The society has sixteen committee members and officers and dozens of outworkers who check homes, transport dogs and perform any other tasks that need doing. All our volunteers work from home. We do not have kennels but rely on friendly boarding kennels around the country for which we pay. Between 150 and 200 collies come onto the books annually. The majority are domestic casualties; a smaller proportion are strays. We deal with only pedigree Rough and Smooth Collies but we have re-homed the odd cross-breed that has found itself accidentally in our care. Most domestics are a result of partnership break-ups, bereavement. change of accommodation, allergies or ill health. There is also (far too often) the new baby syndrome. people also tell lies to be rid of their dog when they have had the best years from him or her or when they have ruined their temperament. Most collies (about three-quarters of the intake) are males. The average age is 5 years but there are more older bitches. We have a non destruction policy, unless a vet advises it would be a better course.
We do not buy or sell dogs but ask for a donation, the amount being left to the adopter. The average amount is £50 but more is sometimes given (usually when the collie is young). Older collies of 10 years and over are offered on Permanent Foster when no donation is asked for. The foster carer feeds the dog at their own expense (unless a special diet is required) but rescue pays any veterinary costs incurred.
With regard to fundraising, around the country there are people constantly raising money for the society through exemption shows. sponsored walks, car boot sales,coffee mornings and on occasion more unusual antics. Breeders are often generous when re-homing older dogs and send an annual donation from the amounts they get for the dog. Some Collie Breed Clubs also give annual donations. We have stands at some Club Championship Shows and sell Notelets, Christmas Cards, Calendars various collie related items and donated bric-a-brac. Our best shop window isTheCrufts Dog Show. We have a trade stand there selling more exotic items and our activities have the approval of The Kennel Club. I hope this does not seem too potted or clinical, but I have tried to show as many aspects as I can. When you have read this information, should you wish to help in any way it will be most welcome.
Mrs Chris Slater Secretary and Co ordinator
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