Positive Press for Staffies – let’s help Lola the Staffie win “RSPCA’s happiest pet”!

2013-05_Lola_RSPCA-happiest-pet_photoThis weekend we received this email from Becky, she’s entered her beautiful Staffie Lola in the RSPCA’s Happiest Pet competition – let’s vote Lola up and help get some positive press for Staffies!

And a huge well done to Becky for her hard work promoting Staffies as the happy and wonderful pets they are 😀

Subject: Positive Press for Staffies / RSPCA’s happiest pet

Hi
Please please post this on your site. We’ve been working so hard to promote positive press for staffies. Our beautiful Lola is currently number 1 in RSPCA’s happiest pet competition and we’ve been promoting the breed with the BBC but we are now at risk of losing the top spot, we need votes! Competition ends Monday and we’ve held the top spot for so long.

We want Lola as an advocate for positive Staffy press by winning RSPCA’s worlds happiest pet! We really need your votes people, been working so hard to promote staffies in a positive light and the competition is getting way too close. Lola’s No1 still but only just.

The Competition ends Monday, we really need one last push to secure this. So please please vote, even if you’ve voted already you can vote again each day. We’ve held the top spot for so long thanks to the overwhelming support but let’s not lose it now!

Hear our interview with BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017jfhk 1hr and 15 mins in

Please vote for Lola at:

https://pitchd.com/show/mobile/rspca_official

Don’t just like this post, click on the link and like using Facebook button under Lola’s picture or retweet if you use twitter.

Please share this on your [Facebook] walls, so others can vote to. Positive Press For Staffies, c’mon guys!!!

Thank you again for your time, Becky

Staffie stories – ‘The Adventures of Harry and Bonny’ – buy now and support us!

Have you seen this fantastic ebook containing 2 short stories very kindly donated by our patron, Charles Eades?

‘The Adventures of Harry and Bonny’
The House of Cats and Dogs
& ‘Witches in the Garden

» View an excerpt or order your copy now!

The full donation price received from all sales will be used directly to help Staffies in need.

For a donation of just £3.00 you receive an instant download of the PDF ebook which can be read on your PC, your smartphone or on ebook readers such as the Kindle etc.

Thank you for your support! Please help to spread the word to other Staffie Supporters by sharing this page.

And huge thanks to Charles for donating his talents to help Staffies!

Happy New Year from Staffie Support!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2013!

We’d like to start the year by saying THANK YOU so much to everyone who’s helped Staffie Support in 2012. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated and have allowed us to help Staffies and the rescues that are working hard to save them.

You are the driving force behind Staffie Support and we’d be nothing without you, so THANK YOU.


Between the end of 2011 when we started sending out funds and during 2012, we’ve been able to send out over £1660 to rescue organisations helping Staffies, including:

19.12.11 Helping Hands Dog Rescue £200.00
01.03.12 Forest Dog Rescue £117.04
Homeless Hounds £200.00
02.05.12 East Midlands Dog Rescue £150.00
13.05.12 Ravenswood Rescue £150.00
16.05.12 All Dogs Matter £50.00
16.05.12 Homeless Hounds £50.00
17.05.12 Forgotten Dogs £100.00
18.05.12 Rochdale Dog Rescue £100.00
8.06.12 Bully Befrienders £50.00
12.09.12 Impawtant Pups £50.00
25.09.12 Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary £75.00
25.09.12 Homeless Hounds £25.00
25.09.12 Safe and Sound £100.00
Wild Acre Rescue £90.00
10.11.12 Safe and Sound £50.00
20.11.12 Impawtant Pups £75.00
02.01.13 Homeless Hounds £30.00

What will 2013 have in store for Staffie Support?

We’re not sure yet! But we’re very open to suggestions. We’re looking for people who’d like to get involved whether that’s organising fundraising events, raising awareness, helping to get press coverage for the Staffie situation – WHATEVER you’d like to do to help, please just get in touch because we would love to hear from you.

We are just two people, and quite busy people at that! So although we are very proud of what Staffie Support has achieved so far, there’s still so much more we’d like to do to help Staffies, and sadly there’s so many still in need.

Staffies in the pound at Christmas

This Christmas and New Year has been a heartbreaking period with quite a few Staffies being put to sleep at the end of their 7 days, sometimes without even having a chance at finding rescue backup or a new home.

This is Gem.

Gem wasn’t an old dog, she didn’t have any known health or behaviourial issues. The volunteers trying to find her a rescue space said this about her – “She has a lovely friendly nature and loves cuddles and sitting on your lap”.

Staffie Support offered to pay for Gem’s spay operation and hoped that a rescue could come forward to take her on for rehoming.

Gem was euthanised just a few days after the New Year, as soon as her 7 days in the pound were up.

And she’s not the only one taken too soon, multiple healthy, young Staffies have been killed at this pound in just the last week.

We want to help rescues and pound helpers to STOP this from happening, and we need your help to do that. Please do get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to help with, no matter how small (even just putting up posters in your local vets, pet shops etc. can raise awareness for the cause).

Let’s make 2013 a good year for more of the UK’s Staffordshire Bull Terriers!

Thank you,
Jo & Eileen
Staffie Support

Do you knit? We need you! Knit a Staffie for Staffie Support


We’re appealing to the UK’s knitters to help us by knitting a Staffie!

Do you knit? Do you fancy helping the UK’s overbred and abused Staffordshire Bull Terriers? Well now you can do both at the same time!

These Staffie knitting patterns are available to buy from Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, so if you knit one on behalf of Staffie Support you’ll also be helping Battersea to raise funds towards the many, many Staffies in their care too.

After you’ve completed your knitted Staffie you can either send it to us so that we can raffle it off or auction it to raise funds for Staffies, or you can sell it and send us the funds raised.

Every penny raised will be used to directly help Staffies by paying towards neutering/spays, other vet treatments, kenneling costs, transport costs etc. of a Staffie in a rescue or in the pound.

If you’d like to get involved please don’t hesitate to buy the knitted Staffie pattern from Battersea and get knitting! You can let us know via the comments below or drop us a line via email.

We’d also love to see photo’s of knitted Staffies in progress if you’d like to send us some.

Thanks so much to anyone who can help us out and do a bit of knitting for the cause :)

One year of Staffie Support – what we’ve been up to so far

Staffie Support is now more than 1 year old (1 year and 7 weeks old to be more exact) – hurray!

So we thought it was about time to give everyone a proper update on what we’ve been doing to help Staffies during our first year.

Between June 2011 to June 2012 we’ve raised over £1500 for the UK’s Staffies thanks to our fantastic supporters who’ve sent regular and one-off donations.

Thanks to these funds raised we’ve been able to help a number of Staffies by funding their neuter/spay operations, vaccination costs, emergency kennelling etc., and have sent out donations to a variety of UK rescue organisations and poundie helpers including:

As well as financial donations we’ve helped more Staffies find homes via our Adopt a Staffie page, and have had lots of enquiries from people looking to adopt.

We’ve also had lots of emails from people needing to rehome their Staffies and have been able to put them in touch with genuine dog rescues who can help give their Staffie the best chance of a safe and successful rehoming.

Another big step in our first year has been to get the support of our first patron, Charles Eades. Charles has very kindly agreed to work with us and we plan to support each other however possible in our future endeavours.

Charles has also witten 2 special short stories featuring a Staffie and he has given these to us to release. We plan to put them out very soon so please keep your eyes peeled for these :)

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year, especially everyone who has sent a donation or helped to spread the word by putting up posters or sharing our website links.

If you’d like to get more involved with Staffie Support in the future or have any ideas for ways we can raise awareness or funds for Staffies please do not hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE UK’s STAFFIES! :)

Say hello to our first Patron – young author Charles Eades

We are very pleased to announce that Staffie Support has a Patron – Charles Eades – author of ‘Son of the Lamp‘.

Charles contacted us earlier this year to offer his support for Staffies, having grown up with the breed, and he has very kindly written 2 short stories featuring a Staffie (and a cat! Harry and Bonny) specially for Staffie Support which we’ll be publishing very soon.

Shortly after hearing from Charles we asked him if he’d like to become a Patron for our organisation so that we could continue to work together in the future.

We must admit we’re new to running an organisation with Patrons and Charles is new to being a Patron, so we don’t have any huge plans just yet but we certainly plan to support each other by raising awareness for each others work.

Please help us to support Charles by checking out his first published book and reading more about him below and via his website. Thanks!

About Charles’ book ‘Son of the Lamp

Chris Forrester is a normal teenager until one day he wakes up at Genie Academy. With no idea how he got there or who he was before he became a genie, Chris must learn to use his new magical powers. When he is unexpectedly summoned back to the mortal world he finds he must grant three wishes to his new mistress, a stubborn and disagreeable teenage girl. Chris and his reluctant mistress are soon plunged into a world of wicked fairies, grotesque monsters and dangerous magical weapons, a world they will only survive if they can stop arguing.

About Charles Eades

Charles Eades is a recently published author originally from Cheshire. His first published novel is a fantasy book for children and teenagers entitled “Son of the Lamp”. He has grown up with Staffordshire bull terriers and is very proud to support them. More information on Charles and Son of the Lamp can be found by visiting his website at www.charleseades.co.cc.

Donations in action – funds sent to East Midlands Dog Rescue to help Staffies

We’ve recently sent a £150 donation to East Midlands Dog Rescue to help fund the care of 2 staffies they have taken in to their care for rehoming.

Although EMDR are not normally a staffie focused rescue, usually working with Lurchers as you can see from the dogs needing homes page, the rescue is currently helping 2 staffies that are considered ‘hard to rehome’ due to their age/health issues, so we wanted to help fund their care.

The 2 dogs are Sasha, a female Staffie with health and separation anxiety issues (she’s not up for rehoming yet), and Jarvis, an older boy who doesn’t get on with other dogs:

Jarvis

9 year old brindle Staffie

Male, Neutered

Why has Jarvis been in rescue for over a year? Well, his crime was….. to be born a Staffie…….Like hundreds of these over-bred little dogs, Jarvis is overlooked by people who are wary of taking them on. Jarvis is the most lovable, sweet natured old boy you could ever imagine with people – here comes the BUT….he doesn’t always like other dogs.

Solution to this problem:

Do you only want one pet? Yes!

When you are out walking will you ‘respect’ other people’s pets and keep Jarvis on a lead? Yes!

Well it isn’t rocket science after all – SIMPLES

Take a Staffie home…Enjoy the benefits of this loving breed. Be RESPONSIBLE when out in public. Now …Give this boy a home …PLEASE!

If you’d like to find out more about Sasha and Jarvis or would like to support EMDR please visit the East Midlands Dog Rescue website for more info and do what you can to help! Thank you