Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust’s emergency fund, established during the Covid-19 outbreak to provide support for smaller organisations making a vital difference for dogs, donated to 20 organisations in May. Recognising that the important work of these charities would be severely impacted by the pandemic, and many dogs would suffer, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust hopes that this funding will enable them to continue their life-changing work when it’s needed the most.

Hope Rescue

Hope Rescue, which saved over 900 dogs last year, is continuing to provide much-needed help for stray and unwanted dogs in South Wales during the pandemic. Hope rescues dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including dogs whose owners can no longer care for them, like Alfie, a 15-year-old Springer Spaniel who had to leave his elderly owner when they were taken into palliative care. Hope Rescue assess each case individually and knew that an older dog like Alfie would find life in kennels difficult, even if it was for a short time. As part of their dedicated work, the team managed to find temporary foster care for Alfie while they continue the search for his forever home during this difficult time.

The rescue has continued its work and is taking in stray dogs, hoping to find their new permanent homes once the pandemic is over, as well as pregnant dogs and their offspring.

Like other rescues, Hope Rescue has been badly affected by the pandemic. Their Pontypridd charity shop, which was initially closed in February after flooding caused by Storm Dennis, continues to be closed, as well as their boarding kennels, rescue centre shop and grooming services. Due to restrictions, Hope Rescue also cannot organise any fundraising events, losing another regular and vital source of income to fund their transformative work for dogs.

The funds received from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust emergency fund will be used towards veterinary fees for dogs taken into care during the lockdown, which so far has included three pregnant dogs and their puppies. Vanessa Waddon from Hope Rescue said: “We are very grateful for the support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. It has been difficult for small animal organisations like us to find emergency funding as the focus of many Covid-19 emergency funds is elsewhere, but this will enable us to continue saving dogs despite the pandemic. ”

Greenacres Rescue

Greenacres is a small local charity that rescues and rehomes animals in Pembrokeshire. They work with farm animals and pets, and rehomed more than 500 dogs last year. Many animals coming into Greenacres Rescue survived abuse or bad treatment, and often arrive in a terrible state.

One example is Sadie, who arrived at the rescue with an alarmingly large hernia as well as skin problems and ear infection. Veterinary care for cases like Sadie can amount to thousands of pounds and require months of care. Improving Sadie’s condition required three operations and months of post-surgery treatments, however, due to the care and love she received at Greenacres, she became a happy and healthy dog again.

Greenacres and other rescues depend on funding which enables them to continue their life-saving work, often needing to spend thousands of pounds to help nurse a single, very poorly dog, who has no one else, back to health. Greenacres Rescue’s income comes from various sources, including charity shop and fundraising events. However, the Covid-19 pandemic meant that Greenacres couldn’t organise any large or small fundraising events and had to close their charity shop, losing two major sources of income.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust emergency funding will help Greenacres cover veterinary fees for dogs in their care, enabling the rescue to give help to more animals in Pembrokshire. Georgina Pearson, fundraising manager from the Greenacres Rescue said: “We are very grateful for the help of Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Keeping our rescue going was a huge challenge for us because we are not eligible for most of the official government help. We currently have over 200 animals in our care and the generosity of this funding as well as other donors is helping us survive.”


Saving Saints

Saving Saints is a nationwide registered charity, established in 2013 to rescue and rehome Saint Bernards. To date the charity having saved over 250 dogs from serious danger across both the UK and around the world.

Saving Saints locate and rescue dogs in dangerous situations, including rescuing dogs destined to meat trade in China or stray dogs. The charity seeks adopters and raises funds for transportation and veterinary fees associated with rescuing the dogs, provides foster care and helps to find the dogs forever homes in the UK.

Many dogs coming into Saving Saints’ care require urgent and expensive veterinary treatment and often have to receive behavioural and veterinary care in their new homes. . Similarly, transportation from far-away destinations and ongoing care for dogs in their foster care require substantial funding, which is mostly sourced from public fundraising and events. However, the pandemic situation means that Saving Saints aren’t able to fundraise in their usual way, or organise their events, effectively losing any form of income to help the dogs in their care.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust emergency relief funding will help Saving Saints to cover the costs associated with rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming their dogs in a short-term and allow the charity to continue its efforts despite the ongoing pandemic. Rachel from Saving Saints said: “We are very grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their support. The Covid-19 pandemic prevents us from fundraising with the public and also conduct our therapy sessions with vulnerable groups, but this funding will help us bridge the gap and continue our work.”

Staffie and Stray Rescue

Staffie and Stray is a regional rescue charity based in Bournemouth, Dorset. The organisation rescues and rehomes Staffordshire Bull Terriers and has saved hundreds abandoned, abused and ill dogs in the last five years The rescue centre continues  to work in restricted conditions throughout the lockdown to ensure all dogs are given a second chance.

Winston was rescued by the centre over the Easter weekend from the local pound for stray dogs. No one has claimed him back, which indicates Winston was abandoned on purpose.. He had no microchip and had severe health problems, including sore wounds and worms, as well as being underweight. Sadly, Winston also looked like he had been abused. The rescue managed to transport Winston to the safety of their kennels and later into his temporary foster home, where he is recovering, while the charity continues to search for his forever home, and new loving owners.

Staffie and Stray rescue took the difficult decision to continue their rescue efforts during the pandemic, knowing that dogs will continue to be abandoned despite the health emergency. Luckily, they found a number of ‘furlough fosterers’, who provide temporary homes for many of their dogs. However, their income was affected by the pandemic when their charity shop was forced to close in March.

The charity received emergency funds from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which will be used towards transport fees for emergency rescue cases, as well as toward veterinary bills for their dogs. Sophie Vye, a trustee from the Staffie and Stray Rescue said: “We are very grateful for the generous contribution made by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which will enable us to continue our work and save more dogs.”

Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust

Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust is a breed rescue charity that helps find forever homes for Bulldogs which have been abandoned. The rescue works with each rescue dog individually, ensuring dogs are matched with the right forever home and also work long-term with new owners, to make sure both humans and dogs are happy. Although some of the rescue’s staff and volunteers were personally affected by the infection, the organisation continued its work and organised emergency pick up of dogs in need.

The rescue is based in West Sussex but helps our four-legged friends across the country - since 2001 the team have rescued over 3,500 dogs who no longer have a home. The rescue covers transportation and veterinary costs for Bulldogs in their care and provides foster care for animals which are yet to find their new family.

The pandemic means that the Bulldog Rescue can’t organise their usual fundraising events, including their annual Bulldog picnic, one of their major income sources. The funding provided by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust will help the charity to cover veterinary bills and urgent medical assistance for dogs in their care, and will support the running of their kennels.

Kathryn Harisson, Trustee from the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust said: “We are incredibly grateful for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust’s support. We have had a big increase in Bulldogs coming to our care in recent years and this funding helps us to continue helping dogs despite the complications.”

Other organisations the KCCT have helped 

 Refuge4Pets  (Welfare)

Refuge4Pets is a unique charity which helps pets belonging to victims of domestic abuse. Victims often can’t take their pets with them when escaping the situation, facing an impossible choice of leaving them behind or staying in a toxic environment. The charity provides free fostering services for those much-loved pets until they can be reunited with their owners. 

Refuge4Pets provide food, housing, transport or vet fees for their four-legged residents and rely on donations and volunteers to help owners and pets in need. Supporting their cause, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust helped to fund a vehicle so Refuge4Pets could transport animals to safety. The funding also helps to cover the costs of veterinary treatments and fostering for dogs in their care.

Mary Wakeham, manager at Refuge4Pets commented: “We felt truly supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, knowing they want us to succeed in our mission and make both the human and animal victims of domestic abuse feel safe. Applying for this key funding from the Trust was very simple and straightforward – we would encourage other charities to do the same to help in their mission.”

SHAK (Welfare)

Shak (Safe Homes and Kindness) takes in over 70 dogs each year who are in need of a safe home. The team provide a sanctuary to abused, mistreated and neglected dogs, saved from the streets or from death, helping to nurture them and find them a loving forever home when they are ready.

Lots of the dogs saved by SHAK need acute or long-term veterinary care before they can be rehomed and a dedicated vehicle is essential to help the team transport dogs safely and easily. By providing a grant to the charity, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust helped to cover rescue and rehoming fees and fund a much-needed transit van for SHAK.

“We are a small organisation, working around the clock to save dogs,” said Joan Brittlebank, head of fundraising and trustee at SHAK. “Having a transit van helps us with any transport that our dogs require, whether that is visits to the vets, picking up new dogs from various locations or driving dogs to their new homes. Receiving funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has not only helped us with our day-to-day job but supports our long-term mission to provide safe and kind homes to as many dogs as possible. A grant like this truly does make a difference for dogs.”

 British Veterinary Nursing Association (Other)

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) supports and represents vet nurses, who play a vital role in animal care and treatment, via education and training.

Backing this mission, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust provides an annual BVNA bursary to support vet nurse students. This bursary helps students cover their degree fees and/or other costs associated with their learning and work placements. This both encourages more people into the profession and enhances animal health and welfare, which is what the Kennel Club is all about.

Alice Theobald, one of the recipients of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust BVNA bursary, commented: “This bursary helped me to afford accommodation while studying away from home and covered travel costs during my work placement. I was also able to purchase additional learning materials which helped me pass all my exams. I don’t think I’d be able to achieve all this without the extra funding and I am very grateful I had a chance to make the most of my course.”

Battersea Academy (Welfare)

Officially launched by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in 2019, the Battersea Academy provides professional development to practitioners from rescue centres across the UK and the world, providing them with knowledge and skills to help them transform the lives of rescue animals.

Rescue organisations are often under-resourced and rely on the work of volunteers, and charitable funding, to survive. To help ensure that the Battersea Academy is available to as many organisations as possible, from small volunteer-run shelters to established animal rescues, Battersea applied for funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is now the founding funder of the Battersea Academy and the funding in 2019 provided bursaries to enable UK dog rescues to attend the programme. More than 90% of the organisations who attended the Academy in 2019 received some form of bursary to enable them to attend, dependent on their financial turnover and impact. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust funding has been invaluable in helping to support rescue organisations to do the best with what they can, helping more dogs find temporary sanctuary and a forever home.

“We were delighted when the Kennel Club Charitable Trust became the founding funder of the Battersea Academy,” said Paul Marvell, executive head of the Battersea Academy. “To have the support of a funder like the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, who have knowledge of the rescue sector in the UK and strong connections with breed rescue organisations, has been incredibly valuable.”

Rugby Dog Training Club (Other)

Established in 2007, The Rugby Dog Training Club is an affordable dog training centre that encourages responsible dog ownership and canine activities. This small organisation depends mostly on donations and the generous work of trustees and volunteers to keep the facilities running throughout the year.

The team of the Rugby Dog Training Club turned to the Charitable Trust after realising their bathroom facilities were in need of an upgrade, and addition of disabled facilities. After receiving a significant contribution towards the cost of the new facilities, the training club was able to transform its existing bathroom facilities which resulted in an increase in the number of people taking part in activities at the club.

Jan Stonehouse a trustee from the Rugby Dog Training Club said: “We already had a superb venue with a good following in all disciplines, but it was not until the new facility was installed that we realised just what an impact it had. We cannot thank the Kennel Club Charitable Trust enough for their support in this project.”

 Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust (Welfare)

From finding forever homes to providing a crisis support line, Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust helps Bulldogs and their owners with a diverse range of issues, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The breed’s popularity means that the organisation has real demand from both dogs and owners in need.

Applying for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust funding to assist with mounting vets bills, Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust aims to help all dogs in their care, which often arrive at the rescue in a sad state. The rescue can end up with bills which can reach £7,000 a month.

“Getting any kind of help, small or big, makes a huge difference to our work and enables us to help more Bulldogs in need of veterinary care and new homes, and to support the owners. The application for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust funding was very easy and we would strongly recommend it to any organisation that needs financial help to make a difference for dogs,” commented Tania Holmes, chief executive officer at Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust.

University of Cambridge research into Lymphoma diagnosis (Health/Science) 

As the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust supports all kinds of pioneering research. Dr Elizabeth Soilleux, MA, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCPath, PGDipMedEd and her team at the University of Cambridge spent eight months researching T-cell lymphoma in dogs. The current diagnosis method for both humans and dogs with the disease is time-consuming and difficult, so Dr Soilleux’s research aims to make diagnosis easier. Faster diagnosis has a huge potential to save more lives – so this kind of veterinary research is key to improving the lives and health of our four-legged friends.

Funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust didn’t only help with the research itself, but also provided important lab research experience for two veterinary students. Both students have gone on to pursue careers in academic veterinary medicine based on their experience in Dr Soilleux’s laboratory, and now have potential to use their experience and knowledge to bring about real advance in veterinary diagnostics and treatment, and make a difference for dogs everywhere.

“We are very grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for providing funding for our project which has a real potential to make a better test for canine lymphoma in the near future,” said Dr Soilleux, a leader of the project. “The funding substantially supported the project itself as well as the personal development of two exceptional scientists.”

Royal Veterinary College (Health/Science)

To drive research into canine health and continuously improve the health and welfare of dogs is one of the main objectives of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The trust provides financial support to numerous projects and organisations who share this objective, including London-based Royal Veterinary College.

Among other world-class research, Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is currently focusing on individualised treatment for dogs with immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA). Collecting and testing blood-samples from sick dogs and understanding the disease activity in their systems help the researchers better predict how dogs will react to treatment and enhance it. The funding received from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust helped with various research expenses.

“We were aware of the funding that the KCCT provides for scientific research and we know how closely aligned our own and KCCT’s ambitions are to try improve the health and welfare of sick animals. We appreciated how straightforward the process was as well as the fact there was no fixed deadline for submission of all documents, which meant we had enough time to prepare our project thoroughly before applying for the funding,” said Dr Barbara Glanemann, senior lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine and James Swann, visiting lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the RVC, the two principal investigators of the project

PDSA (Support)

PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) is a UK veterinary charity which provides free and low-cost care for animals in need and promotes responsible pet ownership. PDSA and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust share many objectives, with the health and happiness of animals at the heart of their work.

Despite being a nation of animal lovers, funding for animal welfare and health projects is still scarce and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust is one of the very few trusts which provide funding for those projects. As a charity that provides costly care for minimal fees, PDSA and its hospitals are frequently in need of financial support for new equipment. Funding received by PDSA from the KCCT was used for a new X-ray machine at Oldbury PDSA Pet Hospital in Birmingham, replacing an inefficient and old machine. The new apparatus at Oldbury takes on average over 1,000 scans every year, helping to diagnose various health issues and injuries.

“Over the years we received various funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust as our partnership goes back to the 90s,” said Stacey Teece, major gifts fundraiser at the PDSA. “The application and entire process is very straightforward and it is refreshing to see an active interest in any project that we discuss with the trust. It is great to feel the support and also the results that the funding makes to our work and our patients’ wellbeing.”


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