A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year

by Husky Rescue Ireland
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A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
A longterm home for 200 rescued huskies a year
Cosmo - an 11 year old Husky cross
Cosmo - an 11 year old Husky cross

Dear Husky Rescue Ireland supporters!

Starting off with massive thanks to all our followers and donors. Without you, none of this would be possible. Despite still being a small organisation run by volunteers only, we grow our presence and constantly try to do better - help more dogs, increase animal welfare awareness and strengthen relationships with the communities around us. And all of that is thanks to you!

Our efforts to purchase a forever home for the rescue are in full swing. We are currently at the €12000 mark which is incredible to see and is a welcome morale boost for the team. While the goal is still quite a way off, we are getting closer every month. We have over 100 donors here on GlobalGiving and just 1 of them, our long-time volunteer Catherine, donated over €4000 through her fundraising efforts! Incredible and most appreciated!

It's been a very hard few months for our doggies and the team. The rescue is completely full due to a massive spike in the number of dogs being surrendered across the country. As Ireland recovers from the Covid pandemic restrictions, people are going back to offices and unfortunately, the doggies are being let down again.

Now more than ever we need to ensure that we have suitable premises to care for our furry friends to help them on their way to recovery and forever homes. While our current home is great and gives doggies comfortable and safe conditions, it's a rented property meaning that we may lose it any day especially given the current property crisis in Ireland. Also, being located far from cities means that we have very few opportunities for new volunteers to join our cause and physically help out at the centre.

So spread the word, friends. We are making great progress but we need another push for the goal!

Thank you again.

Yours,

The Doggies and the HRI Team.

Kodak - only 10 months old and already abandoned
Kodak - only 10 months old and already abandoned
Sam - with a disability due to trauma
Sam - with a disability due to trauma
Oreo and Cookie - we need to rehome them together!
Oreo and Cookie - we need to rehome them together!
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Sheeba, currently with us at the rescue
Sheeba, currently with us at the rescue

Now that yours and your fellow donors' kind gifts are beginning to really add up, we have been busy on our side looking at the additional financilng that we can lean on to make the purchase of land for the rescue happen as soon as possible.

What this means is that we're speaking with our bank about the possibility of borrowing once we are able to have enough funds for a substancial deposit. We are also now starting to create a team who will research other funding sources which can help to get us to our goal faster.

While we do have volunteers keeping an eyweout for various premises, we tend to see that the good ones always get snapped up quickly - in a metter of weeks. Therefore, our only way to proceed is to get enough funds together for a deposit and line up where we would borrow enough to complete a purchase (unless, of course, we are able to raise all the funds in one go!). When we get there, we will be ready to go when the ideal place does come up.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for helping us to achieve this enormous change for the rescue at such an early stage when not much is yet known. We know it will be a long road and, for the moment, until we get enough funds together for at least a deposit, the news will be more about what we're doing to prepare, rather than being able to share photos of potential premises. But we are sure that this day will come soon.

In the meantime, if you do have any contacts who may be interested in simply helping us to do desk research in their spare time, we would be massively grateful. We are a small team and there are lots of doors we have not yet knocked on simply because we don't know which doors may open for us. But we need to explore this avenue and find where to go with our fundraising bucket! Please get in touch with our team if you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping us - fundraising@huskyrescueireland.ie

All the very best,

The HRI Team

Casper, who needs a very special home
Casper, who needs a very special home
Mislek: he had a terrible eye infection on arrival
Mislek: he had a terrible eye infection on arrival
Rommel, who is recovering from his operation
Rommel, who is recovering from his operation
Look who found their happy home in Sweden!
Look who found their happy home in Sweden!
Volunteer Catherine Woods' amazing Akita family
Volunteer Catherine Woods' amazing Akita family
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First of all, we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to you for your kind donation to this project. It really has meant the world to us that there’s so much support for Husky Rescue Ireland’s future, and you’re one of the first people that has contributed to our long term future.

In all honesty we did not quite expect to have had the success that we have already had raising funds for Husky Rescue Ireland’s forever home. After the campaign back in September 2020, we were given permanent partner status on GlobalGiving as a special gift, we had not actually raised enough money to qualify for it outright, but perhaps it was them feeling generous or something about our project that initiated this.

What the permanent partner status has meant for us is quite life changing already. We have only raised around €5,000 so far, but we’re seeing the interest in Husky Rescue Ireland grow among the GlobalGiving community and so many donations are coming from far afield. We’ve seen that some kind donations have come from people who heard about us through a colleague. For others, they have a much loved husky at home and want to see Husky Rescue Ireland thrive for the huskies that are not quite so lucky. And, of course, we cannot forget some of our most involved supporters and volunteers who have again been so generous in their contributions.

 

What has this brought to our operations?

Most importantly, the impact of your donation and the amount we have raised so far is that we’re able to sit down and begin planning seriously. We can see that donations through GlobalGiving are at a steady trickle. Given this certainty for the future, we have now started to assemble a team that will be responsible for helping us find the right property for our eventual home.

We are still at the very beginning stages of the search and in about 3 months’ time we expect to be able to bring you some news about some potential sites that have been brought to our attention. At that point, too, we should start getting a better idea of the total amount that we’re going to need to raise. We certainly don’t need a palace, but we do need something which is going to last us for the very long term because, clearly, the problem of puppy breeding, neglect and abandonment of dogs is sadly not going away anytime soon.

Finally, we need to say that we realise that this report is far from action packed. Well, we’re quite a timid lot here and, while this dream of having our own place has been in our heads for such a long time, having the courage to put this message out there and ask our supporters to help did take some doing. It felt especially hard during the uncertain past year we have all had. However, we look back and know it was the right thing to do. Your support has spurred us into realising there will be better, more stable times ahead for Husky Rescue Ireland, with a centre that we’ll be able to make truly purpose built for all the dogs that come through our doors each year.

In the background, we want to mention that we have almost completed a legacy programme which will help us to raise funds for the long term and aid the campaign here on GlobalGiving. Husky Rescue Ireland is now a member of MyLegacy in Ireland, an organisation that highlights the importance of gifts-in-wills in helping Irish charities to fund their operations.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress as much as possible over the next months and years. Let’s hope that the right place will be even better than we can all imagine.

Thanks again from all of us here at Husky Rescue Ireland.

Enjoying the snow at HRI
Enjoying the snow at HRI
Thank you from all of us
Thank you from all of us
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Husky Rescue Ireland

Location: Rathdowney - Ireland
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Twitter: @HuskyRescueIre
Project Leader:
Jamie Fitzpatrick
Rathdowney, Laois Ireland
$23,298 raised of $45,281 goal
 
355 donations
$21,983 to go
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