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Kennel News 13 August 2017

12th August 2017

This week it's a volunteers workshop, a planned get together and late night kennel shenanigans at the party.......

GENERAL NEWS - Our trailer is now painted in the new brand green livery and will certainly stand out and be noticed!!! Hopefully the new signage will tone down the effect of our 'Jolly Green Giant'. The new van is on order and the present one goes in for a week to have the scuffs and chips alleviated on Mon 21st before its return to lease company. We will be van-less for that week but will manage if there is a need to go out.

We attended a Volunteers workshop last Wednesday at Birmingham Dogs Home. The day started with a presentation by the CEO and Chairman of Trustee's about the way the Trust is moving forward. Re-branding is being slowly spread out around the Branches and they aim for completion by 2018. Nationally, the re-homing figures were down last year and also for the first six months this year and this trend is also reported by other re-homing charities. Work is being carried out on a new analogue database, which will hopefully be live in early 2018, which will reduce paperwork and monthly reporting for the branches. A debate followed on how we can promote Greyhounds then a financial report was given on the current state of the Charity. Registration for VAT has helped to generate more finance and branches now have to send monthly returns but there are some branches still lacking in reporting process. After a working lunch, details were given out regarding the new code of practice that is being drawn up and also standards for kennels, volunteer training, fostering, homing procedures and follow ups. These are being 'rolled out' to branches in the near future with further training days planned, either in branch or on a regional basis. This was followed by a presentation on Marketing, Communications and Events and the use of social media including both good and bad points. Finally, we discussed how the new branding should benefit the Trust and the way forward. It was certainly an interesting day!

Kennel team member Sarah has had her operation to remove some bone from her shoulder joint and will be off for 6 weeks minimum as her arm recovers. Other team members covering, together with Lynn or bank staff member and all is running smoothly.

One thing that we are still having are requests for holiday boarding but due to the limited amount of kennel space we have now, we are no longer able to offer this service - sorry.

APPEALS - We desperately need volunteers on our roadshows - we had to cancel Hednesford last week due lack of volunteers to attend. Please, if you only have an hour or two to spare and would like to help out, contact us and we can get you on the roadshow rota.

We are now well into the carnival and fete season and we are still terribly short of good quality tombola prizes. This is an integral part of our fundraising at events, we would be really grateful if you could have a scout around at home to see if you have any unused or unwanted items that would be suitable as tombola prizes (don't forget that we also have little ones 'having a go' so items suitable for children are also appreciated). Items can be dropped off at the kennels at any time during the day.

Our collection of bottles (wine, spirits, fizz or pop) for the raffle at our Christmas party is slowly growing - we raise a lot of money for the hounds this way so if you are able to donate a bottle or two to the collection, we would be very grateful. If you wanted to add a Christmas wish note with your bottle, please do! Bottles can be dropped off at the kennels at anytime during the day.

EVENTS THIS WEEK - Last Saturday a group of volunteers took their hounds and the gazebo to Bloxwich Carnival. The weather was changeable to say the least, a dull start developed into thunder and lightning accompanied by heavy showers. However the sun did shine and everyone had an enjoyable time showing what wonderful pets greyhounds make. The attendance at the Carnival seemed lower than last year but there was still a keen interest in learning about owning a greyhound. Despite the wet weather people were keen to have a go on the tombola and we collected £70. During the day a lady and her daughter visited us with a load of clothes she had knitted for us together with two full donation boxes. You really do meet some lovely people at the roadshows. So yes Bloxwich was different this year, but nevertheless it was still very worthwhile. Thanks to everyone who came along and helped, including Angie, Jackie, Ann, Jayne and Dawn and Paul Brownsword.

On Friday 4 August it was the turn of New Cross care home to receive a visit from our lovely hounds and Jamie and Zoe were chosen to be our ambassadors this time. Unsurprisingly they didn't let us down and enthusiastically made their way around lounges and individual rooms to greet the residents who had plenty of time to take a break from their activities preparing for their beach party on Saturday. Many of the residents are very well known to us now and we always make sure to seek them out otherwise they remind us on our next visit that they missed us. It's good to know our visits are so highly anticipated and enjoyed. And the hounds are made so welcome. This time there was sausages on offer for them. Needless to say, they didn't refuse! Time always goes so quickly on our visits but we always leave with a sense of satisfaction that our hounds have worked their magic and brightened the days of these lovely people.

UPCOMING EVENTS - We are planning out very first volunteer get together on an informal basis which is open to every volunteer registered with our branch and of course any family members you would like to bring along. This will be on Thursday 31 August and we do hope you are able to come along and join us - if you can come, please let us know by Saturday 26 August so we can finalise numbers in time.

THIS WEEKS NEWBIES - These beauties are all on the website adoption page and we have six more joining us next week. 

Annie is a black female, just over 3 and is a very small lady who is very sweet and quiet. She is a lovely girl who can sometimes be a bit timid, but as soon as she gets to know you she comes out of her shell. She walks nicely on the lead and is excited to meet other dogs when out and about. She's a very pretty girl with a lovely black coat. She's well behaved around other larger dogs and shows no signs of any aggression. 

Ricki is a black and white male, nearly 4 and is new in the kennels, currently being assessed. 

Callie is a black female, 3 years old and again is new in the kennels currently being assessed. 

Gail is another black female, 4 and a half years old and is new in the kennels currently being assessed. 

To see all of our hounds who are looking for a home, click through to our website which is fully updated with all our beautiful hounds here.

We still have lots of interest in our hounds and have five on reserve, waiting to be collected from kennels for new homes soon. Thanks to all volunteers who give up their time to complete home checks.

HOUNDS HOMED THIS WEEK - Beautiful Monica became Missy when she left with the Lowe family for her new life of leisure! Rodney kept his name as he left us for his forever home with the Astley family. We took Toby out to Dudley to join his new family, the Hopkins and King, now know as Astle, left us to live with the Griffin family in Lower Gornal. Play nicely everyone, and pictures are on Facebook and Twitter.

AND FINALLY....The hounds were kept amused on Saturday afternoon and into the night with the antics going on at the family summer party, and even had visits from a lot of the guests late at night, much to their amusement!

That's it for this week, same time next week!

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