Chairmans Letter Spring/Summer 2017

Posted on, May 3, 2017

Dear Friends

Thank you for all the support in terms of fundraising, fostering and adopting since our last On Point.

I have been so impressed with all the work that Friends, Committee Members and Trustees have undertaken on behalf of our wonderful breed over the last few months and the number of dogs we have been able to help. Since our summer newsletter we have placed twenty or so dogs in foster or permanent forever homes; given support to a number of UK based charities and three foreign charities in their support of English Pointers.

We have also invested in acquiring kennels and creating Pointer Rescue Service kennels on two sites and in collaboration with another Charity will be having further permanent facilities at their new base. This is an intermediate measure while we search for a permanent base, but equips us with new Kennel space as we try to reduce the pressure on Woolmers and Dot in Bristol.

I am really looking forward to two events that are upcoming; Crufts where we will have our big raffle draw, as well as being able to catch up with people, with the Greek Holiday as first prize and PointerFest in July. I have been contacting as many adopters as possible to highlight both events and am confident a lot of us interested in caring for Pointers will be able to get together. I know the PointerFest people are hoping to make it even bigger and better than last year.

I think of all those we need to say thank you to are Gina Williams, Leila Goss, Alison Keswick and Carol Goodliffe, who all work so hard to raise funds, place dogs, support fosterers and adopters our charity couldn’t help the number of dogs we do. The first few months of the year have seen more dogs being turned over to the charity; the post-Christmas bump has been large this year as has been our need to support a number of owners who have taken on dogs with chronic conditions.

Last year was a fantastic year for fundraising, congratulations to all those involved and an expensive year in terms of costs. It has been brilliant to see the charity move to the next stage in the development plan, moving towards a permanent UK base where all pointers who need help can get it.

We are always looking for ways to raise funds and are thinking of putting together a book called “Adopters’ Tails” (Copyright PRS2017) which would be individual adopters’ stories of taking one of our rescue dogs into their lives and homes; revealing the whole experience, good, bad, tremendous and tragic.  We’re looking for approximately fifty stories of between 2000 to 5000 words to create a whole book – with some pictures of course. So all you budding authors pick up your pens or laptops and get to it.

Wishing everyone good health and happiness to owners and dogs

Richard May