Month: November 2020

Revamped kennels furry popular with residents at Hope Rescue

rescue dog in kennels resting on bed with soft toys

The four-legged residents at Hope Rescue are enjoying newly tiled kennels thanks to a PPCT grant.

white dog asleep on cosy bed at hope rescue kennelsWith winter approaching, the staff were eager to get the new flooring installed. The team are delighted with the result, as are the dogs who look very at home in their smart new kennels.

“Thank you so much,” says the team at Hope Rescue. “This has made a huge difference. The original concrete floors were difficult to clean due to the uneven surface. The new tiled floors are much easier to clean, so takes less time for the staff and volunteers whilst also reducing biohazard risks.”

The project marks a positive end to a stressful year for the charity. Its charity shop in Pontypridd, South Wales, was devastated by flooding when Storm Dennis hit the UK in February. Unable to open while the clean-up took place, they lost vital revenue. Weeks black dog lying on purple rug at hope rescue kennelslater, the whole country was in lockdown and charities across the UK were facing an uncertain future as key fundraising events had to be cancelled.

“It has been a difficult year and the completion of this project has brought some much-needed cheer to the team,” says the charity. “As you can see, our dogs fully approve too!”

Read about Hope Rescue’s project to help greyhounds, here

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Distressed equines rescued by Crosskennan Lane thanks to PPCT emergency fund

Krystal a beautiful chestnut horse stands in grassy field at Crosskennan Lane

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Antrim, Northern Ireland, has had its hands full with equine rescues during the pandemic.

Crosskennan lane Animal Sanctuary logoWhen funds ran low, Crosskennan Lane applied for a grant to PPCT’s Equine Rescues Emergency Fund. This allowed them to step in and save two horses and a pony in need. Locating the pony, Gabriel, proved a mammoth task in itself as the address given didn’t exist. You can read about how Gabriel was found, here.

Chica had a severe wound on her cheek (hence her name) and Cali was malnourished. Chica’s wound was dealt with immediately but worse news was to come. It soon became apparent that she was suffering from liver damage. You can find out more about Chica here.

Cali is a one year old who had scars that suggested she had been used for racing. She is recovering well.

“One month on and she is such a sweetheart, her scars are healing up and are hidden beneath her winter coat which is starting come in,” says Carol from Crosskennan Lane.

Cali a very thin chestnut horse with ribs showingThe charity is one of many smaller equine rescue centres that have benefitted from the emergency fund. It was set up at pace by PPCT’s chairman David Simpson in collaboration with World Horse Welfare and National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC). Mindful of the high costs involved in rescuing, treating and caring for horses, the Trust has been quick to release funds. The final round of applications is currently open. Apply now. Applications close on Friday 15th January 2021.

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PPCT grant helps turn two rescue dogs into Canine Befrienders

One of the two rescue dogs Cisco wearing NHS bib

Two rescue dogs have been trained as Canine Befrienders thanks to a grant from Petplan Charitable Trust.

Rescue greyhound Mara wearing NHS bibThe NHS linked charity, Spirit in Mind, were awarded £250 in June 2020 towards their Canine Befrienders Programme. The charity provides the service to help support patients with mental health issues. The money contributed to the cost of putting the two rescue dogs through the recruitment/assessment process for the programme.

“I am very pleased to report that both passed with flying colours!” says Angie Barker, Befriending Project and Volunteer Support Co-ordinator.

“The very handsome Cisco, who was rescued from the streets of Romania, is now doing a wonderful job welcoming and spending time with visitors to the Pastoral and Spiritual Care department within the hospital. He is proving to be a very popular member of the team! And, the lovely Mara, who is a rescued racing greyhound, is due to start her role visiting individuals on the inpatient units very shortly.

“I am particularly excited that we have been able to recruit these two beautiful dogs, who have both been rescued from particularly traumatic circumstances. I know they will do a fantastic job in supporting humans who are going through difficult times.”

Spirit in Mind is a project initiated by South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The idea is to support patient wellbeing through a collaboration between healthcare and community-based spiritual organisations. The Canine Befriender project provides an opportunity for people to benefit from the non-judgemental companionship of dogs.

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PPCT helps equine charity Oak Tree Animals save 7 ponies, two in foal

mares and foals oak tree animals

Our Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund has helped Oak Tree Animals take part in a major RSPCA rescue operation.

oak tree animals charity logoThe charity, based in Carlisle, was asked to step in to save 7 ponies. They only found out later that two were in foal. The good news is that all the ponies and both foals (main pic) are doing well. You can find out more in our latest case study.

Back in March, the Trust was quick to spot that smaller equine charities would be hard hit by the pandemic. The cost of rescuing and caring for horses and ponies is significant. As the country was plunged into lockdown, the impact of losing the ability to fundraise effectively was certain to have serious consequences. Working as quickly as possible, the Trust set up a special equine fund in association with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWT).

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PPCT and Dogs Trust lay wreath at Animals in War Memorial

tilly retriever dog animals in war monument

The Trust’s annual Animals in War remembrance service was pared down to a much quieter wreath-laying this year.

adam clowes dogs trust animals in warThe pandemic made it impossible for the many charities and military personnel that are usually present to gather together at London’s Animals in War Memorial. But, it was no less moving for that.  Representing Dogs Trust and Petplan Charitable Trust, Adam Clowes (Dogs Trust Operations Director) laid a wreath on behalf of all animal welfare organisations. He was joined by his dog, Tilly.

The message accompanying the wreath read:

Presented by Dogs Trust and Petplan Charitable Trust on 5 November 2020 on behalf of all animal welfare organisations.
We will never forget the bravery of the animals that served alongside our soldiers in battle.

The Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane was officially opened in 2004 by HRH the Princess Royal. The monument was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to pay tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

Each year, on the Friday nearest to Remembrance Sunday, Petplan Charitable Trust organises a special service. Representatives from animal charities all over the UK come to pay their respects.

See images from last year’s ceremony attended by Jilly Cooper CBE and Sir Derek Jacobi.

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