Our long term goal for Greyhound Gap has been, for many years, to own our own kennels and have spent eight years fundraising to obtain a deposit to enable that dream. The benefits of having our own property are huge; charity costs are greatly are reduced from private boarding fees, it allows far more one to one attention for all of our hounds and the opportunity to work more intensely with our more troubled dogs - giving them all a greater chance of finding a new home. The advantages for the dogs, and the charity as a whole, are enormous.
In 2015 we were given the amazing opportunity to lease a property and purpose built kennels with an option to buy. We collected the keys on 1st October and moved in! The pressure was then on to get the deposit together and proceed with the purchase as soon as possible, we just need to get that deposit raised before we can proceed with the purchase!!
However, once purchased we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Owning our own premises is a massive undertaking, a significant milestone for Greyhound Gap's future and as such we need to maintain the fundraising momentum for kennel specific funding for the ongoing improvements, maintenance and upkeep of the facilities.
These facilities include:
- 36 kennels and runs
- 6 isolation kennels held within a secure and properly segregated isolation block
- 14 block purpose built brick structured ex-cattery, now converted to suitable kenneling accommodation
- Storage areas
- Shop area, selling sell dog food, coats, collars, leads, muzzles etc. to our adopters and kennel visitors
- 1/3 acre secure paddock
We are also able to share our facilities with wider audience by offering licensed boarding for your dogs, hosting open days, holding smaller fundraising events such as curry nights and BBQ afternoons, training days and workshops to name but a few.
In addition we have created a beautiful memory garden; a quiet and private area dedicated to memory of lost hounds and loved ones. With a water feature, memory bridge, statues and planting it is a lovely place to reflect and remember. There will be the opportunity to sponsor memory dog tags to hang from the bridge and we will release further information on how to go about this when we launch the scheme.
How to donate to the Kennel Appeal
The quickest and easiest way to donate is via Just Giving on our specially set up kennels fundraising page on the link below:
Just Giving Fundraiser. Alternative methods for donating can be found on our How to Donate page.