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12 Dogs of Christmas Update

So our intrepid volunteers have completed their task! Hannah Critchlow has slept, with her Stray Aid rescue dog Jasp...More

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Free Microchipping at Stray Aid

For dogs over 6 months of age that are resident in Durham, Hartlepool or Middlesbrough, they can be microchipped free of charge at the rescue centre. Please ring 0300 9994247 for details

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Pets at Home Middlesbrough

Our volunteers will be at Pets at Home, Middlesbrough between 10-3 on Saturday 5th November. Please pop along and say hello, and learn a bit more about our charity

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Awareness Day at Sedgefield Farmers Market

Our volunteers will be at the Sedgefield Farmers Market on Sunday 6th November between 8am and 12.30. Such an early start shows true dedication! Please come along and speak to our volunteers about ...

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90s night at the Tythe Barn Club, Durham

The Tythe Barn Club in Durham are holding another Charity Night for Stray Aid, on Friday 11th November between 7.15-11pm. Live Vocalist Robbie Raines will be performing, should be a great night. On...

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Charity Auction Night at the Black Horse, Tudhoe

Our volunteers will be holding a Charity Auction Night at the Black Horse, Tudhoe from 7pm on 13th November. These nights are great fun, the prizes are excellent and they raise much-needed funds fo...

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Rock-a-Holics at Park Drive Cricket Club, Hartlepool

The wonderful Rock-a-Holics are performing at the Park Drive Cricket Club, Hartlepool TS26 0DA from 7.30pm on Saturday 26th November to raise funds for Stray Aid. They provide music to suit every t...

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Charity Information

In 2015, Stray Aid successfully re-tendered for a new Durham council contract, covering the whole of the Durham Unitary Authority area. Towards the end of the year, the charity was successful in adding Middlesbrough council to its existing Hartlepool council contract. We expect to see an increase in the numbers of dogs requiring assistance in the year 2015-16. 

It costs approximately £1,000 per week to run the Animal Welfare Centre. We have a vet available 7 days a week to provide on-site veterinary treatment for ill and injured strays. We have seen a significant increase in the numbers of seriously underweight, malnourished dogs this year, requiring specialist nutrition and a prolonged recovery period in our Animal Welfare Kennels before they are passed as fit to rehome. In addition the numbers of lurchers with mange, a painful skin condition, common in working dogs, caused by mites burrowing into the skin, has increased by approximately 30%. The numbers of elderly dogs requiring veterinary treatment, lump removals and expensive dental work has increased by nearly 25%. 

We have also noticed a distressing trend in an increase in the number of dogs with more serious veterinary conditions, turning up as strays, and we believe that this may be partly due to the fact that their owners may be unable to fund expensive veterinary treatment for their pets, and are putting them out on the street as an alternative to getting them treated, or even euthanased. 

We are looking to network with many other agencies. Dogs Trust have been supporting us with neutering vouchers and microchips which help towards our costs. We also run our own veterinary ambulance and transferred over 150 dogs to other rescue centres across the country last year alone, to ensure that we maintain a credible non-destruct policy. We will probably have to transfer even more dogs this year to other rescues, to help in finding good homes for all the dogs we save. 

An additional burden has recently been placed on the charity due to changes brought about in legislation where the RSPCA no longer treats stray dogs found injured in road traffic accidents, and these unfortunate animals are now making up an increasing percentage of the welfare centre’s work load.

 

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