Dogs teach us unconditional love and acceptance. And yet, every day they are being destroyed in council pounds all over the country because they have been unlucky enough to be owned by irresponsible owners, or people who’s circumstances have changed. Here at Post a Note we believe that every person and every animal is valuable and we’re happy to help rescue organisations like Dogwatch in Christchurch and Dog Rescue Dunedin to find new homes for the lucky dogs these wonderful organisations save. In this week’s blog post, we’d like to introduce you to Dogwatch, an entirely self-funded, registered Charitable Trust in Christchurch, doing what many of us wish we had the guts to do: saving lives.
Who is Dogwatch?
Over the past 32 years, Dogwatch has rescued and rehomed thousands of abandoned dogs and puppies who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in the Christchurch and surrounding district pounds and after the required 7 day holding period, are due to be destroyed.
At Dogwatch we believe that every dog deserves a second chance and if placed in the right home, can live a long and happy life, filled with love and joy. Our purpose-built, 5 acre Adoption Centre at 230 Dyers Road is run by very dedicated staff and many wonderful volunteers who all work incredibly hard to rescue as many dogs as they can and care for them until these dogs find loving homes.
We Make a Difference – One Dog at a Time!
We usually care for 15 – 20 dogs at a time. For most of these rescued dogs and puppies it is the first time they have experienced good food, gentle handling, consistency and stability. For some of them it’s the first time in their lives that they get to sleep in a warm, dry bed. During the day, the dogs are stimulated with toys, agility equipment, and in large day yards and paddocks they get a healthy dose of exercise 2-3 times per day. We spend as much time as we can with each dog to help them build trust and bond. Getting to know each dog’s personality is the key to finding it the right forever home.
Dogs in our care are registered, micro chipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed and vet checked. Thirty two years of homing dogs has enabled us to develop a very successful adoption process (refined over many years of first hand experience) to ensure they are safe, loved, and placed in an environment that best suits their needs.
This includes a site visit to check for containment, educational handouts and time spent with the prospective owner to make sure that the dog they have chosen has the right energy level and temperament for the family. Our dedication to getting the right dog into the right home is shown in our excellent success rate: Of the 236 dogs that we homed in 2013 only 9 were returned after the trial period. In most of those cases the reasons for return was not the fault of the dog!
Life Saving Expansion Project
After many years of planning and fund-raising, we have finally started a much needed expansion of our existing premises by building a kennel block for “New Entrants.” This site consists of 6 kennels where the dogs can rest and recover from their stay in the pound as well as 3 outdoor compound areas for exercise. “New Entrants” will stay in this block only until they have been vaccinated and de-sexed. They will then be moved into the homing block where they can socialize with the other dogs while they wait to find a new loving, caring owner.
The decision to go ahead with this project was not made lightly as it will be a big drain on our bank account and priority is always given to caring for the dogs in our care and funding our day-to-day operation. However, the demand for our services increases every year and far outweighs our capacity, we are constantly under pressure to rescue those that are running out of time.
At the moment we have a whopping 33 dogs (16 dogs and 17 puppies !!) in our care and our resources are stretched to the max. As a self-funded charity we get no government or council funding and rely totally on the wonderful generosity of the public and our volunteers to keep going.
Anyone who would like to help us to save lives, one dog at a time, can go to the ‘How to Help Us’ section of our website.
Anyone who can offer a safe and loving home to a dog or puppy please ‘Opt to Adopt’ and go to the ‘Dogs for Adoption’ page of our website.
The dog you choose will be forever thankful for your love, companionship and loyalty and give you the same in return.