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Mimi found her rescuer when she stopped for coffee... and a day later, gave birth to her gorgeous little puppies. Our hope is to raise enough money to cover the needs of the puppies - puppy food, vaccinations, microchips and passports and pay for mummy Mimi to be neutered. You can follow their journey from day one on the Give a Dog a Home facebook page and on here... maybe one day, even offer them a loving home of their own!
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One of our lovely new fosterers, Rachel, has written this sweet piece about her first fostering experience with Give a Dog a Home...
I have grown up around dogs – I was born into a household which included three rescue mongrels and was brought up with a constant succession of canine companions, big and small, rescue and non-rescue, pedigree and mongrel.
My partner Lewis, on the other hand, was rather nervous of dogs until the day he was introduced to Brian, my home-bred Border Terrier puppy. Lewis was smitten and quickly transformed into as big a dog-lover as I am.
Fast forward a number of years, and Lewis and I moved into a cottage in rural Hertfordshire, with plans to adopt a rescue dog as a friend for Brian. We knew of Give a Dog a Home through our good friends Emily and Rob Lucas (adopters of the awesome Arild), and a few weeks after we moved in we adopted Nero, our wonderful chocolate Lab x.
Fast forward a further eighteen months; scrolling through Facebook, I saw a plea from Lynne, Give a Dog a Home founder, asking for a fosterer for a puppy who was in transit but didn’t have a home to go to.The timing was ideal (Lewis and I could arrange time off – a rare occurrence at such short notice!) and so we volunteered to foster him. That Saturday morning we picked up Chance, an eight-month-old Shepherd x.
Chance was understandably very nervous when we first met him. He didn’t make a sound the whole journey from Faversham back to Hemel Hempstead – even when we were parked on the M25 for a good half an hour – and I was nervous about how he would adapt to life at ours.
Initially he was very timid. We had to start off by carrying him in and out of the house, and we were careful not to let Nero, who is very boisterous and excitable, completely overwhelm him.
We introduced Chance to our dogs slowly, following the Give a Dog a Home guidelines, and far from making him more nervous, their presence actually seemed to help enormously. He drew confidence from their blasé attitudes towards loud noises, sudden movements and open spaces, and within just a coupleof hours was coming out of his shell.
Just a few days later, Chance is happily playing with Brian and Nero, zooming round the garden,enjoying a tug of war, and is really starting to show his real personality. The change in him has been incredible. He is staggeringly smart, mastering ‘sit’, ‘paw’ and ‘lie down’ within three days, and is thoroughly enjoying his walks in the Hertfordshire countryside. He has even been introduced to our eight rescue chickens, which he found rather underwhelming. The chickens seemed more interested in Chance than he was in them!
Fostering has been so rewarding, even though it’s only been a few days. Seeing Chance blossom from a timid and tense little creature into such a playful and delightful dog has been wonderful, and although we can’t foster regularly, due to work commitments, we are looking forward to supporting Give a Dog a Home in other ways. I would recommend the experience of fostering to others – it really is so worthwhile, both for the fosterers themselves, and the dogs in need.
An exciting development for Give a Dog a Home! We are forming a new activity that will be dedicated to promoting, facilitating and funding small scale canine sterilisation programmes in the countries we have links with. This division will be known as Spay It Forward. In due course this will become a self standing charitable organisation, separate from Give a Dog a Home. Initially the work of Spay it Forward will be sponsored by Give a Dog a Home from its mainstream activities and supplemented through other fundraising. It will share the same leadership team. We hope it will help small private rescuers to prevent unwanted births in their own localities. It will fund the spaying and neutering of street dogs and thereby help prevent some of the terrible suffering we witness now.
As our first project, we have funded the spaying of three females outside the shelter belonging to Roxana Tudose and Eugen Rotaru. A further 6 sterilisations will follow. We are pleased and excited to be able to help some of the disadvantaged dogs in this way as well as homing them.
Thank you to all who attended our Autumn 2017 Reunion Walk on the 8th October.
We raised a spectacular £1380.95, all of which will go towards finding homes for desperate dogs.
We are very grateful to all our suppawters, without whom Give a Dog a Home could not operate.
It was a lovely walk with many happy faces and we hope to see you at the next walk in April!
Here are two of our Greek dogs who have been in foster care for a while now: Johnnie (left) and Freda (right).
We are baffled as to why Johnnie has not found his forever home yet. He is a true gentleman: friendly and well-mannered with other dogs and humans of all ages. Not only does he have a wonderful personality, but he is also stunningly handsome!
Please consider letting Johnnie into your family:
Freda is such a sweetie towards people she trusts and is starting to settle and acclimatise to life in the UK now. She will need a confident, experienced owner so that she can continue to blossom and show her truly loving nature.
She really deserves a home of her own:
Please spread the word - sharing is caring and helps us to find the perfect families for our desperate dogs.
HARPER is longing for a home of her own, please can you help us find her one? She is a beautiful, happy and energetic girl with a huge heart and lots of love to give. Harper is an intelligent girl with worlds of potential and will make a very fun forever friend to her future family.
For more information, photos and videos please view her website page. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about sweet Harper.
Our Reunion Dog Walk (also an important and vital fundraiser) is held twice a year, with all the proceeds going to Give A Dog A Home UK. Please join us for our second walk of the year, we are hoping it will be our biggest yet!
It's almost time again for our Reunion Dog Walk!
Sunday 8 October 2017 at 1.30 pm. (Registration starting at 12.45 pm)
Seven Sisters Car Park, Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex BN25 4AD
We hope you can join us. We are looking forward to catching up with old friends and new!
Founder and Chairperson
Entry £5 per dog or can be done as a sponsored walk (email Lynne@giveadogahome.org.uk for a sponsorship form).
An opportunity to meet Give A Dog A Home UK volunteers and both fostered and adopted rescue dogs. We will have a stall table set up (usually in the lower car park) with information, merchandise and raffle prizes. REGISTRATION OPEN FROM 12.45 PM ON THE DAY.
We request dogs are kept on lead for the walk and that you of course pick up after your dog. There is a dog waste bin at the start of the walk (next to the gate which takes you onto the walk from the lower car park - it is situated on the edge of the adjoining field behind a hedge very close by!)
CAR PARKING & FACILITIES
There is an upper and lower Car Park (on LHS and RHS of the road respectively). Car parking is Pay & Display. There is both a Cafe and Toilets at the location.
BEACH WALK TRAIL DETAILS
It is a relatively easy, flat walk to the beach and back via the easy access trail (approx 1-1.5hrs at gentle pace). View at:
HOW TO GET THERE
The Seven Sisters Country Park is situated at Exceat on the A259. The car park is Pay and Display. Trains leave London Victoria for Lewes, where you change for Seaford. From Seaford take the number 12, 12A or 13 bus.
Note: Sometimes there are football matches on at the Amex or other events in nearby Brighton so it is worth checking if these may affect your route and allowing plenty of time.
Go to www.sevensisters.org.uk/
All details will also be listed in an upcoming event on our Facebook page, please join the discussion boards for all the latest updates and indicate if you are ‘Going’.
Below is a passage written by Finn, a member of Ruby & Chip's loving forever family.
This story and others can be seen on our Testimonials page. If you would like to send us your own adoption experience, please do so, we always love reading them!
Remember Kobe, Aria (now Indy), Zara and Zelda, from our 'Summer Puppies' appeal? These four pups were starving in a Romanian death camp, just days away from being 'destroyed'.
Bianca Filip saved them in the nick of time, then we took them in to foster homes in the UK - rehabilitated and acclimatised them - and found them all perfect forever homes!
They will now be forever loved and will never have to suffer again.
Here are some photos of Kobe and Indy, from rescue through to forever happiness.
This is what we strive for and these are just a couple of the many hundreds of wonderful Give a Dog a Home - UK success stories.
Here's to many more!
The wonderful comments and photos you produced to show us your support during the run-up to the Brighton Dogwatch Community Award were almost the greatest prize from the competition. Every vote and comment put huge smiles on our faces and we couldn't be more grateful for all your support. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people backing us up and to know that our adopters are happy and proud to have Give a Dog a Home dogs in their homes. We are touched by your words and will soon be proudly displaying them on our Testimonials section of this website.
Thank you, again. Because, without you guys, we couldn't rescue and home as many wonderful, fantastic and loveable dogs, nor would we meet such fantastic people in their adoptive families and foster carers. Thank you all for everything!
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