Hounds Helping Hounds

What do we do to be "Hounds Helping Hounds"?

The Beastly Beasts provide voluntary services to the organisations mentioned on this page.

These organisations may or may not agree with our aims and views; we explicitly do not claim any endorsement by them.

While we're not on "the front line" of rescue we try and do our bit to support those that are. We also like to put something back into society and who knows, even make it a bit of a better place for hounds and humans. We do that by:

Fostering

We tend to have short term emergency fosters or dogs that for one reason or another find it hard to settle elsewhere.

The short term fosters happen because for whatever reason a dog needs to be moved from where it is now; in some cases that's because if it stays where it is it will probably die.

We also get asked to take fosters that for one reason or another have not managed to settle anywhere else. Sometimes it's because of behavioural issues, other times it's because they are young and stupid and and the humans hadn't realised just how much like hard work a puppy is (hint: they are hard work just like human puppies); usually these are lurchers.

Whatever the reason they come here, new recruits soon realise that we have a way and an order of doing things and that they are last but that they get just the same as the rest of us.

Home Checking

We only work with good rescues and all good rescues home check prospective adopters; to do otherwise is irresponsible.

So to make sure some hound is going to a nice place we take dad along to chat to the humans while we give them and their place the once over.

We currently home check for Accolade Hounds, Birmingham Greyhound Protection, Greyhound Gap, and Greyhound Rescue West of England.

If you run a greyhound and/or lurcher rescue and need a home checked in or around Northampton, drop us a line – we'd be happy to help; we check to your criteria and apply the highest standards. If your rescue is for other breeds and are stuck, again we're happy to help, but bear in mind our expertise is in sighthounds – 'coz that's what we are.

Fund Raising

We find raise in a few way. One is Meet and Greet – sometimes called Awareness – Days. We are happy to turn up and swell the numbers; our experience is that the more hounds there are the more people that stop, have a chat, and put money in the tin.

We also raise money for greyhound and lurcher rescues on-line.

If you shop on-line a perfect way for you to help us raise funds is to shop via The Beastly Beasts easyfundraising page; it's free and  every penny we raise goes to rescues. Easyfundraising has over 2,700 retailers with household names such as Amazon, B&Q, Sainsubury's, Tesco, and many more. So whether you are buying a bed, book, bathroom, or beer, you can get all the great deals and raise funds for rescues.

Giving Blood

All of The Beastly Beasts that meet the requirements either are, have been, or will be blood donors for the Pet Blood Bank – PBBuk.

We were among the earliest donors, getting involved at PBBuk's 2nd session. Things have moved on a bit since then; Monty was donor number 14, Flash donor 4814.

We think donating blood is a fab thing to do; it can help up to 4 other dogs, it doesn't hurt one bit (Kai used to fall asleep while donating), you get cuddles from lovely ladies, and you get checked out each time and have a full blood analysis annually – all of which is shared with your vet. Monty was found to have a high liver enzyme level that was picked up after donating; turns out that greyhounds have high levels anyway, but Monty's was higher still. Thanks to giving blood he was treated before any liver damage occurred.

Greyhounds in particular and some lurchers have some of the best blood their is due to a high red blood cell count and a fair few have negative type blood which is universal (positive blood can go to positive dogs only, negative blood can go to positive and negative dogs). So if you can, please go do it; help save some lives and keep yourself healthy.

We also donate on an emergency basis to our vet; perhaps bizarrely, it is the ones "retired" from the PBBuk scheme that tend to do this, that's because the age limit at PBBuk is imposed by legislation, not on medical grounds.

Get Noticed

Their are lots of us so it's hard not to be noticed. Because of that we are aware that our behaviour can influence what many humans think about hounds, so we try to behave properly when we are out and about. That doesn't mean some of us won't shout back if somedog else shouts at us – we're not pussies, but we won't shout first.

And if people come to say hello, especially human puppies, we'll be nice to them.

Sometimes new hounds don't quite behave properly to begin with, but they soon learn.

Pets As Therapy

Most of us are Pets As Therapy dogs. While this doesn't directly help hounds – it helps humans – we enjoy it, the people we visit enjoy it, and we think it helps show greyhounds and lurchers in a good light.

We visit St. Andrew's, a mental health hospital. People we see are there for all sorts of reasons; some are just like your human and some have real problems talking with other humans and expressing themselves. But we like everyone and everyone is nice to us. We have made some really good friends and we like to think we make a difference to peoples lives while they are in hospital.

Blue Cross Education

Most of us are also Blue Cross Education dogs; we visit schools and youth groups to talk about things like animal welfare and being safe around dogs (not all are as nice as us). This doesn't necessarily help a hound there and then; this is part of a long term plan to make sure humans respect animals and know how to look after us.

Sometimes there are human puppies that are afraid of us when we arrive; ususally they aren't afraid by the time we leave and often come to say hello.