THE CAUSEWAY COAST DOG RESCUE WORKS TO IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The Causeway Coast Dog Rescue recently met with fellow charities to discuss some of their concerns on dog welfare in N.Ireland and how they could lead the way in making changes for the better, recently published on Causeway Coast and Glens borough Council website – https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/news/causeway-coast-dog-rescue-lead-the-way-in-developing-partnerships-to-improv The charity located on the north coast was established to rescue and rehome dogs while focusing on the general welfare of dogs in their area. The CCDR members have started to receive regular requests for help from residents on concerns about neglect or animal cruelty in their area which is raising additional concerns.
Since December, there has been a steady increase in requests to take unwanted dogs and the numbers are also increasing year on year. Healthy dogs continue to be destroyed by local councils and to address this and many other concerns, the charity is leading on discussing the issues with other dog rescue charities in N.Ireland. The first meeting recently took place in Coleraine on the north coast.
Chairman of the charity Margaret Dimdale-Bobby said, “I felt it was important for us to meet and share some of our experiences in dog rescue and rehoming; animal welfare and importantly sharing best practice so we can continue to develop and improve the services we provide. We will also be looking at best practice in the rest of Britain as we have recently attended a meeting with Westminster MPs to discuss the impact of Brexit which has an impact on dog rescue and rehoming – particularly the new rules of dog passports!
Almost Home located in Lisburn was one of the charity’s attending the meeting stated, “We take in hundreds of dogs each year and the experiences to our volunteers can be traumatising and yet always fulfilling when we achieve the new home for an unwanted dog. We take in other animals and receive requests from all over the country, similar to the CCDR. We have learned so much today by sharing our experiences with the others at the meeting and look forward to the next one.”
Maggie continued, “The experience of charities and individual volunteers at grass roots is essential to share with others, particularly as none of these charities receive any government funding or support. Many charities take calls seven days per weeks and volunteers are never off duty as there is always something to do, someone to help and a dog to rescue. The CCDR will be focusing this year on building partnerships and on education, ensuring people are aware of the issues being faced on a daily basis by so many dog rescue charities. Our ethos is that ‘every dog deserves a second chance’ but we are worrying that so many more dogs, are needing that second chance than ever before.”
For more information on reporting animal cruelty in your areas, go to https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/contacts/animal-welfare-local-councils and for more information on rehoming a dog with the Causeway Coast Dog Rescue, go to their facebook or www.causewaycoastdogrescue.org @CCDogRescue