South Coast Staffie Rescue
This isn't a particularly nice thing to have to write.
We are unfortunately going to have to close our doors. We are not sure at this stage whether it is temporary or permanent.
The fact is that we just can't afford the ongoing costs we encounter every month and we have very little money coming in that we can depend on every month.
Our outgoings are roughly £1500 a month but can vary up to £2500 a month.
We have 5 regular payments made to us on a monthly basis which totals £43! You don't need to be a mathematician to work out that there is a huge deficit every month that we have to chase. We don't owe money and we are not in debt, we have made sure of that, but we just can't keep going as we are, so have no other option but to stop.
If we had regular dependable 'income' in the form of fundraisers or donations, it wouldn't be as bad but the fact is, we don't and £43 doesn't stretch very far, although we are most certainly not being ungrateful at all as it all helps.
We get a massive support from the public when we do an emergency appeal and we can't thank you enough for all your help, but the sad fact is, we need that sort of money every month!
We have 3 dogs in kennels at the moment who have ongoing costs attached to them, so we will be fundraising to help them. These three dogs will obviously be our priority, as will making sure the dogs who have been rehomed, always have our support and backing but other than that, at this stage, we can't do any more than that.
Thank you for looking at the South Coast Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue website.
We are a small dedicated voluntary team, run by dedicated Staffie owners and lovers. We also have many home checkers and assessors who always work voluntarily.
We are based in Sussex and use boarding kennels about 15 miles outside of Brighton. We cover the whole of the south coast including Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and sometimes further afield. We only take on pure staffies (try to anyway however this doesnt always happen!) and reserve the right to refuse any dogs, but will always try to advise of other organisations who may be able to help.
We are not associated with any other rescue and have a non-destruct policy.
HOW WE WORK
We get dogs in from all sorts of backgrounds whether they are strays or come in as a result of cruelty cases or relationship breakdowns etc. Many of these dogs either need emergency vet treatment, socialisation or training. This can either be due to neglect or simply because people haven't bothered!
All dogs we take in, go into kennels in the first instance. We then assess all of our dogs and temperament test. Where possible, we then place the dogs into foster care to enable us to see how the dogs react in a home environment. If we know all the dogs' characters and traits prior to rehoming, it helps us to place the right dogs into the right homes, based on children, work commitments and other pets etc. This is to make sure they have the best future possible and less chance of being returned.
Once a dog has been signed over to the rescue, he/she remains our 'property' for the rest of his/her life. We simply adopt them to new homes but they still remain ours. We do not buy or sell dogs. There is an adoption form that needs to be completed upon rehoming and rules and regulations that need to be adhered to. If you would like a copy of the adoption rules, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We will always home check and vet check (where possible) each potential new home. We offer life time support and will give advice to the best of our knowledge.
We ask for a £150 rehoming fee for our dogs. We charge this amount due to the fact that:
We get all our dogs are neutered prior to rehoming (excluding puppies). This costs us £110 (males) and £130 (bitches)
We provide each dog with flea treatment & wormer which costs £10
Each dog costs £59 per week in kennels.
All dogs are also microchipped which costs us £15 (chip details will always stay in the rescue's name.)
Based on these figures, if we have a male dog in kennels for 4 weeks, after being neutered, wormed, de-flea'd and vaccinated, he will have cost us £421!
We rely totally on donations so please dont question the fees.
We are just a group of dog lovers who work, have families and our own dogs too and are trying our best to help solve the ongoing and growing problem, so please respect this. We cant work miracles - but we do try!