A dog rescue in South Wales has received a huge boost towards centre improvements after a surprise knock on the door from grant giving charity Support Adoption For Pets.
Hope Rescue has helped more than 600 dogs in the last year alone and has just opened its very own countryside rescue centre, having previously relied on foster carers. The rescue takes in stray and abandoned dogs from three local authorities across south Wales and works with other UK rescues, including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross.
Support Adoption For Pets visited the new centre near Llantrisant to get a tour of the new site and see the work being done. Little did founder of Hope Rescue, Vanessa Waddon, know why the charity was really visiting.
The cheque was presented at the end of the visit in an emotional hand over. The £100,000 grant will be used to convert the existing cattery into a state-of-the-art isolation block, providing a safe place for stray dogs when they first arrive. The new block will add to the site which already includes 80 kennels, two exercise paddocks, extensive woodland walks, a training centre, grooming room and on-site vet room.
Vanessa said, "This incredibly generous grant from Support Adoption For Pets will make a huge difference to the stray dogs that come into our care. With a dedicated intake block fitted out to the highest welfare standards, we will be able to provide the best possible environment when they first come into our centre. This is such an important time to get them settled, help to overcome their fears and to start any vet treatment they need. We want the very best for them all and this grant will help us to deliver just that.
"Everyone at Hope Rescue is delighted and so excited to receive this amazing news - we really can't thank Support Adoption For Pets enough."
Amy Wilson, Fundraising Manager at Support Adoption For Pets, said, "Hope Rescue is the extremely worthy recipient of our £100,000 grant - the largest donation we have ever given. It has been a real privilege to help an organisation that works tirelessly to care for and rehome dogs in need. We are so glad to be able to support the magnitudes of their efforts and look forward to seeing how the funds help them transform the wonderful new site."
Support Adoption For Pets has helped over 1,000 re-homing centres and animal welfare organisations since it was established by Pets at Home in 2006. Watch the moving moment Hope Rescue received their grant below.