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As we head into November, with the fright nights of Halloween and Bonfire Night now over, it's all go for Christmas... Yes, just over 6 weeks away folks! If you are already thinking of presents for friends and family, how about taking a look at our Facebook online Christmas Auction, with loads of fabulous stuff up for grabs. You will have to be quick though, because it ends on Saturday 17th November. 

Our Autumn Fayre and Dog Show at the end of October was as popular as ever, despite a brisk wind blowing. So many beautiful dogs and caring owners; we were lucky to have a professional photographer there to record the smiles! It was a fab day, with a lovely friendly atmosphere.

Rescue goes on regardless, with over a dozen dogs coming in to the care of LCH, and many more animals helped in some way, including a cat that had been denied urgent veterinary care until his distraught owners could pay up, and a dog who had to be moved ultra quickly after he had been bought on Gumtree, and caused mayhem in his new home. Both these animals in desperate straits, and all the others that have made their way to safety in Cornwall, deserve every chance of a future.

And that is what Last Chance Hotel is all about.

 

A Special Appeal to our supporters

Our vet bill has ballooned as a result of so many poorly dogs coming in to rescue, and Womble the Goat had his operation recently which has added to the expense. As you know, all our volunteers are unpaid, so every penny that is donated goes towards the welfare of the animals in our care, the vet bill being our greatest expense. We need to pay this bill, which currently stands at £3789.04, before we can help any other poor souls. If you could help us by donating towards it, we would be forever grateful.

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New Arrivals

With no let-up during October, over 15 dogs were looking for foster or new forever homes, some from the pounds, some welfare cases, and a few private rehomes. Only a handful can be showcased here, but our website and Facebook page are kept up to date with all the incomers, so do look in on them if you can.

Squeak was found as a stray and ended up in the pound. Within a couple of hours of posting her up on our Facebook page, a fab foster home had been secured for her, and she travelled down to Cornwall a few days later. Two more little ones, Reggie and Maggie, also poundies, went into emergency foster with LCH founder Sam at HQ. These two have now moved to a quieter foster home where Reggie can gain confidence and Maggie can continue to recover from her medical issues. Ellie the black lab needs a very special understanding home, preferably with a male, as she has suffered abuse at the hands of a woman. And little Ralph is one of several private rehomes that we are helping with.

Top pic: Squeak

1st row: Reggie, Maggie   2nd row:  Ellie, Ralph

These are just a few of the recent incomers. If you would like to follow their progress, and find out more about all the others, please check out our Facebook page and website lastchancehotel.org. We now have a news section on the Home page; dogs are constantly being assessed in their foster homes and information changes regularly.

Happy Departures to New Homes

Sometimes you just get a really good feeling about an applicant, and have to go with that feeling even though on paper it would seem a non-starter. But LCH has never baulked at distance, or age, or any other factors that may not be tolerated by other rescue organisations. Last month, dear Rose, our beautiful deaf Labrador, who had been with our fab regular Lab fosterer Sam S, found a wonderful forever home over the border in Scotland.

A local home checker was engaged to chat to this lovely couple, who were very keen to take Rose, and Sam helped transport her to them. Since then they have sent a super update to Sam with photos of Rose enjoying her new home. 

Our dogs certainly do like to get about!

Fundraisers

It was a dry day, but a cold one with a chill wind blowing, so we were thankful for the shelter of the marquee for our Autumn Fayre Dog Show at the end of October. What a fab day it was, so many gorgeous pooches, new faces, a lovely friendly atmosphere, and many wonderful craft stalls to browse. Not forgetting the superb array of cakes and delicacies baked especially for us by our amazing supporters. Many thanks to Katie Sainsbury for judging the Companion Show, and Nigel Lunt and Debra Curnow for the equally hard task of judging the Fun Show. A huge thank you to Absolute Canvas Marquee Hire of Falmouth, a wonderful team of animal lovers, who very generously donated the marquee for our use, you are all amazing.

Peggy Colclough of Pawfect Photography gave up her Sunday to come along and take photos of the dogs strutting their stuff, thank you Peggy! Thanks to all the stall holders for supporting the event with their diverse and interesting products. And of course a very big thank you to all those who attended, brought their dogs, and joined in the fun, helping to raise much needed funds for Last Chance Hotel.

The Companion Best in Show rosette went to Cilla the pug, owned by Many Solomon; Best Puppy was Indy the Rottie (owned by Becky Verran) who also took the Reserve Best in Show (pictured). The Fun Best in Show trophy was taken away by Daisy, a gorgeous black pug, owned by Glynis Jones (pictured above), and Reserve went to Piran, owned by June Metcalfe.

All photographs by Peggy Colclough of Pawfect Photography, Camborne.

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.

Buster's Story

Told by LCH team member Louisa Blum:

'As admin of Last Chance Hotel I took a voicemail last week from a very desperate man who was asking for help. Theresa gave the guy a call and heard that his vet refused to treat Buster the cat until they had full payment available, (despite previously agreeing to treatment if 50% was paid up front). Buster was in a bad way and needed his leg amputated; Sam B'Stard (LCH founder) agreed that Buster could be treated at LCH vets.

He came to me after surgery for recuperation, had his final post op check last night and today has been re-united with his family.

Good luck Buster and thank you Last Chance Hotel, days like this make it all worth it.'

Pic shows Buster with his very happy and relieved family.

Thank you!

Christmas is coming....

A massive thank you to Amerie Bailey and her lovely friends and acquaintances who gathered all the wonderful gifts for our rescue dogs and street dogs for Christmas. We are so grateful for your generosity, this is absolutely amazing. The photo here shows just a small number of your fab gifts for the dogs, thank you so much!

Amazonians.....

Wow! A huge Boomer ball,  a bottle of colloidal silver, and a big pack of kennel disinfectant and cleaner arrived courtesy of an anonymous supporter. Whoever you are, thank you so much!

Knowledge is all.....

Huge thanks to Dawn Roberts for organising a Quiz evening at Lanivet on 2nd November. Many teams took part in this fun evening to test the grey matter. Not only did the LCH homecheckers win (hooray!) but £220 was raised for Last Chance Hotel. A fab evening all round!

Our Facebook online Christmas auction is currently up and running and ends on Saturday 17th November at 6pm. Here are a few of the lots on offer, many bargains to be had, super Christmas presents! Pop along and join the page here. Click here for the link to the auction album.

Rainbow Bridge

Wilma

A tribute to Wilma from Sam:

Do you remember Wilma? She came into rescue in April, 2017 and went straight into foster with Heather and her family. She never left, Heather and Wilma could not be parted. Wilma was a bait dog, she came in with horrendous scarring and injuries. A few months ago Wilma developed cancer in her mouth, and we went forward with her treatment. But sadly Wilma lost her battle with this vile disease, - it had spread to her eyes. Wilma was around 8 years old... a life of abuse, but a year and a half of peace and love with Heather .... it should have been years !!! Heather is one in a million and remained with her when she took her final journey. The photos show Wilma's last look at the sunset on this path... she will see many more sunsets on her new path, where her sight is restored and she is pain free .. all our love to Heather and Martin.

High View Farm Update

The day finally came for Womble's operation, which we have all been dreading because of the risks involved with putting a goat under anaesthetic. But, thanks to the fabulous vets at Coast to Coast, and the vet nurses at Rosemullion vets, Penryn, he came through; we won't say 'unscathed' because it was his 'big boy' operation, made much more complicated because one testicle was retained, - hidden behind his bladder. But all's well that ends well, and he is now up and about again, enjoying the company of his friend Billy. The pic here shows him post op.

We have a Facebook page dedicated to High View Farm Sanctuary, please take a look and like and follow the page.

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 some tributes of that celebration of love

KAI

I adopted Kai from Lch 3 years ago, here he is now, happy and healthy, thanks all you guys for making it happen. LA

 

GEORGIE

This is Georgie today eating his Gotcha sausage - he came to us 1 year ago today. JH

 

BUTLER

Happy second Gotcha Day to Butler! This year Butler has played in a lot of snow, trained to do a marathon, and also calmed down quite a bit, showing he’s actually a very responsible, sensible dog under all the excitement! He continues to be my constant companion! This year he’s also helped us settle in a new dog, Harry, a good old-fashioned cross-breed, who we fostered then adopted from a local Yorkshire shelter. Harry was rescued in a horrible abuse case, and despite his amazing resilience had been left with some quirky behaviours. As a result, he’d spent a year in kennels without being successfully rehomed, in that time being adopted twice only to quickly come back again for being unmanageable. A few months of hard work later, Harry’s settled in wonderfully here. No small part of that has been due to Butler’s help in showing him what's what and tiring him out, and the two have become good friends, along with our other dog, Douglas. EC

REGGIE

Reggie here, it was my 2nd Gotcha Day last week, I thought you guys at LCH would like to see how life is treating me, well, all I can say is ACE, I have got a best mate called Eddie, we run wild most days, my mum and dad spoil me rotten and I love them so much, thanks again for finding me my forever home. Over and out, Reggie Roodles x JD

Did you Know?

We have a NEW LAST CHANCE HOTEL FACEBOOK PAGE, which aims to keep you updated with all the latest news on the dogs and much more. Please click on the link and ‘like’ our page.

We have other Facebook groups: LAST CHANCE HOTEL AUCTION runs auctions throughout the year, with loads of fab stuff up for grabs, raising vital funds for our vet bill.

Our LCH ONLINE DOG SHOW group allows you to show off your pooches from the comfort of your armchair, and also helps raise funds for our vet bill.

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! The link will take you straight there for a browse of all sorts of goodies from toys and chews to harnesses, coats and lovely food.

There are also ways to help raise funds for us whilst you’re shopping online, which don’t cost you a penny. Easyfundraising is a scheme whereby you can shop at many popular retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and they will donate a small percentage (usually 1%) of your order to the charity of your choice, with no extra expense to you. Giveasyoulive is a similar scheme, with over 4000 retailers involved.

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 provides another way of donating and also an opportunity for individuals to fundraise for us through sponsorship of a personal challenge. In addition, it 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 donations via direct bank transfer using the following information:

Barclays
Last Chance Hotel
Sort code: 20-67-19
Account no: 73797503
(Do drop us a quick email with your details so we can say thanks!)

or cheques, if sent to our Treasurer, at the address given at the bottom of this newsletter.
Thank you from Team LCH and all the animals!

 

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.

He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

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Last Chance Hotel

14 Westdown Road, Delabole, Cornwall. PL33 9DS

01209 281159

www.lastchancehotel.org

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