It is becoming increasingly more worrying that the number of hours required just to stay on top of an ever increasing work load are rapidly running out. Just over the course of the last week there have been 15 new rehoming requests, 8 of which were in just one weekend and all of which require one to one time with often very distraught owners. We will always be as sympathetic as we can be to everyones situation but in turn it means we do have to have some down time too so the bank holiday's have been a welcome releif, even if it does create an even bigger backlog. We make every effort though to be available 24 hours a day and thankfully most people are very thoughtful as to when they call, but it can't always be helped - emergencies never happen during office hours so our Emergency/Crisis line is a very important part of our charity set up. However calling at 10pm to ask us to pick up the dog you took on by mistake from Facebook that evening isn't something we can really do anything about and I am sorry we were unable to dispatch a volunteer to sort out your mistake until the next morning, by which time the dog was long gone.
It was increadily sad though to learn at the start of the week how our Manchester Dog's Home Fire survivor Busta (on the left of the photo) had passed away. The fire started the night before he was due to come into our care and it was a very long night with volunteers on scene trying to find out if he was one of the lucky ones that got out. After a very stressful night not knowing if he was safe we finally discovered the next day that he was OK and he went on to live the most amazing life. He is one of those dogs that etched a place in all of our hearts and he will be sadly missed by many within the rescue as well as by his amazing family.
As will Lola, and you can see Lola's story here: https://youtu.be/ZUONv0fQaXc
But please be aware it's a very sad watch. We often film ourselves on some of the jobs we do and in some cases share them on our You Tube channel. We felt it very important that this story should be shared as part of our Trevor's Treaty campaign which we currently have running asking the Kennel Club to rethink the registration of CNR dogs. You can find out why we feel this is important here:http://www.bulldogrescue.org.uk/TrevorsTreaty
Lola's life has to have stood for something and if by sharing her story shows just one puppy buyer that the fad colours are bred for profit and nothing more then she didn't die in vain. Run free Lola, you were a very brave little lady and I'm sorry your short 10 months were nothing but suffering.
April as a month saw us help 28 dogs which was 2 up on the previous year, however the end of March also saw our year end and the over all figures were actually less dogs. During the financial year 2018-2019 we helped 251 dogs which was 10 less than the same period the year before, one of the big problems we are facing is that more and more dogs are coming in needing treatment and are therefore staying longer. Last year the average length of stay was 57 days, this year it was 73 days. With foster and kennel spaces not becoming free quickly means we were unable to help as many dogs as the previous year. However, in terms of costs though we are literally haemorrhaging money, the increased treatment costs meant that our vet bill during this financial period was £86,00.00 as opposed to £70,000.00 the year before.
Some of this can be attributed to the ever-increasing costs of vet fees and some can be attributed to the increase in the number of dogs in our care that need veterinary help either before, during or after they are rehomed. However, the biggest increase has been in CNR dogs with over 5% of our current intake being dogs of non-recognised colour when 4 years ago it was 0%. Where this will end I have no idea but it is a major worry.
This weekend saw us in our usual attendance at the quarterly Breed Council meeting. BDR and the BC have pledged to work much closer together - especially over education. The council is a very important part of our breeds future and something I was suddendly very aware of this weekend is just how much progress they have made. When I came into this breed 25 years ago Rescue was a swear word, but "Health Testing" was an even bigger swear word. Listening to the Health Committee give their report on exactly how far we have come made me very very proud to be a part of that and I can't stress enough how important it is to ask your breeder about the health testing on the parents of your puppy. We need healthy bulldogs to create healthy bulldogs so we will shortly be putting together an educational package explaining how to find a bulldog puppy and what to avoid. Meanwhile you can see the breed council's advice about pups and many many other great resources here: http://www.bulldogbreedcouncil.co.uk/
Until next time, thanks for dropping in the blog