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,