Hope Rescue at Gedrys Farm

For a long time now I’ve wanted to get involved helping an animal charity, by offering kennel spaces during off peak times. I researched many charities, and although they all do a fantastic job, Hope Rescue really stood out for the amazing lengths they’ll go to, to help stray dogs in the South Wales area. All the dogs we look after on behalf of Hope Rescue are fully vaccinated, and are all up to date with their worming and flea treatment.

About Hope Rescue

Hope Rescue is not a rescue in the conventional sense. Established in 2005, it is primarily a coordinating rescue and most of its work involves saving dogs from destruction or emergency situations, irrespective of age, breed or medical condition. Hope finds them spaces with reputable rescue organisations and then transports them to the rescues, often covering thousands of miles every month. Most of the dogs it helps are strays in Local Authority pounds which would otherwise be put to sleep once they have been held for the mandatory 7 days. In Wales, Hope commits to take all the stray dogs from 2 Local Authorities and also works with a number of others pounds, individual Dog Wardens and Rescues throughout the UK.

Hope uses boarding kennels in South Wales to hold dogs if there is a delay between their put to sleep date and a rescue space becoming available. Boarding fees are one of its highest expenses but emergency holding kennels are vital. Often there are not enough rescue spaces available, particularly for the bull breeds and other larger breeds, and so these kennels are literally life savers. In one month alone this year, the kennel fees cost £6,000 but without them, dogs would have been destroyed.

Whilst the main effort remains on the coordination of rescue places, Hope also takes in dogs for rehoming; these may include some of the larger breeds. It also takes in dogs from owners who find themselves in emergency situations and can no longer keep their dog.

Education and campaigning are also important aspects of Hope’s work and includes promoting responsible dog ownership and awareness of welfare issues such as puppy farming, greyhound racing and breed specific legislation. It has an outreach programme that ranges from giving talks in schools and clubs, to helping dogs that live on the streets with their homeless owners.

Working with Hope Rescue

We house up to five dogs for Hope Rescue at any one time, whilst they are waiting to be fostered or taken on by a rescue organisation. We find this such an enjoyable experience here at Gedrys. Most of these dogs have not had the best start in life, and its wonderful taking the time to gain their trust and watch them flourish! Both I and my part-timer Marian are huge dog lovers, and this has lead to us becoming more involved with Hope Rescue than just giving them temporary shelter. I am currently fostering a Hope Rescue dog called Spy whilst he waits for his forever home, I am also taking part in the Caerphilly 10k run to help raise funds for Hope Rescue. A beautiful Doberman called Bella found herself in the care of Hope Rescue, they brought her to us, and she instantly won Marian’s heart, and thus has found a lovely foster home with Marian and her family. Hope Rescue is a wonderful charity, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be working with them. If you’d like to visit their website, to find out more and to see the dogs that are currently looking for a foster or forever homes, please click here.

Success stories – Hope Rescue dogs that have previously stayed with us

(From Left to right)

Hooch the American Bulldog was waiting patiently for over 6months in kennels, but has now moved to a foster home where he’s being spoilt rotten whilst he waits for his forever home.

Dizzy the Rottweiler also had a long wait in kennels before being spotted by his new family. Dizzy didn’t have the best start in life, but he’s now been adopted into a lovely family where he lives on a farm with his two doggie sisters a rotti and mastiff, and Llamas too!

I am currently fostering Spy whilst he waits for his forever home, he too had a rough start and was skin and bone when he first came to our kennels. Despite everything Spy just loves human contact and snuggles, so much so we started spending our lunch hour together snuggled up in front of the gas fire. I was soon hooked and this is how I ended up fostering him.

Spy has now moved to his forever home where he’s being spoilt rotten :)

Arnold, one of Hope’s longest residents in emergency boarding kennels has finally moved to a foster home. He is a gorgeous, happy chappy, and is now getting to sample the the home comforts he’s waited so patiently for.

We currently have 5 more Hope Rescue dogs staying with us waiting for a foster home. To see all the dogs currently in emergency boarding please click here.

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