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

Fantastic total of £680 raised by Lucky 13 Tattoo to help the UK’s Staffies!

As we posted earlier this month, on Friday (13th April) Lucky 13 Tattoo in Leicester held a special ’13’ fundraising day for Staffie Support.

The day was a fantastic success and the total raised was £680!

WOW! :)

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to every at Lucky 13 – you are stars! The event was very well organised and professionally handled, and we’re incredibly grateful for your support.

And also thanks so much to everyone who got inked to help the Staffies, or bought an art print or took part in our raffle.

You’ve done a truly wonderful thing and thanks to all of you more Staffies will avoid euthanisation and being stuck in the pound after being abandoned by their owners.


If you’d like to get updates on future events or how we use funds raised to help Staffies don’t forget to subscribe by RSS, on Facebook or on Twitter. Thanks!

Meet Charlie – a 4yr old Staffie left with fighting injuries and now abandoned by his owner

Poor Charlie was posted on Rescue Helpers Unite yesterday.

Safe and Sound, an organisation that finds refuge for dogs from Local Authority pounds, are currently keeping him in boarding kennels until a rescue space can be secured.

Below is a copy of his appeal. If you can help with a donation towards his care or know a good rescue that could offer backup and safely rehome him, please get in touch with Safe and Sound asap.

CHARLIE – Owner no longer wants. Signed over.

4yr old approx, entire staffie male. Cleft palate and Cryptorchid (undescended testicle which needs to be removed). FULLY VACCINATED – 2nd vax done today.

(Update: The vet who gave Charlie his 2nd vax this morning is almost certain that Charlie does not in fact have a cleft lip and suspects in is actually an old fighting injury.)

Poor Charlie was traded on facebook sometime last week and sold to a family with THREE children under 5.

A few days after he arrived, it became clear he was not comfortable around the youngest child, a 10 month old baby that has just started walking. Charlie would growl in the baby’s presence so it was decided that he couldn’t stay and he was put back up on facebook looking for his second home in a week or they would PTS!

The new owner said he was fine with the other two children (aged 2 and 5, just not the baby) and he had reportedly come from another home with a 5 year old. She says he seemed fine around other dogs while out on walks, though she did not let him off the lead.

We had to step in last night and get the family to sign him over to the pound, to stop him being placed into yet another unchecked home with yet more under 5s and no rescue back up in place. Fortunately he was just down the road from the pound we already work with so he has been taken there, where believe it or not, he will be safer than if we’d left him to the facebook traders.

The pound have advised that the council will not pay for this boy’s stay, they are certain he would be deemed unrehomeable due to his medical conditions and would be PTS We will therefore need to raise money to pay for his boarding at the pound ourselves as we will not let that happen to him! We think he’s rather beautiful!

If anyone can contribute towards his boarding, donations can be sent via Paypal to: adlersparker@aol.com

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Update:

The vet who gave Charlie his 2nd vax this morning is almost certain that Charlie does not in fact have a cleft lip and suspects in is actually an old fighting injury.

Despite this, Charlie seemed dog friendly while at the vets, he met quite a few dogs there and was perfectly happy to be around them. The pound will dog test him properly for us once he has settled in.

Visit Safe and Sound’s website:
http://www.safe-and-sound.org/

Staffie fundraising walk up Mount Snowdon, July (not Staffie Support)

As we mentioned in our last blog post, we’ve recently been contacted by Tara at ‘Snowdon Staffie Fundraisers’ to ask if we can help promote some Staffie events, and of course we are happy to help :)

“Adam, Tara and their dog Casper will be walking up Mount Snowdon this summer, in order to raise much needed funds for two Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Groups.”

Little Angels Staffie Rescue (rescuing Staffies on behalf of Doris Banham Dog Rescue) and Leicester SBT Rescue.”

“The event is scheduled for Thursday 5th July, however, this could change +/- a day, if the weather is too cold and wet. ”

“This is for Casper’s benefit as we want him to enjoy the walk as much as possible!”

“All proceeds will be placed into the Snowdon Fundraiser account.”

“Visit our Facebook Event Page to keep updated with the latest news!”


If you’re in the area please go along and support this good cause and help these rescues to help more Staffies!

Find out more at:

www.thesugarshelf.co.uk/snowdonfundraiser

www.facebook.com/snowonstaffiefundraiser

Copied from Snowdon Fundraisers website:

“WHY?

Each year in the UK, 11,000 dogs are put to sleep, simply because they are unwanted and there is no one to care for them.

Almost 9,000 of these are Staffordshire Bull Terriers!

This problem arises from overbreeding!

The puppies are dumped once they are no longer cute bundles of fluff. Sadly, many fall into the wrong hands and are used in dog fights.

If this site stops one person from irresponsibly breeding their dog, we have suceeded.

As many of you will have seen, Staffordshire Bull Terriers have recently been under fire and have received a great deal of bad press. Anyone who owns a Staffie or knows one well, will know they are the most loving and loyal dogs around.

It is important that we keep this image alive and promote the good side of these dogs.

With ANY breed, if the dog is brought up by an incompetent owner, they can (not WILL) become aggressive, particularly if this behaviour is encouraged!

Staffies are often used as status symbols for their ‘fear factor’, but many of us know they are more likely to ‘lick you to death’ rather than savage you.

It is this misconception that has led to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier rising to the top of the ‘Most Unwanted Breed’ list. With SO MANY Staffies being given up, dumped or taken from inappropriate owners (primarily those suspected of engaging in dog fighting), the rescues who take care of these dogs are in desperate need of funds to continue their fabulous work!

These organisations do not receive any Government funding and rely on the generosity of people like You and I. Many of these rescue charities do not have kennels to hold the dogs, they rely on volunteers to ‘foster’ the dogs whilst they find their forever home. This incurs costs such as feeding the dogs and vet bills, so your donations are appreciated greatly.

If you are unable to donate money, they are always grateful for help in the form of blankets, quilts, toys etc that can be given to the dogs. (For other items please visit the websites themselves to view lists of items needed)

We aim to raise a minimum of £100 for each rescue to help towards the costs of caring for these dogs. Any amount, even as little as 50p is appreciated by the rescues as every penny counts.”

Staffie Rescue Stall at Yeovil Showground Bootsale, Somerset on 15th April (not Staffie Support)

We’ve recently been contacted by Tara at ‘Snowdon Staffie Fundraisers’ to ask if we can help promote some Staffie events, and of course we are happy to help :)

“I am currently fundraising for Little Angels Staffie Rescue (rescuing Staffies on behalf of Doris Banham Dog Rescue) and Leicester SBT Rescue.”

“We are holding a stall at Yeovil Showground Bootsale, Somerset on 15th April 2012 to coincide with National Pet Week.”

If you’re in the area please go along and support this good cause and help these rescues to help more Staffies!

Find out more at:

www.thesugarshelf.co.uk/snowdonfundraiser

www.facebook.com/snowonstaffiefundraiser

Copied from Snowdon Fundraisers website:

“WHY?

Each year in the UK, 11,000 dogs are put to sleep, simply because they are unwanted and there is no one to care for them.

Almost 9,000 of these are Staffordshire Bull Terriers!

This problem arises from overbreeding!

The puppies are dumped once they are no longer cute bundles of fluff. Sadly, many fall into the wrong hands and are used in dog fights.

If this site stops one person from irresponsibly breeding their dog, we have suceeded.

As many of you will have seen, Staffordshire Bull Terriers have recently been under fire and have received a great deal of bad press. Anyone who owns a Staffie or knows one well, will know they are the most loving and loyal dogs around.

It is important that we keep this image alive and promote the good side of these dogs.

With ANY breed, if the dog is brought up by an incompetent owner, they can (not WILL) become aggressive, particularly if this behaviour is encouraged!

Staffies are often used as status symbols for their ‘fear factor’, but many of us know they are more likely to ‘lick you to death’ rather than savage you.

It is this misconception that has led to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier rising to the top of the ‘Most Unwanted Breed’ list. With SO MANY Staffies being given up, dumped or taken from inappropriate owners (primarily those suspected of engaging in dog fighting), the rescues who take care of these dogs are in desperate need of funds to continue their fabulous work!

These organisations do not receive any Government funding and rely on the generosity of people like You and I. Many of these rescue charities do not have kennels to hold the dogs, they rely on volunteers to ‘foster’ the dogs whilst they find their forever home. This incurs costs such as feeding the dogs and vet bills, so your donations are appreciated greatly.

If you are unable to donate money, they are always grateful for help in the form of blankets, quilts, toys etc that can be given to the dogs. (For other items please visit the websites themselves to view lists of items needed)

We aim to raise a minimum of £100 for each rescue to help towards the costs of caring for these dogs. Any amount, even as little as 50p is appreciated by the rescues as every penny counts.”

(More event news coming up in a seperate post – a fundraising walk up Mount Snowden in July)