13 Jul 2017

Hope Rescue Centre officially opens on 13 July thanks to social investment from Charity Bank and WCVA.

For the past 12 years, Hope Rescue has saved the lives of stray, abandoned and neglected dogs in the South Wales area. The Official Opening of its new dedicated rescue centre, which will allow it to expand its reach and help even more dogs in need, will take place on Thursday 13th July.

Founded in 2005 by Vanessa Waddon, Hope Rescue has worked tirelessly alongside other animal welfare charities and local authorities to help stray and abandoned dogs in South Wales. It now takes all stray dogs from three local authorities - Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen - irrespective of their breed, age or medical condition.

Hope rescue new centre

Vanessa Waddon, founder of Hope Rescue, said: "We're thrilled to have realised our vision of opening a dedicated rescue centre.

'Sourcing emergency kennel space for dogs waiting to be fostered, adopted or moved on to other reputable rescues had become increasingly challenging, with peak times resulting in significant pressure on spaces available. With our own rescue centre, we will now be able to grow the number of dogs we can help and expand our impact.

The new Hope Rescue Centre. Photo: Steve Philips

'We're so grateful to our funders, Charity Bank and WCVA. Without them this simply wouldn't have been possible.'

Charity Bank, the ethical bank that uses savings to make loans to charities and social enterprises, provided a loan of £420,000 towards the purchase of the rescue centre. WCVA's Social Investment Cymru provided an additional loan of £150,000 and social investment totalling £80,000 through a combination of repayable assistance and grant funding from their Social Business Growth Fund (which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government). The remainder of funds came from the charity's own fundraising and reserves.

Chris Tweedie, Regional Manager of Charity Bank, said: 'Charity Bank exists to make sure that charities and social enterprises can continue to thrive and make a difference. Hope Rescue is a dedicated and caring charity that saves stray and abandoned dogs. We're delighted to have been able to assist them in taking this major step to grow its work.'

Alun Jones, Head of Social Investment Cymru at WCVA, said: 'This is a great opportunity for us to back such a strong management team. It's a really good example of what Social Business Growth Fund can do in helping a social business take the step to the next level.'

The rescue centre began operating at the end of March of this year and the charity has big plans for future renovation and development to offer the best services and welfare standards possible. The centre recently received a grant of £100,000 from Support Adoption for Pets - the largest grant ever given out by this charity - which will enable the conversion of the former cattery into an intake block for newly rescued dogs.

The new centre's work is also being supported by sponsor Burns Pet Nutrition, who provide food for their rescue dogs as well as rehoming packs for every adopter.


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