Hope Rescue | Animal Friends

Hope Rescue

Established in 2005 and acting as a coordinating rescue, Hope Rescue‘s work involves moving dogs from situations where they’ll otherwise be put to sleep. The majority of the dogs that Hope Rescue has to save are those that have been taken in by local council pounds around the area of South Wales, and of course, by law, the pounds can euthanise the dogs if no one has claimed them after seven days. The charity also helps other local animal rescue centres when they are full and have dogs referred to them that they cannot take in.

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Established in 2005 and acting as a coordinating rescue, Hope Rescue‘s work involves moving dogs from situations where they’ll otherwise be put to sleep. The majority of the dogs that Hope Rescue has to save are those that have been taken in by local council pounds around the area of South Wales, and of course, by law, the pounds can euthanise the dogs if no one has claimed them after seven days. The charity also helps other local animal rescue centres when they are full and have dogs referred to them that they cannot take in.

As the charity does not have a kennels of their own they actively find spaces for the dogs in boarding kennels, other animal rescues centres, rehoming centres and foster homes; these are all around the country and Hope Rescue covers thousands of miles every month to help find each and every dog a caring environment.

Although primarily a coordinating canine welfare charity, Hope Rescue sometimes has to take in the dogs themselves when they cannot secure a rescue space due to medical problems, very old age or the size of the breed. They’ll also take dogs in from owners who can no longer care for their dog for whatever reason; the charity will foster these dogs via their fantastic network of foster homes.

Set up in 2005, Hope Rescue is not a rescue in the conventional sense. Primarily a coordinating rescue, most of our work involves saving dogs from put-to-sleep or emergency situations, irrespective of breed, age or medical condition.

We find spaces for these dogs with reputable rescue organisations and transport the dogs to them, wherever they are located. Most of these dogs are strays in local authority pounds that would otherwise be put to sleep once they have been held for 7 days. In Wales, we commit to take all the stray dogs from two local authorities and also work with a number of other pounds and rescues throughout the UK.

Because we don’t have our own centre, we use boarding kennels in South Wales to hold dogs if there is a delay between their put-to-sleep date and a rescue space becoming available. Often there just aren’t enough rescue spaces, particularly for the bull breeds and other larger breeds, so these emergency holding kennels are literally life savers. (more…)