to the dog and their family after homing – providing support for life.
Provide specialist training and support to equip dogs with ‘life skills’
Activities» Work with qualified behaviourists to develop a training programme tailored to each individual dog’s needs
» Implement each dog’s programme, monitor, and refine as they progress
» When appropriate, work other staff and volunteers to find each dog their perfect ‘forever home’
» Advise each home that they can access ongoing support, for the duration of their dog’s life.
Implementing training and care programmes for all dogs homed over 2017 (c500)
Provide appropriate equipment to ensure the safety and well-being of each dog
Activities» Provide each dog’s home with a harness and double-ended lead - important for sighthounds, whose necks can be injured by a standard collar and lead.
Providing harnesses and double-ended leads for all dogs homed over 2017 (c500)
This project will maximise dogs’ chances of finding forever homes; we also know that these dogs bring enormous benefits to the humans who home them! The success of this project will be demonstrated through our ‘return rate’, the number of dogs returned to us following homing. This currently stands at just 4.4% thanks to our focus on careful matching of dogs and homes. Our ‘Forever Support’ underlines that approach and will keep our return rate extremely low, at a sector gold standard.
There is always the chance that we will take in a dog who, despite extensive efforts, cannot be helped. If a dog has severe behavioural problems that would make them unsafe to re-home despite extensive behavioural work, we may take the choice to euthanise that dog. This is never a decision taken lightly and is delegated to a qualified, experienced sub-committee within the charity, who work to a euthanasia policy approved by the board of trustees.
Donors to this project will receive reports in 2017, detailing how dogs are being helped by the Forever Support programme.
Budget - Project Cost: £36,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £24,000 Behavioural support Providing expert behavioural support for dogs; £20/hour for 3 hours a week, across our 8 regions £8,000 Harnesses Providing a harness for each dog we home £4,000 Leads Providing a double-ended lead for each dog we home
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Trust donation £4,000 Guaranteed Launch of Forever Hounds Heroes regular giving scheme £22,000 Conditional
Forever Hounds Trust operates across the country, with our work organised into eight regions: Somerset and Wiltshire; Devon and Cornwall; Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex); Eastern (including Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire); Herefordshire & Worcestershire; and Midlands and the North West.
Each year we find loving homes for around 500 dogs, many of whom come to the charity in desperate need. Our care transforms these dogs’ lives, and enables them to go onto happy new lives in permanent homes. The lives of their new owners are typically also transformed! In particular dogs in need of specific support and training, to maximise their chances of successfully finding their ‘forever home’, will benefit.
For over twenty years our charity has been a lifeline for sighthounds in need - taking in dogs from the public, vets, pounds and the police, and helping trainers to responsibly re-home ex-racing greyhounds. We also take in dogs from Ireland, where the majority of greyhounds are bred. We work with a nationwide network of volunteers, supported by a small central staff team. In 2013 we were named 'Animal Charity Team of the Year'.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Fiona Cooke, Head Of Behaviour Support
Fiona, a qualified behaviourist, will have overall responsibility for the training programme.
Emily Burns-Sweeney, Director Of Homing
Emily will oversee the project and ensure content is available for reporting to project donors.
Rachel Grocott, CEO
Rachel Grocott, Chief Executive, will oversee this project, including finances, and provide reporting to project donors.