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