The Big Give Is OPEN……please help us win funds for our hounds!
Every year we take part in their ‘Christmas Challenge’ for one week (1st – 8th December).
We are thrilled to announce that thanks to everyone who donated, we’ve exceeded our matching pot target! Donations are no longer being doubled BUT please do carry on supporting appeal to help us win some additional prize money.
Time left to donate…
PLEASE READ: Adopting a hound during the new Tier system, effective from 2nd Dec 2020
As we emerge from lock down into the new Tier system, we will continue to work within government restrictions to safely rehome our available hounds. This is now more complex depending on where you live and what Tier group you are in, together with the tier group of your hound’s location.
When you have been matched to a suitable hound the local homing team will advise and guide you as to how we can enable a meeting to take place. Forever Hounds Trust will continue to work within the current DEFRA Guidance provided to rescue charities. This enables us to continue to safely home dogs and take in dogs who are in urgent need of our care.
Our homing procedures during the tier period will therefore be:
1. Rehoming of dogs will continue; however this may be on a delivery basis only, if you are in Tier 3
2. The majority of our hounds in Tier 2 can be delivered to their new home or fosterer, if this absolutely cannot be done and it is considered reasonably necessary for welfare reasons, the dog can be collected from the agreed location by the new owner but this will have the additional conditions attached:
- By appointment only
- Handover takes place outside
- Social distancing and other safety precautions must apply.
- Owners may only be permitted to come to the centre to relinquish an animal in emergencies or when it is considered to be in the best interest of the animal’s welfare.
- All relinquishments on site must be carried out in a Covid-secure manner.
- Social distancing and safe handling protocols must be followed both when taking in dogs, and when giving them to their new owner.
We regret that we currently are unable to check any of our dogs for their ability to live with a cat, and so for the time being are unable to accept any home offers with resident cats or other small, furry creatures. You can read our current guidance for homing one of our hounds here.
Please note we will continue to accept urgent Forever Hounds Trust dog returns where there is a safety or welfare concern.
All our staff and volunteers will be putting into practice the ‘Hands. Face. Space’ measures, when meeting the public to ensure we keep each other safe during this period. We thank you for your continued patience and appreciate your support through these challenging times.
Our own centre – kennel purchase update!
The Trustees of Forever Hounds Trust are delighted to be able to tell you that we now own our own kennels!
The purchase of the kennel facility in Cullompton, Devon was completed on the 18th November. We have temporary staff and volunteers on site for the short term, but the aim is to have live in staff and dogs in the centre from December.
This is such exciting news, and marks a huge step forward for our charity – and what a way to begin our 25th year! Working alongside our other regions of operation, this will realise our vision of creating a centre of excellence for greyhound and lurcher welfare.
The kennels will be named the ‘Centre for Homing and Welfare’.
As you can imagine, there is a huge amount of work to be done – some urgent and immediate, some taking rather longer to get the Centre where we need it to be. So watch this space for future updates!
Reasons why we love this dog…
He really needs a loving home
He adores people
He likes to share a sofa
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