Like everyone else, we were hugely disappointed to hear that we’d been placed in tier four less than a week before Christmas. We couldn’t help but think back to Christmas Day 2019 and how different it would be this year.
Last year On Christmas morning a number of volunteers assembled to walk the hounds, give them their Christmas presents, drink mulled wine, eat mince pies and plan for the year ahead. This year walking has been temporarily halted at the kennels and there will be no festive gathering. However a batch of liver cake is en route to the kennels for Christmas day as well as other donated treats so the dogs will be well looked after by the lovely kennel staff on the day.
Glum as we may feel now, we have to remember that In 2019 we were delighted to have homed 89 dogs, and we set ourselves what we thought was an ambitious target to home 100 dogs in 2020.
The first three months started well with the number of hounds homed up on the previous year. We thought we were on track to home our target. Then came lockdown and we thought our plans had flown out of the window. However, reserved dogs had their homing date brought forward and the number of enquiries rocketed. By adopting new ways of working we managed to successfully home dogs throughout lockdown.
As we end of 2020 we have homed over 160 hounds which is a fantastic result for the year and really, that’s what it’s all about, finding homes for the hounds.
At the beginning of lockdown in March we appealed for people to donate the cost of a cup of coffee. As ever, people went above and beyond, with at least one person donated the monthly cost of their train fare to London!
We only managed to do a few boot sales during the summer as all the normal fund raising events were cancelled, so many thanks for your support during the year. From online quizzes to our recent raffles, people have contributed in so many ways and we are truly grateful for your help.
We also need to thank those who donated duvets and treats for the hounds in our care as these are much appreciated by the dogs.
Thanks also go to our wonderful adopters, Kennel staff and volunteers, without you we could not have homed so many lovely hounds this year.
Fingers crossed that 2021 brings a return to something like normal. In the meantime have a great Christmas and New Year.
Stay safe everyone.
September 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for September. Apologies for the lack of updates for the last couple of months, unfortunately other things got in the way.
Normally at this time of the year we are finishing off a full program of events. Apart from attending a few boot sales we have not been able to be out and about promoting these wonderful hounds as pets and raising funds for the branch. Fingers crossed for a better 2021.
A number of volunteers were at the kennels on Christmas morning last year opening and giving the kennel dogs their presents and reflecting on a busy 2019 and wondering if we could reach 100 dogs homed for 2020. It seemed like an ambitious target at the time. Along came Covid and we thought our goal for this year was well and truly blown. However we are delighted to report that we reached 100 dogs homed during July! To paraphrase ‘we need a bigger target’!
Homing continues to be brisk with 32 dogs being homed during the three months since our last update. A big thank you for all the support during this rather strange time, without our dedicated kennel staff, great volunteers, lovely supporters and wonderful adopters we could not have homed so many of our fantastic hounds.
Due to Covid restrictions visits to the kennels to view our hounds is by appointment only as we are having to limit numbers. We have re-started walking on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but we again have to limit numbers. If you want to come to walk our hounds please call us to arrange a suitable day before you come along to the kennels.
June 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for June where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
The end of June sees us hit a significant milestone. We have homed 89 dogs so far this year means we have in the first 6 months of 2020 equalled our total for the whole of last year! Well done everyone amazing effort and something we can all be truly proud of. Despite all the worry and challenges 2020 has brought it looks like we will smash our target of 100 for the year. Lots of hounds very happily homed thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, donors and owners you are all amazing!
While homing is going really well there are still some challenges with getting back to normal. Does anyone remember what normal is? Fundraising will be problematic for the foreseeable future as the events we normally attend are either cancelled or remain postponed. We have an Amazon wish list set up and can take donations through our website. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
We are currently reviewing volunteer walking at our kennels. Procedures have to be in place that satisfy current Government regulations alongside recommendations from the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes (ADCH). We hope to get back to a new ‘normal’ soon.
May 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for May where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
We held a virtual quiz night raising over £50 for branch funds and also set up a Just Giving appeal. There was a fantastic response to this, resulting in over £1000 being raised. This will be a great help with any vets’ fees that come in
Remarkably May saw 19 hounds homed in May taking our year’s total to 61. We continue to be very busy on the homing front with 7 reserved and due to go home this month it looks like June is going to be just as busy.
The hounds available on our website look a little sparse at the moment. We have had 10 new dogs arrive in the last couple of days so there will be more added to the website as soon as we can get photos taken.
Our kennels are currently closed for our normal walking activities. We hope to bring back some limited walking soon, although we will have to limit numbers and adopt a slightly different way of working.
The homing process has changed to accommodate the Covid-19 requirements. We are doing virtual home checks which cover all the requirements of a normal home check. Viewing the hounds is by appointment only for the time being. Please call us on 07852 734958 if you have any queries and we can advise on the current situation.
March/April 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for April where you can find out what we have been up to during the last couple of months.
Has anyone else got the feeling you have woken up in the middle of a Monty Python sketch, and not a funny one at that! The current situation seems a little surreal.
March saw 13 of our dogs depart for their new homes. Many were reserved to go home over the Easter holiday which as it turns out came early and so did their homing date. A number of hounds were sent to foster homes to relive pressure on the kennel staff amongst other considerations. Indications are some of these will turn into failed fosters and we may not see them back. We do love a good failed foster.
Give the current situation remarkably we homed 9 hounds during the month of April. Some of these are failed fosters (see above). One was 9 year old Jay after his owner sadly passed away. Many thanks to his new owner for taking him in as he deserves a second chance.
All our normal fundraising activities such as shows and meet and greets are currently on hold for the foreseeable future. Along with many charities our ability to raise funds is severely curtailed. We have successfully held an online quiz and as it was well received will do another in a few weeks time. Any fundraising suggestions gratefully received.
Our kennels are currently closed. Please call us on 07852 734958 if you have any queries and we can advise on the current situation.
February 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for February where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
What can we say about the weather? Our walking field and paddocks have finally become waterlogged so apologies but we have had to limit the walking at our kennels. We will not be open for walking on Monday, Thursday and Friday until further notice. Viewing of our hounds by potential adopters is still possible on these days but please make sure you call first to make an appointment.
We had a successful meet and greet at Tesco Southend during the month and have seen several people at the kennels who we met on the day. That was a great result as opportunities to promote our hounds at this time of the year are limited.
February saw a near record ten hounds leaving us to start their new life with their adopters. We waved goodbye to Alannah, Violet, Bella, Micky, Jag, Cockle, Voxy, Pavlenko, Champ and Jet this month. We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds and hope to see you at some of the events we will be attending this year.
We are in the process of finalising this seasons events. As we get events confirmed we will be posting them on our website in the roadshow section.
January 2020 Update
Welcome to our update for January where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
We have launched ourselves into 2020 with a very busy January. If we finished 2019 with a flourish we have started 2020 with a bang.
The year started with the New Year’s Day walk at Weald Country Park, organised by Greyhound Walks. Thanks to our lovely volunteer walkers, several of our dogs were able to attend and enjoyed their walk with around 200 other greyhounds. Whilst there, we met a family who hadn’t yet realised they needed a greyhound in their lives – long story short, they’ve now adopted Patch!
Promotion of our hounds got under way with two Tesco meet and greets attended, giving our funds a much needed boost and a chance for people to meet our greyhounds. A further number of dates are now confirmed with various Tesco branches throughout the year. If you have a confident hound and would like to get involved promoting these fantastic dogs as pets please get in touch.
January is usually a slow month for us so this month was rather a pleasant surprise. We waved goodbye to Tony, Tommy, Patch, Queenie, Mo, Kyvie, Shona and Dino. February is also looking promising with no less than nine hounds reserved. Thanks go to all our fantastic volunteers, without you we would not be homing these wonderful dogs.
We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds.
Welcome to our update for December where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
So that was 2019. Thanks to everyone who helped us with the shows, meet and greets, dog walking at the kennels, the donation of treats, for donating duvets and especially the lovely people who adopted or fostered one (or more) of our wonderful hounds. Without your generous support we could not have sent 85 dogs off to their new homes in 2019. Looking forward to 2020 We hope to have another great year and let’s set a target 100+ homed dogs this year!
We have three Tesco meet and greets coming up in the next couple of months starting with the Mayflower Tesco on the 10th Jan. If anyone wants to get involved promoting these fantastic dogs as pets please get in touch.
Work has started at the kennels to give us a pair of paddocks we can use to exercise the hounds. It should help when the walking field is wet and we can give our lovely hounds some well deserved playtime.
December is usually a slow month for homing but we finished the year with a flourish. Kymie converted from being fostered to homed and Masie, Slippy, Tommy and Legend all left us for their forever homes. We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds.
Welcome to our update for November where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
The run up to Christmas is well under way. We attended the Wickford Christmas Fair which is always a fun event. We were lucky to be by the Library as you could not move in the High Street, it was packed.
We also attended a lovely old fashioned event at the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Paglesham. A snow machine, Father Christmas, mulled wine, mince pies and interest in the dogs. A great evening.
We do love hearing how our dogs are getting on in their new homes. We have had an update on Mandy who was returned to us when her previous owner became unwell. Her new owner reports she is settled and enjoying life in her new home. That is a great result as she was very unhappy when she first arrived back at kennels.
This month Sarah, John, Noah and Ada left us to go to their forever homes. Kymie is currently being fostered but will be adopted by his foster family shortly. We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds.
A selection of pictures sent to us this month.
Welcome to our update for October where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
Although we did not have any events this month there are always things to do around the kennels. The most important of which is the daily walking of the dogs. A huge thank you to all our regular walkers. This activity gets the kennel hounds used to being handled by lots of different people so when prospective owners meet them for the first time they are confident and show themselves off well. We can always do with more volunteers so if you can spare some time during walking hours (11.00am – 1.00pm daily) we would love to see you. A word of warning, after the recent rain our field is starting to get muddy so wellies or suitable shoes are recommended.
If you have not got a calendar for next year the Greyhound trust one is now on sale on their website. December’s picture features our own Mr Bingley in his elf costume. The picture was taken at one of last year’s Christmas meet and greets. Something for the Christmas stocking perhaps?
This month saw five dogs going to their forever homes. We said goodbye to Missy, Tess and Blitz. Grace and Vicky. We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds.
Interest in our dogs remains strong and November is already looking promising as Sarah has left us for her new home and we have three dogs reserved due to go home shortly. Hopefully we will have another great month.
Some of our dogs homed this month.
Welcome to our update for September where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
As the summer show season comes to a close we now have a few weekends free where we can get our breath back. We just have a meet and greet at Pets at Home to attend this month after which we turn our attention to the Christmas events we are attending. Time to brush off the reindeer antlers, Father Christmas hats and elf costumes – and that’s just for the dogs!
During September we attended a number of events. What a difference a couple of weeks make. From very hot Orsett Show to wearing lots of layers at the Weald Country Show. Our thanks to everyone who helped during the show season. These events are a lot of fun and are so important in our efforts to home as many of our hounds as we can. Next year please think about volunteering to man the stall, bring kennel dogs to the events and promote these wonderful dogs to the public who desperately want a greyhound but just don’t know it yet.
We do not walk our dogs if it is raining heavily. If walking is going to be cancelled we will announce it on our Facebook page. If the weather is looking like it might be bad please check our Facebook page before setting out.
This month saw five dogs going to their forever homes. We said goodbye to Hope, Tommy and Blue. Mandy and Scott having been fostered have now been adopted by their foster families. We wish all of their adopters many happy years with their hounds.
Homing in October is already looking promising as Missy has left us for her new home and we have four dogs reserved due to go home shortly. Fingers crossed for another great month.
Welcome to our update for August where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
Wow, where did the summer go! It doesn’t seem five minutes ago we were looking at the events list for the year and thinking what have we committed to (are we mad?) and here we are, in September with only four summer events to go! We will be at the Orsett Show on the 7th, the Wickford Town Carnival on the 14th, the Fobbing Family Festival and Dog Show on the 15th and the Weald Country Show at the end of the month. Hope to see you at one of the events and as always if you can spare some time to help out manning the stall or showing off your hound and chatting to people about Greyhounds, more help is always appreciated.
With autumn nearly upon us it may be time to start thinking about winter coats. We will have a selection of Greyhound apparel on our stand at the above events including some exclusive knitted dog coats. If you bring your hound along we can ensure a snug fit.
During August we attended several events as well as a couple of meet and greets at Tesco Laindon and Pets at Home Chingford. We were at the Greyhound Walks Show which is one of our favourite shows of the year. It is fantastic to see a field full of rehomed greyhounds and it’s a great chance to catch up with some of the dogs we have homed. We attended the Essex Dog Day in Hatfield Peverel on one of the hottest days of the year. Despite the heat the show was well attended and we managed to keep reasonably cool. We were also at the Paglesham Show for the first time this year and we hope it will not be the last. It is a charming old fashioned country show and the only event I can remember that served tea in a china cup and saucer. It’s a great day out if you are looking for something to do next year.
It has been another good month for rehoming with six dogs going home including some of our dogs who have been overlooked for some time. The lovely Dream our longest resident girl went home at the end of the month along with Lane one of our longest resident boys. It’s so nice to see some of our long termers finally find their homes. We wish all the hounds homed this month Bale, Toby, Benny, Mandy, Lane and Dream many happy years with their new owners.
Hopefully we will have another good month in September as Scott and Blue have already gone home and we have another two dogs reserved due to go home shortly.
And finally some of the dogs we have homed this month. We do appreciate your pictures please keep them coming.
Welcome to our update for July where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
It has been a fantastic month for rehoming with seven dogs going home including the wonderful Pedro who had been in our kennels for nearly 600 days. He is the last dog that we brought over from our Dunton kennels to Pipps Hill to find a home. It’s great to see him finally get a family of his own. We wish all the hounds homed this month Pedro, Tori, Pip, Babs, Baby, Lark and Abby many happy years with their new owners.
Sometimes we’ve had dogs in the kennels for ages and thought ‘oh dear, we’re never going to home you’. The ones that spring to mind are Missouri with his long term lameness, Pedro and Happy with their long term health conditions and Wanda, who was just Wanda! We’re delighted to say that each time we’ve been proved wrong. It just goes to show that the right person is out there for each and every dog; it’s just a matter of finding them!
This month sees us exceed 50 dogs homed for the year which is a tremendous achievement. Our thanks to all who have made this possible, it’s a great team effort. If you would like to get involved we could always use extra help especially at events.
We have attended a number of events this month including the EHPPS dog show last weekend. What was really striking at the show was the amount of Greyhounds there. It’s fantastic to see that the word is getting out and people are realising what great dogs they are.
August is traditionally a slow month for homing but we have 4 dogs reserved due to go home during the month so fingers crossed for another great month to come. We’ll be attending the Greyhound Walks Show on 11th August and the Essex Dog day on 25th August; hopefully we can generate some interest in our hounds at these events.
And finally some pictures sent to us this month.
Welcome to our update for May where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
We have had a great start to the show season attending the Shotgate Park Funday, the Weald Country Show, the Dogs Trust show, the Essex Wildlife Trust at Belfairs Park and Greyhound Extravaganza in Newmarket during the month. These events are really important to us as they are a fantastic way of getting people interested in homing our hounds. If you would like to help out either manning the stall or promoting the greyhounds please contact us. We can always do with more help. Please have a look at our Roadshow page on this website which has a list of the events we have booked this year.
It has been another busy month at the kennels. We have had prospective new owners coming to look at our dogs and new volunteer walkers as a direct result of meeting us at events which proves how important it is to get our dogs in front of the public.
A highlight of this month is that Pedro who has been in our Kennels for over 500 days has been reserved. He has seen so many kennel mates go home and it is finally his turn. We will really miss Pedro as he is a lovely hound.
Homing has been good this month with Pablo, Camilla, Queenie, Ree, Pip and the wonderful Wanda all off to their new homes. We wish them and their new owners many happy years together.
Welcome to our update for April where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
Our website has been updated to show all the events calendar booked so far for this year. As ever many hands make light work and we always have an enjoyable time at events. If you would like to help out either manning the stall or promoting the greyhounds please contact us. We can always do with more help.
We start the new show season this weekend with a busy weekend. We will be at the Weald Country show on Sunday and Monday. We will also be at the Shotgate Park Funday on Sunday.
If we thought March was busy April topped it and then some! We have been exceptionally busy at the kennels with prospective new owners coming to view our hounds and we are especially pleased to welcome some new volunteer walkers to the branch. Our regular walkers do a fantastic job week in week out not only exercising the dogs but also getting them used to being handled by lots of different people. It makes such a difference when they meet prospective new owners as they are confident and friendly around new people.
We are delighted to report that Missouri is a failed foster as he has now been adopted by his foster family. I believe Missouri has Tim and Chris trained and we wish them well for the future.
Sadly we had Scott and Dream returned after a few days as it did not work out for their new owners. We will now be looking for an experienced sighthound owner for them.
On the bright side as well as Missouri we have homed Porsche, Adriel, Amelia, Kyle, Mindy, Lady, Sparkle, Boycie and Jarvis this month making this the best month for homing since we rebranded at the beginning of last year. That represents half the dogs we have available in kennels. Don’t worry we have some exceptional new hounds recently arrived including Pablo and Colin, two lovely boys who will melt your heart.
We have to say a big thank you to our unsung heroes Maggie and her team for doing such a good job looking after our hounds. We have had several people recently remark on their lovely condition.
Finally some pictures we have been sent this month of our recently homed dogs.
Welcome to our update for March where you can find out what we have been up to during the month.
We have a very full events calendar booked for this year. We will be attending events most weekends starting at the beginning of May. If you would like to help out at events either manning the stall or promoting the greyhounds please contact us. We can always do with more help.
March has flown by. We have had a busy time at the kennels with our most unlucky dog Ren finally finding her forever home at the fourth time of trying. She had been returned within days of being homed three times through no fault of her own. We contacted Steel, who was successfully adopted last year, and he agreed that his devoted staff, John and Cath, could also adopt Ren. They are now all happily settled.
Returnee Lily was also successfully rehomed after being returned to kennels. Her new family love her and we wish them all the best.
We sent Sam to be fostered last month and we are really pleased that he has been adopted by his foster family. We love it when we get failed foster!
Our gentle giant Missouri is also out on foster and we are all crossing our fingers that this will translate into a permanent home for him.
Spider, Peppi and Jasmine have also gone to their forever homes. We go into April with five hounds reserved all of which are due to go home next weekend.
We love to get pictures of our hounds showing us how they are getting on. Here are two from this month.
Welcome to our update for February where you can find out what we have been up to during the month. If you would like to get involved with Meet and Greets, help out at events or walk our dogs at the kennels please contact us. We can always do with more help.
February has been another busy month for the branch. One of the standout moments for us was placing Missouri in to a foster home. He has been in kennels for well over a year and really deserves some home comforts.
Our walking field became very soggy at the beginning of the month. Thanks to everyone who helped spreading tree bark in the wet bits. The recent couple of dry days has allowed the field to recover a little but if you are coming to the kennels to walk the dogs it is advisable to be prepared for a soggy field, especially if we get any further heavy rainfall.
We had a great time at the Tesco Rainham meet and greet. We met some lovely people some of whom came to the kennels to look at our dogs and we gained some help with walking the hounds. As a result of the meet and greet we have several dogs reserved which is fantastic.
Homing has been great this month with Marley, Sky, Brienne, Thirsty, Racer, Sue and Amelia going to their forever homes. Ren was homed briefly but came back to us through no fault of her own. With 7 dogs homed, February almost equals the best month we had last year for homing which is a fabulous start to the year. Missouri and Sam have gone to foster homes, hopefully we will have good news about them shortly. We go into March with four hounds reserved, fingers crossed for another good month.
We love to get pictures of our hounds showing us how they are getting on. Here are some from this month.
Welcome to our first monthly update where you can find out what we have been up to during the month. If you would like to get involved with Meet and Greets, help out at events or walk our dogs at the kennels please contact us. We can always do with more help.
We ended the old year with two of our black boys, Toby and Sparky, going to their new homes which was a great way to see out the old year. We wish them many happy years in their new homes.
The branch has had a fantastic start to 2019. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Tesco meet and greets. Not only were the customers extremely generous with their donations, a lot of them expressed interest in the dogs and as a result several have been reserved. A great team effort.
Katie, our lead volunteer was nominated for the GBGB Founders award for services to Greyhounds. She made the final three which was a fantastic. The Founders Award was won by Lynn & Geoff Pearce of Greyhound Trust, Cornwall Branch. Our congratulations to them. We’re still thrilled that Katy, Maureen and Tom were in the final three. Well done to everyone, it was a great achievement to get there.
Looking forward to the events this year we are starting to get dogs coats knitted for sale on our stall. We have had a number of offers to knit them for us. It looks like we are starting a cottage industry!
During the month of January we saw Leo and Lily going to new homes. We start February with Marley on his way to his new home. A great start to the year as January is usually a quiet month for us.
There has been a lot of interest in the dogs this month and as we move into February we have Sky, Ren, Sue and Brienne reserved. Once home checks have been done they will hopefully go home in the next few weeks.
Whilst we do our best to ensure the kennel dogs get their daily walks, there are occasions when we have to cancel due to bad weather. If you are a volunteer walker it’s worth checking our Facebook page before you set off for the kennels as we’ll announce any cancellations there. We’ll also send out a text to people if we cancel. If you are not receiving these texts please contact us with your mobile phone number so we can include you.
What a year it has been for the Dunton branch of the Greyhound Trust. A year ago with the retirement of Pat our lead volunteer the branch looked as if it was going to close. A number of volunteers decided to keep the branch going with Katie taking on the lead volunteer role.
From a standing start at the beginning of 2018 we had new promotional material made, new gazebos to use at shows, rebranded t-shirts etc. and a new website all in time for the first events in March.
Thanks to the huge effort from our volunteers we have attended record number of events and meet and greets this year, relaunching our contact details on the unsuspecting public who did not know a greyhound was an essential addition to their lives………….. until they met us.
There was a great deal of uncertainty around our kennelling at Dunton as the property had been sold. Maureen and Tom wanted to retire in the spring but they agreed to continue running the kennels until autumn. Much to everyone’s relief new kennelling was found at Pipps Hill. We have now settled in and have a great working relationship with Maggie and John.
Throughout what was an uncertain year we were still homing our greyhounds. This year we have homed over 60 of our hounds which is a fantastic result. Many thanks to all who helped us achieve this tremendous number.
A big thank you goes out to all our volunteers. If you’ve stood in the freezing cold rattling a tin, helped out at a show, arranged a meet and greet, walked our kennel dogs, fostered or run a fundraising event – bring your right hand to your left shoulder and give yourselves a pat on the back. We couldn’t do it without you and all help is gratefully received.
Special thanks go to Summerhill Garden Centre, Swallow Aquatics, Tesco, Morrisons, Pets at Home, Hanging Gardens Nursery, Riverside Garden Centre and Greenbrook Garden Centre for allowing us to hold collections/meet and greets on their premises. As well as collecting money, these meet and greets are so valuable in introducing our dogs to the public and generating interest in retired greyhounds as pets.
Many thanks also to the splendid folk at Greyhound Walks who supplied new winter coats for our kennel dogs – they are lovely coats and the dogs look so smart and cosy in them.
Looking forward to next year we hope to concentrate on homing even more hounds with your continued support.
Have a great new year,