Not everyone will be with their family over Christmas, but a
team of specially trained dogs in Berkshire are getting ready to
help reunite families this winter thanks to a £3,500 grant from the
Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs is a charity set up in 2002 for
the purpose of assisting the police to find missing vulnerable
people. Specially trained dogs work with a team of volunteer dog
handlers to find missing people as a dog's strong sense of smell
can identify clues humans can not.
Berkshire SAR Dogs was awarded the grant from the Kennel Club
Charitable Trust to help the organisation continue to grow and
relocate into new premises. The team has expanded significantly and
it now has 33 dogs as well as 43 human members, from an initial
membership of just four dogs and 10 people when the charity
Berkshire SAR Dogs was recognised by the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust as helping dogs live a happy life and helping others to do
the same. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust provides funding to a
wide variety of charities and organisations that benefit dogs and
people, from supporting research into canine diseases, dog welfare
organisations and the promotion of support dogs.
Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust
said: "Every year over 200,000 people go missing in the UK alone.
At the Kennel Club Charitable Trust we have the opportunity to
support a wide array of charities, and as well as helping dogs
through extensive health research programmes, welfare and support
charities, we are also able to help humans as a consequence.
Support charities such as Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs do
amazing work, whilst ensuring their dogs live life to the full and
make the most of their capabilities."
Lou Holmes, Chairman of Berkshire SAR Dogs said: "We are
extremely grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for its
donation and support for our mission to search, locate and reunite
vulnerable missing people with their families and friends."
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to
dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that
dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country's largest registration database for both
pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the
UK's largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The
Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK
that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect
the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK's
largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training
Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of
activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their
dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world's greatest dog show, Crufts,
and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun
family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly
and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from
registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog
training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel
Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and
research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health
screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and,
through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre
at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering
research into dog health.