Well, what an amazing year it’s been for us! There have once again been many ‘firsts’ not least of which was having TWO litters of puppies pass through our rescue. The first litter of 9, along with Mum Janet, arrived in May and certainly kept Siobhan and Heather busy for several weeks. They did become celebrities in their own right and had many visitors with an appeal raising enough funds to pay for their care while in kennels. All were adopted and came together to be reunited with Mum and Dad when they celebrated their ‘half birthday’ in October.
We also had an equally gorgeous second smaller litter of 5 pups arrive in September, with four of these pups already in their forever homes. Their half birthday crept up on us in mid December so we know for a fact that there are going to be some big first birthday parties in April and June next year.
We’ve had a busy fundraising year which has seen us represented at over 60 events, and not always in ideal weather conditions. We have been made very welcome at new venues such as Curley’s Dining Rooms, Haigh Woodland Artisan Market and Monton Sports club and we thank these venues for their support of our fundraising activities.
We have formed new and strengthened current relationships with National Veterinary Services, Sled Dog rescue, Jollye’s stores in St. Helens and Bolton, Greyhound Gap rescue, Royal British Legion in Boothstown and Phoenix Greyhound Group. We are grateful for continuing Support from Pets at Home stores in Walkden and Horwich and have been actively involved in their Support Adoption for Pets Santa Paws appeal in store this Christmas period.
We’ve had support and donations from social dog walking groups such as the Phoenix Greyhound Group. During the year we held two Makants social dog walks in March and October and undertook our own Global Greyhound Walk in June. Our most recent social dog walk was at the Crooke Hall Inn which is a great local dog friendly establishment. We hope to be able to continue these social dog walks once the better weather arrives in the Spring.
Throughout the year Geoff Hoppley has undertaken work on our kennels building turn out pens, and insulating and improving the bottom kennels for us. We’re so grateful for all the hard work he does for us.
We held our popular auctions again in April and October. The bidding became heated at one point over the Manchester United shirt, which nearly resulted in a stewards enquiry! Many thanks to the Hughes and Draper family for organising these auctions for us which always run so smoothly and raise much needed funds.
Regular events, such as our Comedy night in April and our dog show in June, were also well attended successful events.
A new venture was our first Open Day at kennels in September, a day which turned out to be a very wet one indeed. However, despite this it was a great success and at least one greyhound adoption resulted through initial contact at this event.
We’ve appeared several times in the Bolton News and Leigh Journal and we thank them for their support in publicising our rescue.
We were successful in obtaining a large amount of dog food this Autumn which was donated by Burns after we were nominated by our fantastic supporters. We also continue to receive regular food donations from Ray Fisher and sons of Leigh and Kieron Mayers of Raw Feeding Lancs.
Recently we’ve started opening our kennels shop on a Saturday morning. This has been a great idea and has brought more income to the rescue while also providing a great facility where you can bring your dog to ‘try before you buy’. Our volunteers, realising the heavy workload that falls to Siobhan, have also started a rota to provide help at kennels on Saturday mornings.
A Crafters group has recently been established with their own facebook page with many people creating items for our craft stalls at local events. These items have proved to be very popular and we hope to recruit more crafters to the team in the future.
Happily, one of our long term kennel hounds - Raven - found his forever home with Makants supporter Col in October after being in our care just over a year. We thank all those volunteers who spent time with Raven walking him and getting him used to every day life. Their hard work certainly paid off.
The end of November saw our 300th hound homed and the hound with this honour is Shelbie (now Dylan) who also shares his home with Makants hound Dora.
At the beginning of December we held our very successful Christmas fair at Boothstown British Legion which raised over £2,000 for our rescue.
We celebrated our 5th birthday earlier in December and now at the close of 2018 are pleased to announce we have homed a record breaking 96 hounds this year! This would not be possible without so many people working hard both in the Makants volunteer team and also in the local community. We send our thanks to ALL of you, you all make Makants Greyhound Rescue the great success it is. Here’s to an even better 2019.
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