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Microchips – is the registered address correct?

Microchips – Today I had an unfortunate conversation with a new customer at my boarding kennels. We were manually filling out a booking form as she does not have internet and we got to the question – “Is your dog microchipped?” Yes they were and she casually mentioned that they were registered to her old address still. So, me being me, I did what I believe to be the right thing I said “oh it’s important that you get that changed, do the dogs have collars and tags on?” “No”, she said, “my dogs don’t wear collars” <sighs>. Any way I said (as politely as I could), “what would happen if your dogs got out, no one would know who you are to return them?” She said “they wont get out of my garden”. So, I said “what if they did?” …. her answer shocked me as she was bordering on getting mad with me, she replied (snapped) words to the effect of “Ive had plenty of other things to do”. So I tactfully left it at that.

So after she had left the kennels, I felt like I’d said all the right things without being rude and that I’d covered all the important bits about dog ID and lack thereof and its’ consequences. So why did I feel like I’d somehow done the wrong thing? What makes it worse is this lady has NO INTERNET, she isn’t interested in it. So she wont be privy to any social media that could help a lost dog. Don’t get me wrong Im not knocking her for having no internet, crikey sometimes I wish I didn’t, but all the odds are stacked against her success of finding a lost dog.

I’m glad I made her aware, she may even come back to me and say she’s changed the address and the dogs now have collars and tags on. Wonders do sometimes happen, I live in hope.

Please share this blog and even print it out and give it to someone you know who has dogs like the ones above whose owners also have no internet. Maybe you know someone who has dogs who has just moved house? Ask them if their registered address is correct? Give them some advice for theirs and their dogs sake.

~ Sarah

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We ask that you agree to this before we despatch any items:

  1. Place a link on your web site. The link must be added when you start your campaign and before we release any products. It must be there until after your competition has closed or your dog show has been held.
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  4. Twitter – At least one tweet, but regular tweets do not go unnoticed.
  5. Any items sent, may not be exactly as seen on the website as we use redundant stock, the quality of these items is however, the same high standard.
  6. Winners of competitions – we expect that the recipients of prizes also share us.
  7. If you can agree to these terms, please fill out the form below and we will deal with your request asap but will nonetheless be within 30 days.

We agree to abide by the rules set out herein.

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The Animal Team

The Animal Team provides an essential link between Rescues, Rescue People and Volunteers. Our homecheck and transport groups not only provide Rescues with the ability to expand their rehoming areas, but our promptness in getting checks and runs covered also mean a quicker turnover of Rescue spaces, this in turn enables more animals to be saved.

In addition, we also help with assessments of animals waiting to come into Rescue and finding foster homes, again freeing up rescue and foster spaces. We also assist Pound Pullers with transport, these are the people who work tirelessly pulling dogs from death row & finding them Rescue spaces. It’s not just dogs… We have homechecked & transported all kinds of furries, from cats, to horses, rabbits, rats and even a pigeon!

We cover the whole of the UK with a large group of amazing volunteers, really amazing. They will drop everything for an emergency & tirelessly give their time for the furries who need them. Our admin are a wonderful team of volunteers who also give their time, energy and commitment to come to the help of these animals. No human is too young to realise the wonderful world of rescue and volunteering, one of our admins on our Rescue Register is a young teen who helps when she’s not in school and at a weekend.

If you’re a rescue looking to give yourself a wider audience, then please feel free to join our groups, or speak to an admin about joining.  Likewise, if you’re a volunteer who wouldn’t mind giving your time to animals who can’t help themselves, then please, feel free to join or speak to the admins and they will advise you as to what you need to do to join us. Come and join one of the fastest growing and fastest paced groups. We look forward to having you on board. Rescue is a 24 hour job & The Animal Team never closes. We are always here to help in any way we can.

Animal Team Links page


New Hope Animal Rescue

New Hope is dedicated to helping animals on death row & animals with medical needs. We aim to help as many animals as we can, given their circumstances and in particular, animals that have been turned away elsewhere.

We often take in animals in immediate danger to save them from death & then place them into other rescues once a space is available.

We occasionally rehome those that we consider rehomeable, but concentrate on being the middle man between immediate danger and rescue spaces. We care for animals in our own homes, foster homes or private boarding kennels, where we often have to keep many of the death row dogs.

New Hope is limited by space, fosterer’s availability & financial help. We rely on donations to help keep saving lives.

Our vet bills are very large, as we endeavour to help any animal that needs help whatever the costs might amount to, and have seen vet bills during the course of a year running into thousands of pounds.

We work alongside many people including fellow rescuers who offer placements on desperate animals, donations of money, animal food, bedding, animal housing, fostering, adopting, transporting or cross posting etc.

Animals that are considered not to be suitable to be rehomed, or animals that have not been able to find a home, whether because of medical conditions or behavioural issues remain under the care of New Hope or are placed in other non-destruct organisations.

Animals with special requirements are not destroyed as these are the very animals New Hope strives to help. They live with Niall (New Hope’s founder) & other members of New Hope permanently, many are found sanctuary homes for a lifetime of happiness & understanding of the particular animal’s needs.

New Hope concentrates on death row animals from pounds, vets & those who have been injured including wildlife. We rarely take animals in from the public unless the circumstances are extreme. Please bear this in mind if contacting New Hope. We will strive to help place healthy unwanted animals into other rescues if the situation is urgent.


Wonky Pets, Birmingham

Wonky Pets Rescue is run solely by volunteers who give up their time to help our animals in need. We rely totally on the generosity of donations to carry on the work that we do.

We are based in South Birmingham and South Derbyshire and we are always seeking volunteers to help with local fundraising events, whether that be helping to man a

fund-rais stall, collecting tombola items/donations, doing a car boot or even organising a fundraising event yourselves. Every £1 you help to raise goes directly to help the animals in our care. If you have a fundraising idea or would like to volunteer your help we would love to hear from you.


Many Tears

Many Tears Animal Rescue (MTAR) is based in Carmarthenshire, Wales but has dogs in foster homes throughout the UK. We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on “death row” in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them.

We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes. All potential adopters are interviewed and homes vetted and we do our utmost best to find the right home for each dog. The rescue has grown considerably since it first opened and now homes in excess of 3,000 dogs a year.

All our dogs are spayed/neutered, micro chipped, inoculated and wormed but in addition to this we get many dogs in need of specialist veterinary care. Some of the most frequent problems we encounter are dogs who arrive here with eye and heart problems, along with those with liver shunts and joint problems. Any treatment is required is financed by donations to the rescue which enable us to ensure each dog receives the specialist care it needs.


South Yorks English Springer Spaniel Rescue

We aim to care for and re-home as many un-wanted, stray or neglected Spaniels as we can as well as proving advice and support to current owners. Despite our title we willingly help other types of Spaniels plus cover a much larger geographical area and will not base decisions solely on the location of either a dog needing our assistance or a possible home for one of our current dogs.  As well as strays dogs come to us for reasons such as;

the “present” is too much trouble
a new baby arriving
their owners splitting up
they are too old to work
their owners working pattern changes
they have a behavioral problem
their owners move house or emigrate
or even a new puppy arrives (so the oldie has to go!)

There are many other reasons, too numerous to list but whatever the reason, we care for them and try and find them a suitable new home as soon as possible. Last year we helped 120 dogs.

We also provide support to a number of dogs on our foster scheme. Although this is a costly scheme we are very proud of it and it is something that not many rescues have. Dogs which are elderly or have a medical condition are often difficult to find homes for as people are worried about the financial commitment that may be needed. As part of our foster scheme these dogs will be found a permanent home but we will continue to provide financial assistance towards veterinary costs. We currently have around 40 dogs which are part of this scheme, which as you can imagine is a large drain on our funds.

SYESSR believe that all Springers deserve to be given every chance to live their full life regardless of their age or disability. Only on veterinary advice and when quality of life is poor is euthanasia considered. This ethos is a costly one and means extra income has to be found to support these dogs.



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Working for yourself, what’s it really like?

From an early age…

From a very early age I was the one who took the stray home, helped the injured bird, saved the mouse from the cat – I got my first job in kennels while I was still at school. Above all I seemed be the one who never mixed with the main stream and always wanted to be different. I have vivid memories of working for a small car dealership in Mountsorrel, I pretty much re arranged the whole parts store much to the disgust of my manager. I was trying to take over. I got the sack! Every job where I worked in a kennels, I would do the jobs I was asked and then more. I can remember one job in a boarding kennels, the owner said I did a great job of cleaning the yard as

I went above and beyond what I was asked to do and this is a skill people lack these days.

Leaving School

When I left school, I set up a business selling pet food, this was way before the days of social media so I can imagine how hard it must have been to advertise, it was just the Leicester Mercury and the Post Office window in those days.

When I moved to Kegworth in 1996, I got my 3rd proper job in kennels, although the guy I worked for was more like a dealer, it wasn’t a boarding kennels but it got me to where I am now as I started doing the same in 1999 – assessing dogs and supplying them to the Police & Prison Service, one dog called Storm became an arson detection dog in Ireland.

Moving Home

In 2001 I decided I wanted to move, looking back that took some balls. New area, I didn’t know any one, didn’t have a job and I had 7 dogs. Straight away I was continuing my work but streamlined it to rescuing Springer Spaniels only,Lincoln ESS Rescue (LESSR) was born. Having a policy of never turning a dog away, by 2008 I was full to bursting but with no regrets and wrapped LESSR up and took in my last / rehomed my last (yeah right!). In July 2008 I had 26 dogs to vaccinate to comply with the kennel licence!

Birth of the Boarding Kennels

2008 was the birth of Meg Heath Kennels at just 3 kennels, I did them up quickly and was soon up to 8 kennels. Such a lot of work was needed, there was roofing, land purchase for parking and vehicle access to the paddock, painting, buying panels and general refurbishment works. During all of this time I had no one to help me, I did it on my tod.

Now I look back over the last 15 years and it hasn’t been easy. Times I’d literally just break down with the shear volume of work I’d taken on, I still have done recently but I’m better at it and know what I can manage and what I can’t.

My biggest problem being a kennel owner is staff. I’ve had about 5 good ones in 9 years, they don’t stay, they move on for various reasons, 2 with health issues, one moved on to a better job for what she’d studied for, one had a life crisis and one still here who Im interviewing to replace as she’s leaving now too. It’s bloody hard when you take pride in what you do. I’m not looking for just another kennel maid, you’ll be a mini me, the only things you won’t do are sceptic tank duties and putting your arm down a drain up to your elbow to retrieve junk and dog toys. Apart from that I’ll expect you to do everything I do and vice versa.

Time Off…

Getting time off is my second biggest problem but when you have a dream job you have to make sacrifices, my sacrifice was my freedom.

When you own a boarding kennels, you sacrifice your freedom.

You don’t get holidays like every one else but them I only enjoy UK holidays anyway, like going to the Lake District or Scotland. We are hoping top get away this year and look forward to the quiet times.

There thats about it for now, but I hope to write more about what it’s like to own your own boarding kennels soon, stay tuned…

~ Sarah Gleave