30 years of Borders Pet Rescue – £30,000 appeal

2018 sees us celebrating 30 years of Borders Pet Rescue (formally Borders Animal Welfare Association). We have some big plans to improve the centre and we would like to raise £30,000 by the end of the year to enable us to carry out some of the work that is needed. We need your help to raise this sum, either through fundraising, donating, or coming along and supporting us at any of our events!

Behind many of the animals that come to our Rescue Centre there is a human connection: often a heart breaking story of an owner who can no longer cope through illness, infirmity or a major change in their lives. Sometimes it is a story that involves neglect; quite often, a case of failing to appreciate what is involved in caring for a pet.
Whatever the circumstances, all the animals that come to us receive the same treatment: loving care until such time as they can be found a suitable new ‘forever’ home. It is a sad fact that demand for our services has never been higher.
We are currently able to accommodate over 30 cats, but only 6 dogs. At any one time we have a waiting list of dogs in need of rescue and re-homing… and we know that we could fill our existing kennels many times over. Despite extensive use of foster carers, this lack of capacity has proved a major barrier to the growth and development of the charity.

As there are no national rescue charities now operating in the Scottish Borders it is independent Rescue Centres such as ours that have to pick up the pieces when animals are abandoned or have to be given up for adoption by their owners.

It is for the reasons stated above that we would like to build additional kennels to increase our  capacity for dogs. Our aim is to create 10 new kennels, some with dual access and new doors at either end of the building to ensure that problem dogs can enter and leave the kennel block without   upsetting other residents. Two of the kennels will be built to allow a wall to be removed to provide a double kennel or one kennel suitable for the largest breeds.

The project will include full refurbishment of the building itself to ensure it is able to be kept clean and hygienic and also heated and ventilated efficiently. Work to convert the stable block will cost in the region of £73,000.

How you can help us reach our £30,000 target…

Fundraising doesn’t have to be hard, so why not try one of these simple ideas first? Could you get your friends, family, colleagues or classmates to do it with you too?

  • Sponsorship – doesn’t have to be about sporting challenges….. climb a mountain, do a silence, dye your hair…. do the chores for a week. If you are a dog owner, you may want to take part in our Big Borders Dog Walk event in June. This walk is suitable for all ages and abilities (of humans and dogs!)….. full details are published on our website and Facebook page in the months leading up to the event.
  • Coffee morning – Ok, I know it sounds a bit dull, but why not make it different… a vintage tea party theme, complete with 1940’s/1950’s clothes for the people serving the food and drink?
  • Why not turn your next party or celebration into a fundraiser? Could you ask for donations instead of presents? Nominate us for a retirement collection, or donations to Borders Pet Rescue instead of anniversary or birthday gifts?
  •  Non-uniform day
  •  Hold a quiz night

There are also many ways to donate to us, you can find out about them by clicking HERE