31st of December, 2014 – We wish you all a happy, healthy 2015
2014 was a notable year for the charity,in which we celebrated our tenth anniversary. The occasion was celebrated by volunteers and supporters at an excellent Garden Party at Westie ReHoming HQ, entertained by a super band ‘Roadhogs’.
The year was a very busy one, with the launch of a new website, various educational events and seminars, and working on a couple of exciting projects to be announced in 2015. Other educational events are being planned for 2015, not least of which is hoped to be a return seminar with highly popular top dog law solicitor Trevor Cooper.
We lost some valuable volunteers in 2014 to health problems, and saw the very sad passing of two very special people. However, we have recruited some lovely new people and look forward to working with them in 2015. We recently appointed a new trustee, the multi talented Anna who will be an asset to the charity.
Our little charity westie Eilidh became the cover girl for the Kennel Club 2015 calendar and we were invited by the KC to attend Discover Dogs to help promote the calendar. Earlier in the year some volunteers and rehomed westies attended Crufts, promoting the charity on a stand courtesy of Eukanuba and Kennel Club Breed Rescue.
We received an unprecedented number of enquiries and requests for help in 2014 which must reflect the growing crisis in rehoming. We had more requests too for advice and pet bereavement counselling. This time of year is even more poignant for anyone who has lost a pet or had to rehome one, and we feel for them deeply.
Our hope for 2015 is that people will think more carefully before choosing their family pet. Our experience over the Christmas season has shown that we still have a long way to go, despite the negative publicity surrounding puppy farming. In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to exist, but the reality is very different.
Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful new year from all at Westie ReHoming.
(By the way, we still have some Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendars for sale at £5 featuring our little superstar. If you’d like one please call or email us)