A few years ago we started to work with Petplan as they are one of the few insurances that realise that small independent rescues get no financial grants or support so send money bank from the policys taking out, so whilst paying your premium you are also giving back to the rescue you adopted your dog from.
All our dogs receive a healthcheck from Natterjacks vets and you receive 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan that YOU need to activate the day you adopt your dog.
Another reason we use Petplan is that we have our own dogs insured with them. We insured our own dogs with Petplan as when I was younger I worked at a vets and saw so many BIG NAME companies not pay out on insurance claims at last minute and genuine people be landed with huge bills. Also because of this, vets ask for payment up front due to insurance companies keep doing this, BUT because Petplan is so good they are one of the few insurance companys that vets will wait for the money as they are so good at paying out. So if you think so many ops can be £4000 plus can you afford that up front with one of the other companys. I couldn't so my dogs are with Petplan.
Soooooo over the last few years Pets at Home have been really amazing at supporting small independent rescues like DDR like never before. Firstly, they sent us a pallet of food to help over the Christmas period. Also, due to The Support Adoption Scheme in the store where we go to and sell raffle tickets, they raised an amazing £2326.36.
This is breathtaking for us as our vet's bill is up to £4000 even though we pay huge sums weekly so, instead of refurbishing our new van at this present time, we feel this whole amount, when clear, will be going off our vet's bill. As Natterjacks are truly a one off vet practice and hence why many people who adopt are staying with this amazing team, we seem to be inundated with skin issues and joint problems so feel this is more of a priority.
Also Colin and Jenny and their amazing team at Pets at Home, Fleetsbridge were great to work alongside. They really interacted with the dogs (even Bandit when he trashed a display!!) and genuinely cared about their stories and wanted cuddles. They all had a great sense of humour and were great. They are currently running a "Buy a Rescue Dog a Meal for 50p" so, if anyone wants to help, they can by popping into Pets at Home at Fleetsbridge. I think they are a great example of how a big corporate store gets it right with the personal touch.
Big shout to Waitrose in Parkstone who also very kindly raised £340 with how busy we are at Christmas is a huge help and we really do appreciate everyone's support.
Thank you. Every single penny helps and makes a difference. Look out for the other two amazing local companies who have helped us out later on in the week. Please share and cross post as I do believe these companies don't have to help us and it is amazing that they are doing so.
Sometimes kind wonderful companies do lovely kind things and don't ask for any recognition - they just do it to help us and be kind. When I said we would use some money to make a banner the lovely Jean at Opus Print sent us a message and offered to design and make us one which is amazing. They also made us car stickers supporting DDR. We want to say a huge thank-you to you guys as we love it and you designed it also as we have no imagination, http://opusprintgroup.co.uk/
RESERVE NOTE: Dogs will only be held if the prospective adopter has met the dog and the owner of the rescue has agreed to hold the dog for them and the prospective adopter has paid a deposit. Dogs will not normally be kept 'on hold' for more than 48 hours.
DDR is based in Bournemouth and Poole
but we have foster homes all over Dorset and Hampshire.
Puppies must remain in Dorset
but our dogs over 6 months can go further afield.
If anyone can help in any way whether it be fostering,
Transport , bedding or a donation
To help towards these dogs vet's care
it would be massively
appreciated by us
But especially by the dogs.
Welcome to DDR
After many years of working within