Our charity of the month for March is the Cheshire Dogs Home, nominated by Jen Marchant, Tony Woolrich and Hannah Fraser.
Receiving the £400 donation, Heather Lockett said: “We are immensely grateful for the generosity of the Gladstone Brookes staff. As you can imagine, dealing with over 7,000 dogs a year we always have need of money and with generous gifts like this we would struggle to carry on.
Thousands of pounds
“One of the constant, on-going needs is finding the cash to pay our vets bills and this is what we would like to put the money towards. We spend thousands of pounds a month on veterinary procedures.
“Many of the stray and abandoned dogs that come in to us are in poor health and bad condition, needing immediate veterinary treatment. As well as this immediate treatment regime all our dogs are primary vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, micro-chipped and neutered before re-homing. We also promise that we will never put a healthy dog down.”
The home has been running since 1999 when the Manchester Dogs Home bought a former, run-down kennels on the outskirts of Warrington and completely re-generated the site.
It has now become the flagship of the two homes and houses a Centre Of Excellence which provides intensive care for pregnant bitches, nursing mothers and dogs which do not adjust well to the traditional kennel set-up found at the Manchester home.
While handing over our donation Jen, Tony and Hannah had a tour of the facilities and met Bruce – a 6 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has been waiting for 6 months to find a new home.
Said Jen: “He was a real character – and so strong! I adopted my dog Bailey from Manchester Dogs Home 2 years ago, he was found abandoned on the streets and it appears he had been mistreated in his previous home.
“Since adopting my dog I regularly visit the Cheshire Dogs Home to donate food & treats for the other dogs.
“Bailey is part of our family know and we wouldn’t be without him!”
No better feeling
Tony added: “There is no better feeling after a rollercoaster of a day in the world of PPI than being greeted at the door by your dog – especially our Elsa!”
Hannah said: “We’ve all got rescue dogs and thought the home was a great cause for this month’s charity donation.”