New partnership working announced as National Animal Day is launched in Wales.
Today (Monday, August 10, 2020) we announce a working partnership with Greyhound Rescue Wales, the longest established greyhound charity in Wales, to further the cause of animal welfare.
The announcement comes ahead of the first National Animal Day on August 23, which will honour the service of animals in war and provide a lasting legacy for animals in need. Despite coronavirus restrictions, thousands of you – our kind-hearted volunteers and supporters – are busy selling purple poppy pin badges, our official emblem of the day, across the UK and beyond.
Both organisations believe this collaboration is relevant and timely given that 20,000 dogs were trained for front-line duties during World War One – significant numbers of them greyhounds and lurchers. These canines carried aid to the wounded, took messages between the lines and sniffed out enemy soldiers. They were also used for pulling machine guns and equipment, and their roles were deemed so important that in the early months of 1917 the War Office formed the War Dog School of Instruction to train them.
Lindsay Jackson, Chair of Greyhound Rescue Wales says she welcomes this working partnership which begins with the sale of the pin badges and knitted purple poppies, which will be available in the charities five shops in Cardiff, Swansea, Blackwood, Merthyr and Neath. “Hearing stories of the role these wonderful animals played in supporting soldiers just reinforces for me how amazing they are. We campaign endlessly to spread the message that Greyhounds and Lurcher’s make wonderful pets and companion dogs. We continue to work with key partners to make sure that all Greyhounds in Wales receive protection in law in the future. Greyhound Rescue Wales is an almost entirely voluntary organisation, so all the funds we raise are put to good use with the lowest possible overheads.”
For our part, we at War Horse Memorial believe this reinforces the importance of recognising that dogs have always been there for us when we need them most. We have created National Animal Day to highlight the importance of animals and is timely given the “significant” financial implications that animal welfare charities are facing in the Covid-19 crisis due to falling donations, the closure of visitor centres to protect staff and volunteers, and the cancellation of fundraising events. We look forward to supporting the excellent work of this wonderful charity.
Greyhound Rescue Wales began in 1993 with a small group of people trying to rescue Greyhounds and Lurchers in the Swansea area. Over the next few years the organisation grew quickly and attracted support from many parts of Wales. Greyhound Rescue Wales became a registered charity in 1996 when it covered the whole of Wales and is the longest established Greyhound charity in Wales and the only all Wales charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Greyhounds and Lurchers. Its rehoming centre is in Ammanford, in Carmarthenshire. GRW is a charitable company limited by guarantee, company number 08411721, charity number 1152650, and was established in this new form on 2nd June 2013. Our dogs are given to us directly by their owners or we take them in as strays after they have been abandoned. Our dogs receive all the loving care and veterinary treatment they need for as long as they are with us. All are also neutered, vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped.