Benji is an ex-racing greyhound with a traumatic past – his first ‘owner’ has been banned for life from owning dogs due to his history of cruelty, neglect and abuse. Benji was kept with a large number of greyhounds outside in a field, all underfed and never handled. He has multiple scars from this time in his life. When Benji was given to a home by this first owner, he was terrified of everything and within 24 hours, he escaped and lived outdoors for over 13 months, including over two very harsh winters. It took extraordinary efforts on the part of Forever Hounds Trust volunteers to bring him into our care.
Now living in a special Forever Hounds Trust home, Benji has made a slow but tremendous progress – from hiding behind the sofa to lying on top of it, and no longer bolting when his family even look at him. He has the same walk every day so that he feels secure in his routine. During his time living rough outdoors he was hit by a car but Benji has slowly learned not to be afraid of cars anymore.
Even these seemingly tiny steps are not yet fully embedded in him and he remains an extremely frightened and timid dog, often unable to accept human comfort or touch. Any small change in his routine can make him physically ill for days and disturb him emotionally for weeks. Any big changes to Benji’s routine are very traumatic for him and may cause him to revert to his previous behaviour. Through our Sponsor a Dog scheme, Benji is guaranteed the time, space and love that he needs and Forever Hounds Trust will cover Benji’s care costs for the rest of his life.
By choosing to sponsor Benji you can be sure your gift will make a real difference! Your nominated recipient will receive a certificate of Benji, an annual update on what he has been up to, and a little something special at Christmas.
Our suggested donation for a year’s sponsorship is just £3 per month, which you can make here. If you would prefer to make a one-off donation, we are suggesting a donation of £30 – this would be greatly appreciated but we are, of course, grateful for any amount you can give. If you are donating as a gift for someone else please use this page and choose the donation amount you would like to give.
Please allow 7 working days for fulfillment of sponsorship orders.