Established in 2005, Hope Rescue has been saving the lives of stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs who, through no fault of their own, need a second chance.
How Do Hope Rescue Support Dogs in Need?
The charity commits to taking all of the stray dogs from six Local Authorities in South Wales, irrespective of their age, breed or medical condition. This includes Merthyr Tydfil, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Now more than ever, Hope Rescue are helping more dogs in crisis situations and their owners who may be giving up their beloved pets due to their own ill health or changes in circumstances.
Despite all of the challenges over the last year, Hope Rescue provided a place of safety for 589 dogs:
- 309 of these dogs were strays.
- 197 came from owners in urgent need of help.
- 47 were ex-racing greyhounds from the local track.
- 17 puppies were born on site.
- 6 came from other rescues centres.
- 13 were respite dogs.
So many of these dogs had chronic health issues or needed extra behavioural support from the charity’s welfare team. In a year that brought so many hurdles, the charity’s vet bill surpassed £100,000, and on top of that, the neutering support that they previously benefited from came to an end, resulting in an additional £50,000 on top.
The Impact of Covid-19
Coronavirus had a direct impact on the charity’s fundraising activity, with nearly all of their events cancelled or postponed. Hope Rescue’s charity shop in Pontypridd was closed back in February 2020 after the devastating floods caused by Storm Dennis, and was barely open following this due to Covid restrictions. Despite these setbacks, the charity’s focus has not changed. They are still working hard to continue providing essential support to most vulnerable dogs and their owners within the local communities. Sadly, they are losing around £1,000 a day.
Hope Rescue relies on the passion and support from local communities to continue to save the lives of dogs in need across South Wales. We are delighted to be supporting them in our April charity poll in honour of National Pet Month, and you can support them by casting your vote for them today!
Please cast your vote for Hope Rescue this April and help the charity continue their much needed work. Find out more about the charity by visiting their website: www.hoperescue.org.uk.