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

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! :)

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

Staffie Support sending £200 to poundie organisation Homeless Hounds to help Staffies

Thanks to everyone’s kind donations and the fantastic support from Lucky 13 Tattoo in Leicester recently raising £680 for Staffie Support, we’ve recently had more funds available and this has meant we’ve been able to send a £200 donation (we’re calling them mini-grants) to a UK poundie organisation, Homeless Hounds.

Homeless Hounds is charitable organisation working primarily with a stray dog kennel in the North West. They deal with large numbers of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie crosses (along with other breeds) and their volunteers and trustees work incredibly hard to save as many as they can.

We’ve sent this donation to help fund their work, especially since they’ve recently received large vets bills for dogs in their care. We hope the funds we have raised will help them to continue helping many Staffies and finding them great rescue spaces across the UK.

If you don’t already know Homeless Hounds please do visit their website and find out more about them and give them your support. They are working so hard and they’ve recently had to deal with quite a few dogs that have ‘slipped through the net’ and been put to sleep by their local pound, and although this is incredibly upsetting and disheartening they continue to fight for the dogs that they can help.

“Homeless-Hounds are a group of dedicated people who believe that the unnecessary destruction of healthy dogs is both immoral and unacceptable.

We work primarily with a kennels in the North West to save the lives of stray and abandoned dogs by finding them places of safety and transporting them there.

We work closely with rescues across the country who take our dogs when they have space and we have a dedicated team of foster families who look after dogs when a space for them can’t be found. Once a space is found we use kind volunteers to help us transport these dogs to safety.

Often abandoned dogs are ill or injured and we need to care for them until they are well enough to move on. Vets fees and caring for these dogs cost a lot of money so we are always looking for people to help with our fundraising because without funds we cannot save these dogs lives.”


Visit www.homeless-hounds.co.uk to find out more about their work
Sign up as a volunteer at Rescue Helpers Unite now and help Homeless Hounds and other poundie organisations to save more Staffies

Your donations in action – Lucy, 2 year old Staffie in the pound, spay costs paid

Back in November we saw Lucy, a 2 year old female Staffie, posted on Rescue Helpers Unite.

She had previously been bred from but was now at risk of euthanasia in the pound.

We offered to pay for her spay using kind donations received from Staffie Supporters.

She got an offer of rescue backup with Forest Dog Rescue, a registered charity based in Worcestershire, and we recently sent off £115 for her spay after hearing back from the rescue.

Original post on Rescue Helpers Unite:

“She is a beautiful loving 2 year old staff girl, she has been bred from and is micro chip but the usual story :-( She is dark Brindle and white. She is very friendly. The pounds she is with fully assess there dogs so we know she is brilliant with people and children and she has not been cat tested.

Lucy likes nothing more than a roll over for her Tummy rubbed as you can see in her photo’s

HER TIME IS UP IN THE POUNDS AND SHE NEEDS AN URGENT SPACE TO SAVE HER LIFE. PLEASE CAN ANY RESCUE OFFER HER A SPACE/ OR RBU FOR A FOSTER”

Thank you to all the Staffie Supporters that contributed to helping Lucy and to Forest Dog Rescue for rehabilitating and rehoming her :)

Your donations in action! Funds sent to help Staffies previously at risk of euthanisation

Recently, Helping Hands Dog Rescue removed a group of 10 Staffies and Staffie crosses out of the pound when they were at risk of euthanisation by the Local Authority.

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Staffies in boarding for Christmas

Thanks to the help of kind donations the dogs are now spending the festive season in boarding kennels, at a cost of £5 per night.

Helping Hands are now appealing for dog rescues to come forward to offer backup on the dogs.

They’re also appealing for donations towards the continued kennel costs, until the dogs have found suitable backup.

Donation from Staffie Support

Using a portion of the kind donations sent to Staffie Support since our creation earlier this year, we’ve sent a £200.00 donation to Helping Hands to fund 4 nights of boarding for each dog.

Along with other donations sent from the public, this is helping to buy these dogs some more time to find rescue placements, and a chance at life!

But the time of year makes things even more difficult as many rescues are stretched in terms of donations and volunteer help during the Christmas period.

Send a donation & spreading the word to help these Staffies

If you’d like to help please send a donation to Helping Hands Dog Rescue, even if it’s just £1

And if you know of any rescues or volunteers that may be able to help, or any media outlets that may be able to bring more attention to this appeal – please do what you can to help!

Share the link to this page, Helping Hands website or the video below (or all of those things!) and you could help these Staffies to stay alive and get the help they need.


Helping Hands Christmas Carol Appeal – PLEASE SHARE!


Please watch and share this video on your Facebook, Twitter accounts etc. to bring more attention to this appeal

As soon as we know further on this appeal we will update you. There are some fundraising ideas in the works that we hope to be able to help with so do check back soon or subscribe to our posts (see the links top right of this page) to stay up to date on the latest Staffie Support news.

Together we can make a difference for these Staffies!

Thank you,
Staffie Support