BLOWING YOUR TRUMPET VOLUNTARILY!
Greyhound Rescue Wales always needs volunteer support in our work as we are a charity made up of mainly of unpaid volunteers and rely on our greyhound supporters.
Volunteers are needed to take on some of the practical tasks in re-homing the dogs, checking prospective adopters and in transporting hounds to and from their homes. We also need help organising fund-raising activities, helping at street collections or at the various shows and events we attend each year. We welcome people getting in touch offering as many hours as they can spare especially now we have our own sanctuary at Hillcrest where there are a myriad of jobs to be done almost every day.
We also need the help of professionals to advise us on legal issues, technical issues, land management, plumbing, building work, fencing, drainage, catering, event organisation – you name it we now need it!
We attend shows or have our own fun dog shows through the year, in addition to sponsored walks. This gives us another opportunity to raise funds. In the past we have had various stalls including bring and buy, raffles, plants, cakes, cards and tombola. We have a merchandise stall which is ongoing. If you have any fresh ideas which you think would boost this side of our fund raising, please Contact Us.
If you are able to join in with the street collections, you would be most welcome to help out. These collections can be fun and very rewarding, as apart from bringing in much needed funds, the greyhounds themselves attract a very positive reaction from the public, especially children. We regularly get comments like “We’ve been told they make very good pets. “Isn’t it awful the way they are treated.”, “What is their history?”, “Are they easy to look after?”, “Good luck! You’re doing a great job.” and “Oh, they ’re lovely dogs.”
We point out that money collected goes to funding the cost of the sanctuary, plus jabs, micro chipping and neutering. This is ongoing. As one dog is adopted there is always another waiting to come in. There have been instances where children have not wanted to leave the dogs on our collections – we have had young children give all their pocket money when on a day out shopping – there are endless, heart-warming stories like this that re-kindle your belief in human kindness in times of economic hardship.
However, the harsh truth is we need more of almost everything – and not always does that equate to cash. We do need people with time, energy and effort to help us with the practical tasks that we come up against.
There are lots of areas where Greyhound Rescue Wales is short of volunteers e.g. home checking and transport. Getting involved is very satisfying and gives you a chance to be hands on and involved with the dogs – they then become much more than just a name or a photo on the website.
If you can spare some time then why not volunteer to help us? Just complete this on line form and we will be back in touch as soon as we can.
We also need donations and volunteers for our charity shops – unwanted Christmas and birthday presents, vintage clothing and goods are all welcome and can help raise funds to support our hounds.