CHRISTMAS 2016 NEWSLETTER

Key Achievements

·         “improved the lives” of 236 dogs and cats

·         microchipped 76 where there was no chip

·         vaccinated 192 dogs and cats

  • a successful year of trading at the Three Counties shop in Bourne

Christmas
We used to send Christmas cards from Three Counties but we have become such a large family now that I am afraid it is impractical. All at Three  Counties wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to your continued support in 2017.
Christmas lights switch on day in Bourne was successful both in shop takings and the chocolate tombola outside in the cold.
There is still time to buy a Three Counties Calendar or diary (£5 each) or why not give a “sponsor a dog” present. Details are on www.threecountiesdogrescue.org
And don’t forget to do your online shopping through easyfundraising .org.uk as we can get a small commission on your purchases.
Volunteers
Marjorie Briggs who for many years has organised our regular collections and stalls around the region has decided to reduce her involvement as she is not as young as she used to be. Marjorie has been instrumental in raising many thousands of pounds for Three Counties. We expect still to see her about but thank her for her incredible contribution to our fundraising. Penny Wright and Judy Caunt have taken over the reins.
We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, especially to help in our Bourne shop and on the Three Counties Stalls around the region. We would particularly like to find some helpers to erect our stands and take them down at the end of the day as well as people to look after the stand. A few hours of your time can make all the difference. Phone the above numbers for more information.
And a big thank you to all our existing volunteers at the shop and the kennels. It would be impossible to function without this team of voluntary and unpaid help.
Donations
Thanks for all your donations for Christmas and throughout the year.
Many of you will have followed the “Help Hunny” story on Facebook and donated to her veterinary treatment. I am happy to say she is progressing well although she will be under continued treatment for some time .
Our vet bills continue to rise year on year as many dogs and cats come to us needing treatment before they can be rehomed. In the last year we have treated 16 each with vet bills of over £1000 and 21 with vet bills over £500. You can see why fundraising is such a crucial part of our work.
Donations can still be made by cheque, through paypal  and by text TCDR13 £1/2/3//4/5/10 to 70070.
Some major charities have been criticised recently for selling on address data of their supporters and for harassing them for contributions. We can assure you that any information we hold is used strictly for Three Counties Dog Rescue only. We will make general appeals for funds but do not employ pressure tactics.

 Gift Aid reminder
When you donate money or goods for sale in the shop we are keen to get a gift aid pledge from you if you are a taxpayer because HMRC will add 25% to the donation. We use this information whenever repeat donations are made. It is important that you tell us if you cease to be a taxpayer so we stop claiming gift aid. HMRC hold the person making the donation responsible for payments made in error.
Removal from future mailings
If you don’t want to be on our mailing list please email us on info@threecountiesdogrescue.org

Gyll Mauchline – Head of Three Counties Dog Rescue