Hounds Helping Hounds
What do we do to be "Hounds Helping Hounds"?
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:
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.
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, and Greyhound Gap.
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.
We fund 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.
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 somedogelse 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.
We do lots of stuff for a number of organisations; a lot of us are: Pets As Therapy dogs and visit St Andrew's Healthcare, Blue Cross Education dogs and visit schools and youth groups, and/or blood donors with Pet Blood Bank UK (we occasionally donate blood at our vet). You can find out more here.