The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Safe and Sound dog rescue.

Charity saves more than 200 vulnerable dogs a year.

Safe and Sound, which saves the lives of 200 dogs each year, appealed for urgent donations to save it from closure after struggling for funding following a busy 12 months, which saw demand double.

The charity had to close its doors to urgent new intakes from certain areas, and was looking for a significant amount of funding to ensure it stayed in business.

Mike Townsend
, chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “Safe and Sound relies entirely on donations and due to a huge increase in demand it faced shutting down in as little as six weeks if the required funding was not found in time. There are few charities nationally which specialise in this kind of crisis support and we wanted to help in any way we could to ensure they remained open and were able to continue doing wonderful work helping dogs in immediate risk.”

Safe and Sound is primarily a coordinating rescue, concentrating on “crisis management” of UK strays, dealing with dogs at immediate risk of death or serious harm. The charity does this by securing rescue placements with established rehoming centres, then arranging the safe transportation of dogs from pounds to places of safety.

Amanda White, from Safe and Sound is based in Hampshire and said: “With the number of stray dogs destroyed in the UK increasing, we now provide double the number of emergency kennels compared to a year ago. In just five months our boarding costs have risen by a huge 50%. We appealed to local businesses and dog lovers to donate but were astounded when we found out about the donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.”

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