Our long term goal for Greyhound Gap has been, for many years, to own our own kennels and we 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 2015 and moved in! The pressure was then on to get the deposit together and proceed with the purchase as soon as possible, and finally in December 2017, just in time for Christmas - the purchase was completed. The dream became a reality. A heartfelt THANK YOU goes to every single person who helped make this happen... it means a lot.
But... we cannot afford to rest on our laurels or ease off the fundraising pedal, the hard work really starts here! Owning our own premises is a massive undertaking, a significant milestone for securing Greyhound Gap's future and the dogs in our care. We now need to maintain the fundraising momentum for kennel specific funding for the ongoing improvements, maintenance and upkeep of the facilities to continue to ensure the dogs in our care get only the very best.
Our 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 is the opportunity to sponsor memory dog tags to hang from the bridge via the Supporting Us section of our online shop.
Just Giving Kennel Appeal
During our years of fundraising for a deposit, we have had a Just Giving Kennel Appeal at its core. This page closes on 25th December 2017 but the link remains here for the time being to show us all how hard everyone worked to help us reach our goal. It is likely a similar page will launch for kennel specific funding and will be added here in due course. For now, we are extremely grateful and humbled but the amazing support we have received. In the meantime, if anyone wishes to contribute to the future of our (how good does that sound!!) kennels, alternative methods of making a donation can be found on our How to Donate page.