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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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Stray Aid, Limited by Guarantee

Why is Stray Aid a company limited by guarantee? Companies limited by guarantee are widely used for charities, community projects, clubs, societies and other similar not-for-profit bodies - that is, they do not distribute their profits to their members, but retain them within the company or use them for a charitable purpose.

The reason for the charity to be a company limited by guarantee is to protect the people running the company from personal liability from the company's debts, and also other bodies such as local authorities will insist on an organisation being so registered to trade with it.

If a charity is not registered as a limited company, the people running it can be made personally liable for unpaid debts, which could be substantial if the charity owns property, employs people, runs vehicles and has equipment and finance contracts. If, due to unforseen circumstances, a sudden withdrawal of financial support leads to a shortfall, the people running the company will only become personally liable for the company's debts if they are guilty of some wrong-doing, such as wrongful or fraudulent trading. 

A company limited by guarantee is much like an ordinary private company in that it must have at least 1 director. Stray Aid has a board of directors whose powers come from the company's articles and when the directors act collectively when they sit as a board, they can pass resolutions for the management of the company, set up sub-committees, delegate powers and may give particular responsibilities to individual directors. Some directors may be appointed by outside bodies, or be elected from within the charity itself.

In a company limited by guarantee, there are no shareholders but the company must have at least 1 member who is entitled to attend general meetings and vote. A company limited by guarantee cannot have share capital but it can borrow money and may issue debentures. As there are no shareholders it is not possible to own a company limited by guarantee in the way that a company with a share capital is owned by its shareholders, however the members control it in the same way shareholders control a share company, but they do not have shares or other securities in the company that they can sell to another.

A list of Stray Aid's current directors and members can be seen in "Who's Who".

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