Midhurst bulldog rescue charity receives boost from Kennel Club’s emergency fund

A Midhurst dog rescue charity has received a boost from an emergency fund set up to support canine organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 3:46 pm

The funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) will help Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust cover veterinary costs for bulldogs in its care, as well as costs associated with foster care for dogs which are yet to find their new homes.

The trust has been particularly affected by the pandemic with several members of staff and volunteers taken ill.

Kathryn Harrison, trustee for the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust’s support.

Rescue bulldogs Herbert and Bigby at the trust’s annual picnic in September

“We have had a big increase in bulldogs coming to our care and this funding helps us to continue helping dogs despite the complications.”

The charity depends on the work of volunteers and income from fundraising activities and events.

The annual bulldog picnic, one of its key annual events, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, alongside regular fundraisers.

Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust is a national charity focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming bulldogs, carefully matching individual dogs with their new forever home and continuously working with the new owners to ensure both humans and their rescued furry friends are happy.

The KCCT Emergency Relief Initiative, which was established in April, was set up to support organisations which may be suffering and unable to continue their vital work, which makes a huge difference to dogs, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

All of the applications were considered carefully and funding was allocated to 20 organisations in the most urgent situation.

Other recipients of funds from the KCCT include breed rescue organisations such as the Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club and Greyhound Rescue, as well as other general smaller dog rescue organisations, such as Friends of Animals Wales – the charity from which Prime Minister Boris Johnson rehomed Dilyn, the Jack Russell terrier.

The Rev Bill King, chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “We received a significant number of applications for our emergency funding and had to make some very hard decisions on where funds need to be placed as a matter of urgency.

“Keeping these organisations, which take care of health, welfare and future of dogs from all breeds and backgrounds, functional is a priority for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

“We know that most of smaller organisations depend on funding to keep up their excellent work that save dogs’ lives and we want to ensure they can continue despite the pandemic.

“We are also grateful for Our Dogs newspaper’s help with our appeal which is helping to grow awareness about our fund amongst their readers who have so far donated over £40,000.”

To donate to the KCCT relief fund and help dogs, volunteers and organisations across the country during this difficult time, visit the Virgin Money Giving website.


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