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Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home’ is a small, unique and award-winning charity that helps the over 60’s to afford a rescue pet companion – tackling loneliness in our ageing years and the rising number of animals experiencing homelessness.
The charity was founded by Louise Russell in November 2013.
Since then the charity has helped more than 400 animals – and their owners – find a brighter future, together.
Louise’s work has not gone unnoticed. In 2015, she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award and in October 2016, she won the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s ‘Community Award’ for her work bringing rescue animals and the over 60s together!
Celebrating Communities Award in The Scottish Charity Awards Winner at the ceremony which took place on Friday 14th June at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
No.1 Amazing Women Awards Winner in the ‘Amazing Contribution to Community‘ category award ceremony which took place on 7th March at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.
Louise was selected as a finalist, from thousands of nominations, in the Pet Plan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards.
As we enter into our 7th financial year, we have big plans around the charity, it’s growth and how we can reach more people, and rescue animals, who need our help!!
The story so far…
Recent statistics published by Age UK highlight a concern that older people can regularly go up to one month without speaking to anyone.
As so many elderly individuals live alone, a pet can be an important source of company and affection. They also provide routine, encourage exercise and can give someone a sense of purpose.
Did You Know?
5 million people aged 65+ live alone in the UK.
(Almost 36% of all people aged 65+)
Source: age UK, Jan 2016
102,363 dogs were handled by UK Council Shelters in one year.
(1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015)
1 dog every 2 hours was put to sleep by UK Local Authorities during this time.
Source: Stray Dog Survey for Dogs Trust.
So, how do we help?
If finances are a barrier to adopting a pet companion, we can:
- Pay the re-homing fee of a rescue dog.
- Continue to support on a monthly basis, by paying for associated pet food costs.
We also support those in the same age group who already have a pet companion but are now struggling to afford them, by providing them with similar financial assistance.
We are constantly helping to support shelters by linking them up with prospective new owners and homes for their animals.
Additionally, we have three community spaces across Scotland where we tackle loneliness and isolation for older adults by providing a safe space for retired people to make new friends, learn new skills and mix with dogs.
“Chico truly is a wee gem – he’s doing me so much good! Can’t tell you how he has lifted my mood. My energy and I’m just smiling lots more!
I don’t feel the house so quiet or lonely…”
Josephine, 65-year-old lady helped by Give A Dog A Bone.
“Each time we commit to supporting an animal with the cost of pet food each month, we commit to thousands of pounds per animal over their life time.”
Louise Russell, Charity Founder.
“Number 10 Honors Mum Who Bridges Loneliness Gap”
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“The companionship a dog gives can make an invaluable difference to an older person’s life. With Give a Dog a Bone, Louise is helping both people and animals find the love and companionship they need. She has already brightened the lives of dozens of people by finding and helping them to care for a rescue dog they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to take in, and to those people she truly is a Point of Light.”
Dogs Monthly Magazine