Big Shout Out - 'Thank You'.

We hope you are all staying safe and well.

A lot has happened at the kennels already this year, please continue to read and you will find out some of the things that we have been doing over the last couple of months.

Pilgrim and Sparko playing ‘Catch me’.

This year is going to be another strange year for all of us and it isn’t any different for us at the kennels either.

We have currently homed 31 greyhounds so far this year, a huge number of greyhounds, whilst working on a skeleton volunteer structure and therefore we have reduced the number of dogs, we can take in at any one time.  This has not only meant we can apply with social distancing rules but also we have been able to work with individual dogs for longer on any areas that need addressing before they are adopted.

Some of our dogs have benefited on walks out in the public eye, not only are they getting used to different surroundings but also seeing other breeds of dog.  Their learnt skills which they were taught in our dog training sessions, can be put to the test in these visits.

Thumper meeting a Whippet on his Farnham Park walk.

Homings and Home Visits – During COVID, we have ensured extra checks on prospected new homes have been carried out by the team, to ensure our greyhounds will stay with their new family’s and not return to us after lockdown has eased.  This is and always has been a cruitial part of rehoming our greyhounds.

Before COVID we always had a waiting list for greyhounds coming in to our centre, after racing and normally a long list of famiiles waiting to home a dog too.  This is now not the case, we have nearly emptied our family waiting list!  We are also the ones waiting for the greyhounds to finish racing, to fill our empty kennels rather than the trainers waiting for spaces!  Who knows how long this will continue for but it is also very good for the greyhounds too!

New Arrivals:

Tequila.

Tequila – ‘posing for the camera’.

Reserved Dog:

Tequila.

Homed Dogs:

Omelette, Mocha and Luan.

Fully opening of our centre:

At the start of COVID 2020, we closed our centre to keep our precious kennel hands and greyhounds safe, as well as the public but also inline with government guidance.

Many shops and other venues are beginning to open up again.  Due to the number of dogs we have at the kennels and the way we are working, we will continue to stay closed but pre-arranged appointments will continue.  If you are looking to purchase things at our shop, view or home a greyhound, nails cut then these will all continue to take place but ONLY if they have been booked in and you have been given an appointment by one of our managers.
We will update you when our situation has changed, with details on and how we will proceed forward, ensuring we keep everyone safe.

Big Thank You To –

Morrisons:

We are very fortunate that Morrisons in Southwood have supported our charity for a number of years, every couple of weeks a pair of our volunteers will go and empty the container we have, in their store and then it will be brought back to the kennels.  This week Morrisons contacted our team as they had a bonus amount of dog food, ready for us to collect!

‘Thank You Morrisons’. Lots of food for our greyhounds.

Big Thank You to Morrisons and their customers, for your continued support and we are very grateful for all those trays of dog food you have just provided us, the dogs love your Pate trays!

Thank you.

Our Car-boot Duo!

Once again a big thank you to this special pair of volunteers who have continued to work hard, all year round – collecting items and selling them on at car-boot sales and dealers where appropriate.  They have managed to bank an amazing £941 for Greyhound Lifeline this week.

We think this is an incredible achievement having been raised through the winter months of lock down and recently topped up by 2 car boot sales (now restarted) which they attended for us on Saturdays in Mytchett.
Well done Adrian and Penny!
Please keep your donations coming in folks, but please refer to our list of items that we can accept and also who to contact to pass on your donations.   See below.
Please do NOT drop items at our kennel premises.
Thanks everyone and Adrian and Penny in particular.

 

Our Car Boot Team.

Below is a list of items that they CAN sell really quickly, in order, for those pennies to keep coming in:

Jewellery (real or costume) includes broken gold/silver etc.

Watches (pocket’ wrist’ working or not)

Kitchen small appliances & kitchenware

Small Electronics

Phones, Cameras and Laptops

Tools (garden or DIY) & Garden Ornaments

Boxed Games, Jigsaws & Children’s Toys

Smellies (boxed or single)

Cigar boxes & Brass items

Dog leads, collars, toys, coats etc.

Please NOTE there are some items that the team CANNOT accept, these are:
Clothes
DVDs & CDs (not Videos)
Books (Children’s & Adults)
Videos

HOW TO DONATE YOUR ITEMS:

If you have any items that you are able to donate or if you unsure if your item can be used please email the couple on atc86@hotmail.com.  They will answer your email as soon as possible.  The couple will inform you where you can drop off your donations or if local they may be able to collect from you.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY CAR BOOT ITEMS AT THE KENNELS; UNLESS IT HAS BEEN SET UP AS A MEETING PLACE FOR THE TRANSFER OF YOUR GOODS, DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS. THIS CAN ONLY BE ARRANGED THROUGH OUR FUNDRAISERS (CAR-BOOT TEAM) OR THE KENNEL MANAGERS.

We thank you all for your support during this difficult period, every donation sold will continue to support the greyhounds in our care.

Supporting Greyhound Lifeline:

If you would like to support the work that we carry out, knowing 100% of your donation will be spent on the care and welfare of our kennel greyhounds then please consider being a ‘Friend of Greyhound Lifeline’.  Click on the link to find out more about this scheme.

We have a range of other ways to support our work which are all really quick and easy to do.  Click on the link to find out more – How To Help Us.

Appeals:

Bedding – we currently can NOT take anymore bedding in as we are fully stocked!
Ink Cartidges – we are still collecting empty (used), branded ink cartidges, if you have any please contact us so we can arrange a drop off place.
Toys – we are collecting soft cuddly toys, tennis balls or other toys that would be suitable for our greyhounds to play with.  We ask that the toys you donate DO NOT have a squeaker in or parts that the dog can chew off.  Please contact us to arrange a drop off location.
Collections – We are busy organising some Street Collections, which we are hoping to carry out later this year, September onwards.  If you would like to help at one of our collections or come along and see us then watch out for more information which we will share soon, alternatively email the kennels to express your interest.
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING & FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENTS RULES & TIME FRAME.  THESE EVENTS CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWS THEM TO.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ABOUT THEM.

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