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Last Chance Hotel Animal Rescue & Rehome

The beginning of a new year can be a time to assess, look back on past achievements, (and failures!) and make plans for the new canvas ahead. With the days now lengthening at a steady pace, we have Spring to look forward to, and then Summer……
The Last Chance Hotel Team is doing just the same, making plans already for our Spring and Summer Fayres. These Fun Days and Dog Shows are vital to raising funds and spreading awareness for the work we do. We hope to see lots of new faces at the events we have in the pipeline, so please keep an eye out for information as it emerges, either by following our Facebook page, or looking in on our website from time to time.
2017 started very badly, with the loss of dear Saffy, who had come into rescue only a week or so previously. This sweet little girl was a poundie, she was very neglected and needed mammary surgery, but her poor little body was not strong enough. As anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows, it is the hardest thing to say goodbye. It is no easier when we have only known them for a short time. All we can do is the best we possibly can, with the help and advice of our vets. The loss is devastating, but we have to think of all the others that have been saved, and who are now living a happy life in a loving home.
We have to think of the other dogs that have come in to care, abandoned, neglected, and frightened, and continue to do our very best to give them the love and security they deserve, and the medical attention they need to get well.
We have had some wonderful donations to kick off the New Year, helping to get the vet bill down to a more manageable level. Our supporters are simply the best we could wish for, and we are very grateful for all the help we receive. A huge thank you from Team LCH to you all.

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New Arrivals

The young, the old and the sick made their way into LCH in January. A few of them are already now part of a loving family. Hollie and Freddy didn't take long to find their forever homes. Old man Jake is being cared for by Carla, with the rest of her staffie family, and Alfie the Shih Tzu is staying put with his fosterer. Piper, as many of you already know, was “accidentally” brought to Cornwall when two of the team made an emergency transport run up north - more of that later. He is still frail, but so much better than he was, and has just enjoyed his first walk on the beach. Dear Jace, who has spent his whole life on the streets, and is now elderly, with bad eyes and an awful heart problem, is now in end of life foster, enjoying cuddles and a warm bed. We hope he will be spoilt rotten for quite a while yet. Cookie, Zephyr, Marmite, and Rumi are private rehomes, looking for their forever sofa.

If you would like to follow the progress of all the incomers, check out our Facebook page and website lastchancehotel.org. We now have a special section for dogs under assessment; dogs are constantly being assessed in their foster homes and information changes regularly.

From Top Left, clockwise - Jake, Marmite, Jace, Zephyr, Cookie, and Rumi

Still Waiting

Bandit is a private rehome, but he has been waiting for some time now for someone to look his way, and give him the chance of a forever home. He is a 7 year old Jack Russell Terrier, and has lots of energy, a real dynamo! Bandit can be a bit choosy about cats and dogs, especially dogs that are bigger than him, so he will need his confidence building in this respect. He would much prefer to live with someone who is at home for most of the day, as he gets a bit nervous if left on his own. Bandit loves a cuddle, and is fine with older, dog savvy children.

If you think you, or someone you know, could be that special someone for Bandit, please go to our website lastchancehotel.org or contact one of the team by email info@lastchancehotel.org

Happy Departures to New Homes

With the festivities of Christmas and New Year well and truly over, it was time for some lucky people to think about a new addition to the family. Georgie Porgie, Mr Pickles and Alfie lurcher spent a short time with their fosterers, and now have fab forever homes. Jackson is another “failed” foster! This is the best kind of “fail”, when a dog stays put with his or her fosterer. Diesel has also found his new family through LCH.
What a fantastic start to 2017 for these lucky dogs, now in safe and loving homes. The space they leave in their fosterers’ hearts will no doubt soon be filled by another needy pooch.

Did you know?

Our Amazon Wishlist by which you can purchase specific goodies and have them delivered to us, is a lovely way to send a present for our animals! Click on the link to see the list, there is everything from treats to toys, collars, coats and poop bags!
Like all charities, we depend almost entirely upon the generosity of our wonderful supporters. We have several ways in which monetary donations can be made: PayPal is easy and convenient for the many people who hold an account.
JustGiving allows us to claim back the Gift Aid part of the donation which can add vital pennies.
If neither of these methods are suitable, then we are more than happy to accept cheques if sent to our Treasurer, at the address given at the end of this email.
Legacies are also a vital source of support and we now have a dedicated page on our website which provides information on legacies and about leaving a gift in your Will to Last Chance Hotel. All donations enable us to continue our work in rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming, and legacies provide a future for the charity, as well as giving us further opportunity to educate, inform and promote responsible pet ownership.

Emergency Call

At the beginning of January, Sam was asked by another rescue for help in transporting some pound dogs at very short notice. This is how Cathy tells it:

“I would like to say a massive big fat thank you to Last Chance Hotel Rescue who are making a MAMMOTH road trip from way down in Cornwall today for me to save THE LIVES OF MY POUNDIES. We thought we had the run covered but poor Sue's van is off the road. We had poundies in crates at home to save them in last 2 days and no kennels at all. I WAS STRANDED. I remembered Sam saying if I was stuck to get in touch, so I messaged her and she and her fab co-driver have sprung into action. The Last Chance Hotel team are doing this regularly TO SAVE LIVES AND WORK TOGETHER WITH POUNDS AND OTHER RESCUES!!! Today we see THREE rescues and TEAM POUNDIE come TOGETHER to get these dogs out alive. Lives will not be lost today thanks to this wonderful rescue who are driving from Cornwall to Harrogate via Nottingham to save lives and that is all! XXXXXX Love to you Sam S, Joanne B for offering spaces and to Sam, Selena, Theresa, Jo and all Last Chance Hotel Team who are doing and organising this amazing run!” Cathy Holding

Sam and Jo clocked up 900 miles in one day on this transport run. At one of the pounds they came across a lurcher boy with no name, frail and unwell. They couldn't possibly leave him there in a cold kennel, so he joined them on their trip home to Cornwall.
This sweet boy now has a name, Piper, given to him by a lovely lady. He is recovering slowly, still under vet supervision but he is warm, loved, and having lots of cuddles. And that is what it’s all about.

January Fundraisers

The first show of the season was held at Knightswood Stud and Equestrian Centre on the 22nd January. Another fantastic turnout of riders, who all had a great time. Grateful thanks to Becca Sampson for organising the show, and to Lisa Guy who owns Knightswood, for their continued support and for raising vital funds for LCH.

Fundraisers take all forms: they can be indoor or outdoor events, such as our Fayres and Dog Shows, pub quiz nights, car boot sales, coffee mornings, raffles, and Becca’s Horse Shows, to name but a few. They can also be online, such as our Facebook Auction, or sponsored events through the charitable donations website "Just Giving”. This offers a brilliant way for individuals to fundraise for us, through their sometimes crazy, sometimes daring, feats. Phillip Hyden has promised to shave off his waist length hair if his target of £1500 is met. He is almost there, it would be fantastic if he could achieve his aim, especially as he is also donating his hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer or other illness. You can find Phillip's Just Giving page here or by going to the website and searching for his name. Kristina Coulson has just recently set up a Just Giving fundraising page for us. Kristina is planning to do a sky dive and her target is £1000.
Any donations via Just Giving are passed on to the charity immediately, so the dogs can benefit straightaway, and Gift Aid allows the tax on donations to be recovered, thereby adding even more vital pennies. If you would like to donate to Last Chance Hotel, then this is a great way of supporting our supporters!

If you would like to help LCH with a fundraising event, please contact the team with your idea on 01209 281159 or email Louisa on louisa@lastchancehotel.org.

Thank You!

Name that Dog!

A lovely lady gave an equally lovely donation to the charity last month. This was about the time that Sam and Jo made the emergency transport run north, and came home with little Lurcher No-name. We asked this kind lady to get in touch with us, and if she would give our new charge a name, and she chose Piper, in memory of her beloved cat, who had passed away last year. A massive thank you from all the team, for your very generous donation, and a great name for our boy.

Slimming and Teamwork

Huge thanks to Linda Smith and all at Sue Care's Camborne Slimming World group for their £50 donation dropped off at the LCH Hub in Redruth. Your support is truly appreciated.
Team Keisha donated some money to the charity to help us take in an old ex breeding bitch, whose owner couldn't be bothered to care for her. Grateful thanks from one team to another.

Karen and the Gang!

Karen Gallagher and North Country Garage have done it yet again, - getting our little green mean machine back on the road after organ replacement surgery (new alternator and battery!). Thank you Karen and all the gang!

Amazonians Anonymous

An absolutely huge thank you for all the fab stuff we are getting off our Amazon Wish List. Treats, balls, collars, so many different things! Mostly the gifts are from anonymous donors, and 2 are not, but we cannot read the print outs unfortunately. We do know a Mrs Moore has sent us a gift of a bag of Burns. Thank you so much, we are going to have some very happy pooches…..

In The Dog House

Ancol Pet Products sent over a donation to The Dog House, Helston, - good strong slip leads for transporting the dogs, and lovely coats to keep them warm. What a fab gift, thank you so much!
An anonymous donor popped a very generous donation through the letterbox, - whoever you are, thank you so much from Team LCH and all the dogs - your support is greatly appreciated!

Once Upon a Time...

....there was a Last Chancer called Chunk, who decided to write the story of how he was rescued, and came to live with his mummy, Anne-Marie Reed, and his new family. His mum thought this was a great idea, and between them they have produced a lovely rhyming storybook, complete with illustrations, suitable for children of all ages, and grown ups too! All the profits from "Chunk's Tale" will go to the charity that saved Chunk, and gave him the chance of life, love and a future, namely Last Chance Hotel. Chunk's Tale is available to buy online, at www.chunkstale.moonfruit.com and can also be bought at the Last Chance Hotel Hub Shop in Redruth, and Shoreline Tattoo, 7 Chapel St, St Ives.

Chunk’s Tale had a lovely review in the magazine Dogs Monthly, with a good mention for LCH. Well done Chunk and Anne-Marie!

Rescues Revisited 

This is what Last Chance Hotel is all about....... 

Gorgeous Banksy. For those who don't know him, the first photo was when he was picked up as a stray by the dog warden. He was 4 months old, petrified and already had a batch of healed scars. The mental scars are still ongoing 2 years later. I transported him from the pound for LCH as a volunteer and kept him for one night. As you can see, he never left!

He is the most loving dog and his family is everything to him. We adore him and so does everyone who sees him. I work in a theatre and he comes with me and makes all the touring actors smile with cuddles. They talk about home and missing their own pets and everyone feels better. Dogs do that, don't they? Even when they have been through horrific times themselves. We have much to learn from them. MJ

 

Beanz just chilling out with his new buddy Cinnamon. Beanz is going to be 3 this year. 3!! You guys saved him at 5 weeks old!
CD

 

Happy New Year to all from Hinge and Bracket (otherwise known as Milly and Molly), just to let everyone know they are still going strong"ish" and are as inseparable as ever. Thanking everyone for the continued support for our special seniors. CC

Happy Gotcha Day!

“Gotcha Day” is the name given to the day a lucky hound first came into his or her forever home. Here are a few tributes from January of that celebration of love.

Lucy
I can't believe it's been 1 whole year today that this beautiful old lady was due to be pts. Luckily Lucy Lou found us and came to join our family, such a loving, funny, energetic old lady, happy gotcha day Lucy Lou. Love you to the moon and back xx LS

Doris
One year ago this lovely pup came to live with me. She's a great big lump of loveliness albeit sometimes defiant. But that makes her all the more unique. Love her so much. Looking forward to the years to come. Dotty Doris you're No1. Xxx JS

Brodie
Happy 1st 're-birthday' Brodie Bear!
A year ago today we collected a skinny, scared staffie from a transport run as a first time fosterer, we failed miserably and now we love you so much...... I swear she doesn't walk like other dogs, she bounces and dances everywhere she goes.......LNP

Chase
One man's junk is another man's treasure. And someone's unwanted mutt is someone's best friend forever 💜🐶 It's been one year since we adopted Chase and he has brought us many happy times and made our family complete. Happy Doggie-versary Chase. Thank you LCH for bringing us together x KH

Rainbow Bridge

Sweet Saffy came into rescue last month, very poorly, and needing mammary surgery. Carolyn and Desmond Harding took her into their home and hearts, and gave her lots of love and cuddles. Sadly, this little mite wasn't strong enough, and she left for Rainbow Bridge to join Poppet and Cherry, and all the others who have been loved, cared for, and are now so sorely missed. Sweet dreams Saffy, we didn't know you for long, but you touched our hearts.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 12th March 2017 2pm-4pm

Fun Dog Show at Treloweth Community Hall, Moorfield Road, Pool TR15 3QB
15 classes with rosettes to third place, and trophy and rosette for Best in Show.

Come and have some fun, refreshments and cake!

Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, - filling an emptiness we don't even know we have
Thom Jones

Last Chance Hotel

14 Westdown Road, Delabole, Cornwall. PL33 9DS

01209 281159

www.lastchancehotel.org

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