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For my sins, I started to write some magazine articles earlier this year, and specialise mainly in equestrian and countryside features.

I'm hoping to pitch a feature on small charities, and would like to feature a canine one. Not quite so small as one person with a couple of kennels in his back yard, more of a well established and forward looking charity but it needs to be one that is NOT government funded or lottery funded.

I know we have some members on here that are involved with charities but I'm not sure how they are funded - as I say, I really want one that relies pretty much 100% on donations by members of the public and local business, on volunteers and on donations of goods, such as dog food, blankets and so on.

Can anyone help please?
 

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Hi,

No animal charities are government or lottery funded. It's not allowed, sadly.

You'll find animal charities from small ones run by a volunteer/group of volunteers, through to the well known national ones, with centres and paid staff (if we're talking animal rescue centres). But as far as I know, they all have to raise money via the public/grants, no matter how large.

Oldies Club is a small dog rescue charity. We are all volunteers. We use a network of foster homes around the UK to care for our dogs in a home environment. We pay for all vet bills until the dog is adopted - and in the case of sponsor dogs, who remain as permanent fosters, for the rest of the dog's life.

We raise funds through fundraising (all sorts of things), the 'adoption donation' and through some grants we have been fortunate enough to be awarded. Our vet bills are pretty horrific - they reached £75k in a recent 12 month period. Quite a sum for us to raise as volunteers! We don't have a rescue centre, because we use foster homes, so we don't benefit from 'local' support in the same way as rescues who do have a central base.

If you'd like to know more, feel free to get in touch :)

Angela
Oldies Club: http://www.oldies.org.uk
 

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Tucker came from Lizzie's Barn Animal Sanctuary - a small rescue in Wales.

I transported a couple of lovely dogs in the summer to Hula Rescue, sent them and friends some toys while they wait for homes and received a lovely, unexpected thank you letter this week, some info about them included in it:

 

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LRRSS (labrador retriever rescue scotland) they take on and foster a lot of labs that have severe health issues and pay / assist with vets bills and try to find forever homes.

Im in the middle of making up shoe box's with goodies for the dogs, seen the work they do on facebook and they also have a website.
 

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Oh and I can't help but support the Oldies Club as they have such fun ways of raising money and are sooooo good to the poor old dogs that would probably otherwise not get a second chance. :(
 
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