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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

KC charitable trust to the rescue!

Featured Written by Our Dogs - 22/05/20

Following the launch of an appeal in OUR DOGS to generate more money to help the Kennel Club Charitable Trust reach out to dog rescue, there is good news this week for many organisations that were struggling in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.

The first tranche of relief grants totalling over £50,000 were paid this week by the Trust to 20 recipients comprising breed rescue and general dog rescue. All were small community operations with big hearts and little money.

When the trustees decided to set up an emergency relief fund they knew that with limited resources the target audience should be breed rescue and small/local dog rescues with little or no reserves. The dedication of people rescuing and re-homing dogs on a shoe string is little short of inspiring and the KCCT was determined to help. They also knew that the task was huge but resources were inadequate. Notwithstanding that reality the trustees felt that they could not stand by and do nothing however limited the funding. So an emergency relief fund was set up and in a very short time had nearly 50 applications. 


In April, the Kennel Club, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) and the Kennel Club Educational Trust (KCET) announced their intention to support canine organisations in their communities which may be suffering genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many applications were received with difficult decisions having to be made for where funds needed to be allocated most urgently. 

Reverend Bill King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said: “We have received a significant number of applications for our emergency funding and have had to make some very hard decisions on where funds need to be placed as a matter of urgency. 
“We would like to say a big thank you to Our Dogs newspaper for their support for the KCCT Emergency Relief Initiative. Thanks to the campaign, the Trust has received over £40,000 generously donated by readers. 

“We are particularly grateful for the donation of £35,000 from the British Chihuahua Club Rescue Association. Margaret Foote, the co-ordinator/treasurer of BCCRA explained that it was after seeing the appeal in Our Dogs that she wanted to contribute as she wanted to support smaller breed rescues, following help from a small rescue that she had received.  

 “When Our Dogs offered to be the Trust’s appeals partner we were hugely grateful and would like to thank the readership for their generous support of the appeal.  There is more to do so please give what you can for the love of dogs and hopefully with these donations we can look to what more we can be doing to assist dog rescue organisations which is needed more than ever before.”

Bill added, “Our fund was nearly exhausted when thanks to the Our Dogs campaign we received two pledges for £35,000 and £5,000 respectively. In fact the £35,000 gift has already been banked and how it is used will be discussed further by the Trustees. At the end of the day we are all dog lovers as indeed was the lady who left this legacy to us, so it seems fitting that it can help, where there is need. Then Vince Hogan told us of another substantial donation, this time £5,000 in the pipeline and with our tails up we are gearing up for another speedy distribution of funds. The trustees were supported by a small team of KC staff who turned the idea into reality and we are most grateful to them.”

The £5,000 pledge was in fact a private donation by OUR DOGS Director Mr John Shaw a long standing exhibitor of Pekingese and co owner of Crufts BIS winner, the Tibetan Terrier ‘Fabulous Willy’ back in 2007. 
In addition, nearly £4,000 has been donated on the Virgin Money giving page with one donor also pledging £1000. 


Some of the recipients of funds from the KCCT include breed rescue organisations such as the Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club and Greyhound Rescue as well as other general smaller dog rescue organisations such as Friends of Animals Wales (below) which is the charity from where Boris Johnson re-homed Dilyn the Jack Russell Terrier.

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