Month: September 2020

How to apply for a Welfare Grant. Applications are open now!

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Are you a registered animal welfare charity with a current or future project in mind that requires more funding?

Since 1994, Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling over £13 million.  Welfare grants have been awarded for everything from neutering programmes, veterinary care and specialised transport to large building projects such as barns, kennelling and veterinary units. You can read about some of these projects, here.

How to apply for a Welfare Grant

To apply for a grant, simply click on the blue ‘Apply For A Grant’ button at the top of the page. The deadline for Welfare Grant applications is Friday 11th December 2020. You will be taken to the charity registration page:

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Don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions. You’ll find these as downloadable PDFs on the right hand side of the Apply For A Grant page. (You can also access them in the charity login area after you have registered.) Please fill in the ‘Charities Registration Form’. It is important that you select the correct grant type ie. Welfare:

Form showing where to select welfare grant

Once you have completed the form, click REGISTER and you will be taken through to the Welfare Grant process area:

When you’re ready to apply, simply hit the Apply For A Grant button and you will be taken through to the Welfare Grant Application Form. You will need to create an account to use the portal. There are clear instructions to follow.

Remember, you can log back into the charity area on the PPCT website at any time using the blue Charity Login button at the top of the page.

Good luck with your application! (Scientific grant applications will open at the end of October 2020.)

NB: If you are an equine charity currently in difficulty as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, you should consider applying for the Covid 19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund. Applications for the current found of funding are open until Friday 16th October 2020. There will be a further round of funding in January.

Main image courtesy Worldwide Veterinary Service. Read their story here

How a PPCT-funded isolation unit is transforming lives at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue

black and white dog sparkle at stokenchurch dog rescue

On a cold winter’s evening, a concerned visitor to Stokenchurch Dog Rescue (SDR) brought in a starved, emaciated black and white dog.

stokenchurch dog rescue logo“Looking at her was heartbreaking,” remembers Trustee, Lesley Peel. “You could almost count every bone in her body.” You can read Sparkle’s story in our latest case study, here.

Dogs arrive at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue with all sorts of health and welfare conditions. It is critical that the charity can isolate the sick and injured dogs or any incoming dogs they suspect of having infection or contagious disease.

“Our previous isolation block became unfit for purpose. When its foundations were declared unsound it had to be taken out of action,” explains Peel. “In its place we built an improved facility including dog rooms, a dedicated food preparation kitchen, storage and small surgery facility. There is also a socialisation room to enable any dog during recovery to interact with the team away from the main kennels, which may be noisy and stressful to a sick animal.”

PPCT donated £10,000 towards the new building

Isolation Unit Stokenchurch Dog Rescue funded by petplan charitable trust“The ISO unit was built to modern isolation standards, including sealed ventilation and drainage to prevent the spread of infection. Materials for floors, walls and doors are sufficiently robust to withstand the more rigorous cleaning regimes required,” says Peel.

“Heating, cooling and humidity control systems help to keep sick animals comfortable. New arrivals have a short stay in ISO to be medically checked and observed for any infections, and to avoid potential bugs spreading to our other dogs.”

‘Moss’ was found bleeding badly by the side of the road

Like Sparkle, Moss was nursed back to health in the ISO unit. Late one evening, a Lurcher type, aged approx. 6-8 months, was found bleeding badly by the side of the road and his rescuers brought him to SDR. The young pup was in total shock, his eyes were empty and he couldn’t stop himself from shaking.

a rescue lurcher with bandaged paw at stokenchurch dog rescue“After some initial care for shock and to stem the bleeding, we took him straight to the vets for emergency treatment,” says Peel. “We called him Moss because, despite the trauma and pain, he had such a soft and gentle nature throughout his treatment. Moss had some nasty leg injuries, including broken toes.”

Moss went through a lengthy recovery, with bandages being changed every two days.  Amazingly, the trauma he had experienced and his long road back to health has had no lasting effect on his temperament. With no microchip, the only course of action was to rehome him.

“Moss went home to a family who have previously adopted from us, and he is now living with his new big brother Boris,” explains Peel.

“The award of a grant from Petplan Charitable Trust has helped Stokenchurch Dog Rescue to bring care and kindness to the many unwanted and abandoned dogs that come to the centre in need of help.”

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How our Covid fund is helping two equine charities ride out the pandemic

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When the UK went into lockdown in March, it soon became apparent that animal charities would suffer.

Forced to cancel their usual fundraising activities, they were suddenly faced with meeting the needs of their rescue animals on a severely reduced budget. Smaller equine charities were hit hard as there are significant costs associated with caring for and treating horses. In order to provide some assistance, Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.

donkey at remus horse sanctuary

Two of the many charities that have benefitted are Remus Horse Sanctuary and Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation.

Based in Essesx, Remus Sanctuary provides lifetime help and care not just for horses, ponies and donkeys, but also goats, sheep, cows and cats. Many of the animals have been subjected to severe cruelty.

“Your donation has directly helped us get a bit further through the covid situation and feed, care for and tend to the many horses, ponies and donkeys at the Sanctuary and to continue our much needed work,” says the charity.

dartmoor ponies bodin moorland pony rehabilitationBodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation cares for abandoned moorland hill ponies from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor. The Covid-19 grant came just in time for  surgery on two young colts from Dartmoor, Rudi and Orca. The bill came to £1,900. The pair came to the charity in 2018 when they were estimated to be around 3 months old and too young to be away from their mothers. Now two years old and thriving, they are ready to be rehomed.

“Our Herd Manager, Shelley Oldfield, does amazing work with these wonderful ponies on a shoestring and without a salary and the security that brings,” says Imogen Holt. “I am privileged to be involved, and thank you so much for helping.”

Are you an animal welfare charity seeking funding? Applications are now open for Welfare Grants. Click here

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How PPCT grants are helping two smaller charities cope with vets’ bills

Smaller animal charities have had it particularly tough this year.

Sunshine Cat Rescue logoBut, in truth, every year is a challenge when you’re relying solely on volunteers and money raised through fundraising activities. Yet these charities do vital work within their local communities thanks to the extraordinary dedication of their founders, helpers and supporters.

refuge for pets logoPetplan Charitable Trust understands the huge value of small charities and is always delighted to award grants to support them. Two such charities are Sunshine Cat Rescue and Refuge4Pets.

Based in Oxfordshire, Sunshine Cat Rescue provides care for both cats and kittens in need. Many need veterinary care which, according to Sharon Carbonero, is the charity’s major expense. The charity also endeavours to reduce the number of unwanted felines at large in the local area through a programme of neutering.

Refuge4Pets provides a pet fostering service to the victims/survivors of domestic abuse in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. According to the charity, the animals are often targeted by the abusers as a way to intimidate and control their partners and children.

Find out how PPCT grants are helping these and other charities, here.

Are you a charity? The next round of Welfare grant applications opens on September 14th 2020. Find out more>