The Good Life Dog Rescue has revealed that the Kennel Club Charitable Trust’s (KCCT) emergency fund has supported the business through the crisis, allowing it to continue operations amid the pandemic.
The Yorkshire-based rescue centre has saved over 300 dogs in the last year. The organisation works to rehome dogs, as well as provide medical care to those who are in poor health.
The charity’s vet and kennelling bills can amount to thousands of pounds each year, however, with income depending on fundraising activities and charity shop proceeds.
The centre said that these major sources of income have unfortunately stopped in light of the pandemic.
The charity will now use funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to cover its expenses, allowing it to run its kennels and cover veterinary bills for dogs in its care.
Vickie Bastow, founder of Good Life Dog Rescue said: “We have been unable to fundraise for some time – our charity shop donors have been closed for a long time and there has been no government funding available for organisations like ours.
“At the same time, we have also seen an increase in dogs being abandoned, especially those in need of emergency veterinary care.”
Revd. 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 the future of dogs from all breeds and backgrounds, functional is a priority for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.”
He added: “We know that most smaller organisations depend on funding to keep up their excellent work that saves dogs lives and want to ensure they can continue despite the pandemic.
“We are also grateful for Our Dogs newspaper’s help with our appeal which has helped to grow awareness about our fund amongst their readers who have so far donated over £40,000.”
The KCCT Emergency Relief Initiative was established in April, and aims to support canine organisations which may be struggling as a result of the pandemic.
Other recipients from its funding initiative include the Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club and Greyhound Rescue, as well as Friends of Animals Wales.