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Our Dogs launches appeal in support of emergency relief fund set up by Kennel Club Charitable Trust

21st April 2020 - 6:30 PM


Newspaper reaches out to its readers to add support to emergency fund which will help rescue organisations affected by coronavirus pandemic

Donating is easy, either online or via text

Our Dogs, Britain’s weekly newspaper devoted to the canine world, has today (April 21) launched an appeal in support of the emergency relief fund recently established by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) to assist dog rescue organisations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The hope is that, through online and text donations, readers of the paper will be able to help to contribute to funds set aside by the Trust to provide emergency support to those dogs in greatest need during the current crisis.

Regular updates on the progress of the appeal will appear on the social media channels of both Our Dogs and the Kennel Club, as well as in the paper.

Established in 1987, the Trust has already distributed grants totalling over £11 million to a wide variety of causes supporting its charitable purposes across canine health, support dogs, welfare and rescue.  

Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Reverend Bill King, said: “The Trust has set aside funds to provide emergency help to dogs who are suffering and it is such welcome news that Our Dogs has launched its appeal supporting this cause. Sad to say, the inevitable fallout from the pandemic including unemployment, will place an extra strain on dog rescue organisations as more dogs are surrendered for rehoming. In addition to this, the cancellation of traditional fundraising events such as village fêtes could well result in the closure of smaller rescues, so please help in whatever way you can, as your donation truly will make a difference for dogs.”

Vince Hogan, Managing Director of Our Dogs weekly newspaper, added: “In this crisis period there are so many deserving causes in general. Captain Tom Moore has shown the way forward in his brilliant walk for the NHS. We have also seen in the lockdown period how dogs have played their own part in helping people through the crisis. The world of dogs is our area of expertise which is why we wholeheartedly back this appeal supporting the Kennel Club Charitable Trust’s emergency fund in aid of our canine companions who enrich our lives so much. Now is the time for dog lovers to give something back. Why not donate the equivalent of an entry fee, or the money you would have spent on petrol going to one show or your show refreshments or even host an online dog show? Working with the KCCT means that whatever money is raised, we can be sure it will go to supporting rescue dogs with relief funds which we are assured will be distributed quickly and effectively.”

Making a donation is very simple. If you wish to donate online, please go to the secure Virgin Money Giving website at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/KCCT. If you are a taxpayer in the UK, there is the added bonus for the KCCT to Gift Aid your donation to add 25% at no additional cost to yourself.

Alternatively, you can make a donation by text. Simply text ‘KCCT [amount]’ to 70450 to donate the desired amount. For example, if you wish to donate £30, simply text ‘KCCT 30’ to 70450. You will be charged your donation plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about the work of the KCCT and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to make a donation but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text ‘KCCTNOINFO [amount]’ to 70450.

Acknowledgement of all donations will be made on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust page of the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk.

Please direct any queries regarding making a donation to the appeal to email kcct@thekennelclub.org.uk.


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