Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Keeping the Community at Heart

Are you a dog or a cat person, or do we really have to make a choice?  As much as we are a family of cat lovers, we do also hanker after a dog or two to join our family.  However, I think it would be unfair on a dog, particularly a rescue dog, to have new babies arriving in the home, so we have said we will hold off on a dog until we have had all our babies.

Of course, that doesn't stop us speculating on what kind of dog to get.  When Steve and I have these discussions, as we regularly do, it's usually either a rescued beagle or a rescued greyhound that comes to the fore.  As a teenager I used to regularly walk a family friend's greyhound, Fleur, and she was absolutely adorable, such a lovely-natured dog.  I am led to believe this is the standard greyhound temperament, and told they make great family dogs.

So beautiful too - this is rather handsome Foggy, currently up for adoption at Fife.


But did you know that there are around 30,000 ex-racing greyhounds in need of homes at the moment?  Many of these retired greyhounds can be found at rehoming centres such as Greyhound Rescue Fife, as seen in this video.  Set up by Celia and Jimmy Fernie in 2005, the centre has 40-50 dogs at any one time, which will be vaccinated, wormed, treated for fleas and neutered, ready for new forever homes.

Energy company SSE runs a community volunteers scheme called Community at Heart, which allows all 22,000 of its employees the chance to take a day out of their working life to help a local community project. Some of the employees chose to use their day at Greyhound Rescue Fife, as you can see in the video below.



All charities or local organisations and groups can apply for help from a team of helping hands, minds, ideas or skills completely free of charge from SSE.  If you know of an organisation which would benefit, just get in touch via volunteering@sse.com to ask for help.

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