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Welcome to our May newsletter, where you will find some easy ways to help us, fundraising news, happy Gotchas, Rosie's Mini Quiz, and the latest from the Sanctuary, along with our regular features.

It has been a bad start to the month, with the frontline team facing 8 dogs in danger within the space of 3 hours on the 1st May. Holding it all together and functioning on a day to day basis is difficult enough, but an avalanche of requests and threats makes for a hard week in rescue, possibly the hardest to date. We are lucky to have a very experienced team, dedicated to the welfare of animals, but sometimes even they will falter when confronted with humans who have no compassion, no empathy, and total disregard for life. But knowing that they have made a difference, in saving the lives of creatures who have no one to speak for them, - this brings a special strength, and a stronger resolve. 

And that is team LCH. 

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New Homeseekers

Reuben is 10 years old and looking for a new home through no fault of his own. This boy loves to sunbathe, enjoys cuddles, and is good with kids, but very boisterous (aren't all Staffies?), so teenager upwards would be ideal for him. His keeper says: 'Overall he’s a big chunk of love who needs someone that understands that cuddles are the most important thing to him. If you're anxious or upset he will do everything in his power to make it better.' 

If you or someone you know can offer this handsome chap his new forever sofa, please get in touch with us. Email info@lastchancehotel.org.

You can find more information on our other dogs by visiting our website pages: for foster or for adoption. Also our Facebook page.

Waggy Tail Endings

This sweet boy came into rescue in mid April at the age of 14 weeks. William is blind due to  a birth defect, and sadly, his blindness can never be cured. William needed a family who would be able to cope with his disability, and give him the companionship and guidance that he deserves. Two weeks later he moved in with his special family; he has settled in well, and is already very much loved. Way to go William, have a great life!

Arnold has been in foster for about 6 weeks and featured in our last newsletter. This cheeky chappie has landed on his paws with Nellie, another Last Chancer, pictured here snoozing with him after their first full day together. We think they are a perfect match. 

2 year old Molly whippet came into rescue in early April as an extremely timid, but very sweet girl. She had to be taken ‘unseen’, and went straight into foster with Sara and Sym and their gorgeous girlie Tilly. Fast forward three weeks - Molly is now officially a permanent member of the family. This beautiful girl is gradually coming out of her shell, - Sara said that it took a while to get her tail wagging but it was the best sight ever!  Congratulations to Sara and Sym for joining the FFC, or ‘Failed Fosterers Club’, where failing is a wonderful thing. Happy days Molly, AKA ‘Little Miss Molly Whipperty Longstockings’,- you’ve landed on all four paws there!

Still Waiting

These two boys are very much bonded. Mojo, the lurcher on the right is very attached to Archie, the Mastiff. However, Mojo is not dog friendly, so we really need a foster home for them both where there are no children and no other animals, - a very big ask...

If that wasn't enough, 3 year old Archie needs a bilateral TPLO (major surgery that requires the breaking of bones and then repositioned and plated up). These boys are currently still in kennels, so not only do we need a dog free, child free home for them both, but we need that fosterer to see Archie through this major surgery. This is now more urgent than ever. Archie needs that ok as soon as possible, before his legs get to the point of being unrepairable. If you, or someone you know, could help these boys, please get in touch.

 email: info@lastchancehotel.org

The Auction is underway!

JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO! Our new online auction, is now up and running, with new items being added daily. LOOK at these fab lots.. LOT 157 - one of two Dahon fold up bikes in immaculate condition. The RRP on this is over £450, but we have a START BID of £70.00 on this item, - grab a bargain!
HOLBY CITY FANS look no further! LOTS 77- 81, various Holby City hoodies, one SIGNED BY MEMBERS OF THE CAST, all kindly donated by our patron, Rosie Marcel, who plays Jac Naylor. Also there will be some signed photos of the cast.
LOT 158 - Donated to LCH by Martin Clunes, a Prince Of Wales check suit made in March 2009 for him to wear in the series Doc Martin. Also with a signed photo. A fab collector’s piece with a start bid of £100.
Items posted up are already attracting bids; the auction ends at 20:30 on Tuesday 21st May. Join the group here.

 

 

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Movement for Good Awards are now open for nominations. 500 lucky charities will benefit from £1000 awards but, as ever, WE NEED YOUR HELP to increase our chances of being one of the 500. Nominating takes less than 3 minutes, please click the link here and fill in the form; if family and friends could also nominate, that would be fab. You will need our charity number, which is 1157684. Closing date is 17th May, so not much time left..... Thank you!

 

Rainbow Bridge

RILEY

Riley came into rescue two years ago and landed on all four paws with Julie and family. Some months ago he developed various cancers and underwent treatments to fight them. Despite giving his all, and being so deserving of his superhero status, Riley could fight no more. Here is Julie's own tribute to her special boy:

'It’s with a very heavy heart that we said goodbye to our beautiful boy. Riley-Beau succumbed to all his ailments and he let us know it was time to let him go. He had two fantastic years with us after we adopted him and we loved him to bits. We were all together to say goodbye and held him close as he crossed over rainbow bridge. He was a very special boy, and he brought me so much joy and love. He has been through so much but as devastated as we are we know his pain is over now xx'

Thank you Julie for being there for Riley from the start and giving him two wonderful years; all our love to you and the family.

 

MEG

Dear little Meg arrived under LCH's wing in late June 2017, and went straight into foster with team member Sue and her canine family. Shortly afterwards Meg was diagnosed with terminal cancer; we knew that she would have the best care possible with Sue, who loved and cared for Meg from day one, worrying for her health, taking her for 'walks' in her stroller, attending to her medical requirements, and giving her a life that she would not have otherwise had.

Meg would accompany Sue to the LCH dog shows, often winning a rosette or two. Her last appearance was at the April dog show at Crofthandy.

This sweet old lady without a doubt had the best 22 months of her life with Sue, and she is missed beyond words. All our love and thanks to Sue for caring for her, being there for her and loving her. Run free at the Bridge little Meg.

Two other dedicated LCH volunteers also said goodbye to their precious charges.... Anne lost her boy Sam under very tragic circumstances, and Janet helped her beloved Maggie to Rainbow Bridge following a long fight with cancer. No matter how they leave us, it doesn't get any easier.... the pleasure from having them in our lives is matched by the pain of losing them.

All our love to Anne and Joe, and Janet and John, - maybe Sam and Maggie, Riley and Meg are playing at the Bridge together.... 

Sam

Maggie

Fundraisers

Our first dog show of the year at Crofthandy Village Hall attracted a fab array of entrants. It was lovely to meet so many gorgeous pooches and their doting families. So many pics were taken but this one said it all, - Lily fast asleep after an exciting afternoon, with her three rosettes, including two firsts for 'Scruffiest Long Hair" and "Dog with a Disability". Many thanks to everyone who came along, took part, baked goodies for us, and helped make the show a success. We look forward to seeing you all again at our Summer Fayre on the 14th July. 

 

Don't forget the LCH Bonus Ball page. If you would like to join in and have a flutter, please like the LCH Bonus Ball page here. You have to be in it to win it!

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.

Pets at Home Charity Drive

We are very pleased to announce that Last Chance Hotel has been chosen as the nominated Charity of the Year at Pets at Home Pool branch. Support Adoption for Pets, the charity closely affiliated to PAH, is running a Summer Fundraising Appeal – Help Fill Empty Tummies, from Friday 17th May to Thursday 13th June, raising money for homeless pets. Our lovely volunteers will be attending every weekend at Pool branch from the 18th May through to 9th June, so please do drop in and say hello and have a go on the tombola, and help the appeal. This will be a big fundraiser and LCH will be a beneficiary.

 

Thank you!

The White Hart tests the Grey Matter

Huge thanks to Anne and Joe Marshall for organising a quiz night and fab raffle at the White Hart Hotel, Holsworthy. Many thanks to everyone who came along to test their grey matter and contribute to a very successful evening, raising over £400 for the animals in our care.

Rats Galore!

A very big thank you to Fiona Barker for organising a Fun Rat Show at Lanivet Parish Community Centre and sponsoring LCH. Thank you also to 'Creeky Classics' car restoration in Rumford for covering the costs of the hall hire so all the proceeds from the show were donated to LCH. Here are a few snaps of some happy rats and the lucky humans they let look after them ☺️ photos courtesy of Jez Kemp and his family.

On the Road to a Ton

Hopley's Coaches are aiming to raise a 'ton of money' which will be split between LCH and another animal charity. Through the generosity of their customers, they have already reached 200Kg, and donated £125 to LCH in early April, which is hugely appreciated. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, and to Hopley's, for this fabulous fundraiser.

Pots of Love

A big thank you to the customers at the Co-op St Blazey Par for donating £72.77 for LCH, and to all those who contribute to our vet bills by popping their spare change into our collection pots whenever they see one. It all adds up....

Birthday Greetings

Belated Birthday Greetings to Heidi Lawrence and Teresa Demetriou, who very generously asked their friends and family to donate to LCH via 'Facebook Fundraisers' to celebrate their special days. Thank you ladies, we hope you enjoyed your birthdays!

Going Green

Very many thanks to customers of Asda St Austell branch who voted for LCH in the recent 3 monthly Green Token Giving Programme. We reached first place and have received a prize of £500! This is a fab result, and we are very grateful to Asda for running this initiative.

All weather Debbie....

We'd like to thank Debbie Richards for her ongoing support and fundraising. Debbie does various boot sales in North Cornwall, regularly at Pendean boot sale in Bude, and she often battles the elements with a smile on her face ☀️🌧🌈 thanks Debbie.

Easter Sunday at Trago

Another big thank you to our volunteer Anne Marshall for giving up her Easter Sunday to spread the LCH word at Trago Mills' Easter Fayre at their Liskeard branch. It was a bright and busy day, our gazebo pictured here stands proud before the start of the event. Thanks also to everyone who dropped in to say hello. 

Rosie's Mini Quiz

Rosie is an ex puppy farm breeding girl. She came into rescue last September with several other Chihuahuas and now has a loving home with an LCH volunteer. She is very inquisitive (nickname 'Nosy Rosie') so we thought she would be ideal to host a miniature quiz! All of the answers can be found in the newsletter.

May's darling buds

  1. Which winged visitors returned to the Sanctuary in April?
  2. Pets at Home is affiliated to which charity?
  3. How much are Hopley's Coaches hoping to raise? 

(Answers at the end of the newsletter)

Sanctuary News

 

Madamoiselle Bublè gets a summer residence 

Our beautiful Madamoiselle Bublè needed a pig arc; previously she would have to go into a stable at night, but would much rather have stayed in her day space with all her toys and wallow... Following an appeal, her wish came true as Mark Wicks stepped in and donated a fab new pad for her. Thank you so much Mark, you have made this girl as happy as a pig in mud! 

 

A massive bale-in...

Huge thanks to Michelle Jeffery for buying the sanctuary 70 bales of bedding hay. Absolutely fantastic, as bedding is a big expense here....

Heras heroes

Our grateful thanks to J.J.Jones and Sons Ltd for donating 12 good panels of Heras fencing.. and thank you to Tina Bettison and her husband for sorting them and bringing them to the farm.  

 

Our swallows are back...

Summer is on its way, and we are busy sowing seeds in the polytunnel. Our swallows will soon be building their nests in the barns and stables and we are looking forward to seeing the chicks popping their tiny heads over the sides.

 

Bats...

Bats continue to be a worry, with several coming in to the rescue with injuries, and malnourishment. But we have also been able to release at least 4 healthy bats back into the wild, albeit with mixed emotions, yet knowing they are back where they belong. Thanks again for the guidance and expertise of Chris and Sue Harlow without whom we would have floundered badly.

This is a Whiskered Bat, he came into our care recently and is being hand fed as he was very thin and dehydrated. Hopefully he will be back up to strength very soon and will be released back to where he was found.

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

BAILEY

Happy gotcha day Bailey xxx SJ

 

ANGEL

Happy 1st gotcha day beautiful Angel, you have given us so much happiness x TS

 

PLUTO

Today it is two years since this gorgeous and funny chap strolled through my door, chose me as his and stole my heart. Not looking bad for a spritely 16 year old. I can truly say I am honoured to share my life with him. SM

BEANIE

Happy "gotcha day" to this special little boy who has fitted into our family so well. He's fearless (thinks he's a Rottweiler 😱🤣) and so loving when he feels safe with you. My Beanie. RR

DOLLY

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day to Dollyboots (formerly known as Violet). We have loved seeing you regain your love for life, rediscover food and even learn to play again. We have been sorry to see you now begin to fail - your eyesight is shot, and your dementia increases daily. We have hated seeing your panicked and restless days and wished that there was more that medication and cuddles could do to calm you. But know that you are loved by your human and canine families. CH

Dates for your Diary

14th July 10am - 4pm  LCH Summer Fayre and Dog Show at Crofthandy Village Hall. More info to come on our website events page.

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 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.

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.

Thank you from Team LCH and all the animals!

 

Rosie's Mini Quiz answers:

1. Swallows      2. Support Adoption for Pets      3. A ton of money

“Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colours dressed”
James Thomson

 

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14 Westdown Road, Delabole, Cornwall. PL33 9DS

01209 281159

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