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Monday, 22 January 2018

Amazing Result In The Wormer Appeal.....

I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU on behalf of all the SHAK team for really getting behind our wormer appeal. The total as it stands right now exceeds our wildest dreams and smashed the £350 target.

Currently your generosity and support has raised an amazing £1265!!! Not only meaning we can worm our 70 dogs this month but we almost have enough money to worm 70 dogs for an entire year!!!

I am blown away by how much you have supported us on this, and never ever thought we'd reach the £350 target never mind a years worth.

To everyone that has donated thank you so much.

It continues to be manic with me receiving approximately 2-3 requests a day to take in dogs. That was different yesterday when I was asked to help the Caucasian Shepherd that was shot dead by Police in Teeside yesterday. The plea came too late as the geographic difference and weather conditions meant I could never get there in time, even if I was allowed to try and save him.

Today The Sun newspaper somehow tracked me down to do an interview on whether I thought SHAK could have helped him.  I don't think I need to elaborate.....

We are such a small charity, operating well above what we should be, but the team I have assembled will give everything to do all we can. That is why your support on such a simple appeal like this wormer one means the world to us. Thank you so much.

Sky and Bruce enjoying the snow on Friday.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Some News Regarding Our Lilly.....


Some of you may remember Lilly who came here in such a state during the summer. Today we had some good news.....

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2018/Jan/Cramlington-woman-receives-ten-year-animal-ban.aspx

Monday, 8 January 2018

SHAK Boutique News and Facebook Page.....

Welcome to the official SHAK Boutique page! We are so thrilled to announce that due to the enormous success of the pop up festive boutique in December, we will now be operating it as an ongoing venture.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible to help our wonderful dogs at SHAK. The boutique will run at our HQ in Alnwick 2 days per week to begin with (Days still to be announced) and hopefully full time in the future.

All items will be available for posting out if you can’t get to our HQ in Alnwick and the Facebook page will serve as a platform to advertise the wonderful things we have for sale.

Donations are always welcome however, we can only accept brand new or as new clothes, shoes, accessories and brand new cosmetics. If you wish to donate household things we will accept a small amount or if you have anything large we can arrange to list it on eBay!

Please search Facebook for SHAK Boutique and have a browse!

We look forward to working with you all and of course to raising as much as possible to keep SHAK going.
100% of money raised goes to the charity.


2018 Worming Appeal.....

Christmas seems a million miles away now, and as we head into January it's time that we start to make plans for the year ahead.

One thing we always try to keep on top of but at great expense is flea and worming treatments. With always running with about 70 dogs you can imagine how expensive that can be.

We have decided that to start the year we are going to worm every dog in January which will help us begin the quarterly cycle required. However to do this we really need your help.

We are looking to buy a high quality wormer on line and have always used Drontal. From Animed Direct we can purchase one tablet that will treat a dog upto 35kgs for £4.90. Multiply that by 70 and you can see how much it will all cost..... a whopping £343.

So today we launch our worming appeal and have set a target of £350 in case we get any new arrivals. To donate you can send a payment via two different methods:

PayPal to shak@shak.org.uk (Please mark it wormers)

Or a cheque made payable to SHAK (Please write wormers on the back) to SHAK Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HB.

Our dogs health is extremely important to us and regular treatments help us treat them as if they were our own pets. Thank you in advance for your support.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A Piper Comes At Christmas.....

It seems that every year we have a new arrival during the festive break, last year you may remember Red that was tied to church gates on Christmas Day? This year was no exception, as we received the very handsome Piper just after Christmas.

Piper arrived very nervous, and whilst he is probably 'working weight' he is still quite thin. He has quickly built up his trust with us, and is making friends of both the two and four legged variety.

He is such a gentle soul it's difficult to imagine somebody kicking him out although I do wonder due to a couple of scars if he simply falls into the ex worker discarded category.

We are now waiting for the seasonal madness to pass and for people's routines to get back to normal before looking for either a home or rescue space for him.



Monday, 4 December 2017

Santa's Helpers And Thank You.....


I know this is short notice, but Christmas has crept upon us and with a fund raising diary that is chocker this weekend really is the only time we can fit in a couple of Santa's Helpers days.

You may remember last year was the first year we opened the doors to SHAK HQ for people to drop off food, bedding, toys and cash donations,and it was an enormous success.



So this year we have decided to repeat the event but spreading it over two days, this Friday (8th December) from 10am till 2pm and Saturday (9th December) from 10am till 4pm.

This event is a great opportunity for some of our fund raising team to meet the very special people who support our work, but also a great chance for you to pass on your donations personally. Unfortunately due to a really busy diary we are unable to come and collect any much appreciated donations this time of year.

Thank you so much in advance and we hope to see you on wither Friday or Saturday.

I'd also like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the SHAK Boutique event over the last couple of weeks, especially Kerry and Natasha for getting the whole event off the ground and Gordon for being of friendly doggy face in the public domain!

Of course the event wouldn't have been a success without your support and I'm delighted to say with money still coming in we have surpassed all expectations and records! Currently the total stands at around £3,500 which is simply unbelievable. Thank you all so much for helping us raise a mind blowing amount.

I'd also like to say a thank you to the fundraising girls who raised a fantastic amount at Alnwick Christmas Market last weekend, but particularly to my daughter Neve who gave up her Saturday to help. At 11 she has seen so much in the world of rescue and Saturday she helped in a way she could. I'm so proud of her.

It was also great to see some of the dogs we have helped get into loving homes, you will all remember Lilly and I think you'll agree she is looking fantastic. Whilst Fagan is certainly enjoying an extended stay with Sheena and Roger.  Thank you all so much.


Neve in charge of the stall. 

And her reward!
Lilly and her dad.

The legend that is Fagan.
Facebook viewers will need to click on the link to see all the pictures.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

An Afternoon With Ian Lavery MP.....

It was a very proud moment to receive the 2017 Charity Champion Runners Up award this afternoon from MP Ian Lavery.

Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to Team Susie for their brilliant work being recognised as the winners.


Keene Discovers Snow.....

I love these photos of Keene that Rich took yesterday. Sitting so well behaved and then having that little look behind him as if to say "Whats that I'm sitting on?!?" As he discovers snow. Good job he didn't know how much snow was coming today.....



Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dude Becoming A Dude.....

Just a couple of photos to show how little Dude is coming on. He's just finished his last course of treatment for his skin and workers and as you can see his fur is coming back nicely.....




Facebook viewers will need to click on the post to see all the pictures. 

Eden Comes Forward.....

I love this snapshot Amy managed to get of Eden yestereday. Not only has she pinched Ged's bed, but she's sitting at the front..... on her own!


Friday, 24 November 2017

Where Is SHAK Boutique.....

Anyone in Alnwick today or tomorrow and looking for the SHAK Boutique at HQ, just keep an eye out for one of our biggest dogs 😃


Otto Has A Little Holiday.....

We'e had a really wet spell recently and it had a particularly difficult effect on one of our longest serving residents Otto. The damp seemed to really effect his arthritis so I decided to bring him home for a couple of days of respite.

He is such a complicated character, set in his ways and very nervous, but I think he enjoyed his little break.

I am delighted to say as the weather has dried up, or should that be frozen over he is back to his best, and I am now working on a potential foster home for him.

Facebook viewers will need to click the post to see all the photos and video.






Thursday, 23 November 2017

Living With A 3 Legged Epileptic Lurcher.....

One little boy we're really proud of is Haden. Found as a stray with only 3 legs, it wasn' until he came to live with me that his biggest medical issue was discovered..... as well as missing a limb, Haden is epileptic.

He has been with me for a few years now and his illness makes things hard at times, but you can't help but love him.

He has fits in clusters despite being on life long medication, we are currently going through one of those cycles. Tonight he had another fit and once I got him sorted he riddled off to the sitting room to join the others. He decided Sam was his shoulder to lean on tonight.....

Haden (Left) and Sam.




Saturday, 18 November 2017

SHAK Christmas Boutique.....

With Christmas approaching (yes I know I can' believe I'm saying that either!) This week sees the start of the really busy season. Operating out of HQ as a fundraising hub, we are looking to give our dogs the best Christmas yet.

First up is the SHAK Christmas Boutique, a great opportunity to grab a bargain from our range of new and designer party dresses and accessories.

It is also a chance to buy your brand new 2018 SHAK Calendar or the very specially designed range of SHAK Christmas Cards.

Open 10am-5pm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November.....


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pin Up Boys.....

Just a couple of pictures of our pin up boy with one of our older pin up boys.....

Well done Dude and Bruce.....


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

An Amazing Picture Of Two Amazing Dogs.....

I have to share this picture of Eden with Ged that Rich managed to take this afternoon.

This is sensational in so many ways. First up she's sharing a bed which is a first, she's looking very comfortable with her new friend but more importantly..... she's at the FRONT of the kennel!

Eden and I have been through so much together, but even this brought a lump to my throat!


Day 2 For The Newbie And A Load Of New Friends.....

We'e still working on a new name for out newbie, but today he took another huge step and the rest of my dogs for the first time. They were all incredible, and whilst a few manners were taught you could see friendships developing so quickly. Bruce especially kept him right!


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Day One And A New Friend.....

Our new boy has really made an impression since he landed and it' hard to believe he has only been he 24 hours.

This afternoon I decided to put him through a little test as he has been reactive to other dogs whilst on a lead. So step up my hero, big Lennox.....

I'm so proud of them both.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Thank You!....


I just want to say a huge thank you for all the words of support both to me personally and my team in being able to turn this latest boy around.

Thank you too to everyone who has made a donation to help him recover (especially Animal House Rescue!) We really are extremely grateful.

Your faith gives us the faith, thank you so much.

Our New Boy Arrives.....

Whenever I get a call from our good pal Lynn at Animal House Rescue I know it' going to be a sorry state, and the dog I got called about on Saturday certainly fits that bill.

Found emaciated, weighing just 27kg, tied to a tree and riddled with fleas, most of his fur was gone.





Lynn and her team did a wonderful job and a trip to the vets confirmed his skin issues were solely down to a flea infestation. Medication was prescribed a the skin is already beginning to look better.

His backend doesn' look the strongest so x rays were taken and revealed he does have a few spinal issues that are probably degenerative.

However perhaps the biggest upset was watching how he reacted when taken into Lynn's house. The Animal House is a foster based rescue and doesn' have kennels, and Dude (As he is currently named but we may change it) really found it a difficult environment to live in. Hence the phone call.....

Dude arrived north this dinnertime, he has put on 2kgs and already he looks a lot brighter. On a walk those it is clear to see that he hasn't seen a lot and he has a frantic scurry to try and get away from anything he finds strange.

Still he's a loveable boy and seems to enjoy the company of humans which is quite amazing considering what someone has done to him.....










(Facebook viewers will need to click the post to see all the pictures.)

Obviously this amazing boy is still going to need medical treatment and possibly in the future things like hydrotherapy. If you'd like to donate towards his recovery you can via PayPal to shak@shak.org.uk

www.paypal.com

Or by sending a cheque made payable to SHAK to:

SHAK.
Greenwell Road
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1HB

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Tortured Soul On His Way.....

As the photos in the post below were being taken I received a message from one of our trusted rescue partners asking us to help with a dog that is quite simply in horrendous condition.....

Of course I said yes, and we await his arrival tomorrow when I will fill you in fully.....

Thank You Andy Commins.....

We had a really good afternoon with our very good friend Andy Commins on Saturday, as he very kindly gave up his time to produce some brilliant promotional photo's.....





You can see them all on our Facebook page.....

https://www.facebook.com/pg/shakthesanctuary/photos/?tab=album&album_id=505332869833230

Monday, 30 October 2017

This Christmas.....


I've had a lot of people ask recently what the charity needs or would like for Christmas donations, whether it be individually or an organised group donation.  Can I just say straight off that we are extremely grateful for everything your kindness brings us.....

2017 has been perhaps the biggest year yet for the charity, we have grown beyond its wildest expectations.  Going right the way back to January and an incredible donation that lead to the entire kennels being renovated, we then secured some very generous sponsorship that helped us staff our wonderful new premises, and of course just recently we had our first television feature on the BBC's Inside Out.  All of the above has changed the day to day lives of our dogs beyond belief.

They are the big things, but we are equally thankful for the individual things, such as the food and bedding donations you all kindly give. These are the bread and butter of the ongoing running of SHAK and provide our dogs with their meals and somewhere to rest their bodies at night.  Without these we would struggle, once again thank you.

Due to the generous nature of your support over the years we now have very healthy reserves of food and toys, the bedding comes in on a regular basis and at Christmas time we really struggle with where to store everything.....

The nature of our work is very specialised, Ged and Eden have proven that this year, two dogs who have really won the hearts of thousands. To carry out this work you need a very special workforce and I believe that we are fortunate enough to have built a very unique and valued team.  However, to secure the regular care and daily routine we have had to turn to paid staff, as well as volunteers who can then dedicate their skills and attention full time though this all costs money.

We also have rent for the kennels and of course an ever fluctuating vets bill..... All of this too costs money.  On average at any kennels you would expect to pay at least £5 per day to keep a rescue dog safe, that is £35 per week or £140 per month.  We operate with at least 50 dogs in our care at any one time.  50 x £140 per month = £7,000.  You can see why we need your help. 

So to go back to my original point regarding what the charity needs for Christmas I am going to be brutally honest and say money to help keep the whole project going. Whilst I understand that it may not be as appealing as a dog with a new toy or treat, it would mean that they could be kept safe and cared for, for as long as they need us, and remember, they already have those things thanks to your existing kindness!  Donating as little as £5 this Christmas will help keep a dog safe for a day, dogs like Eden and Ged.

If you would like to donate you can do so via a couple of methods:

Sending a cheque made payable tto SHAK to:
SHAK
Greenwell Road,
Alnwick,
Northumberland
NE66 1HB

Or by PayPal to shak@shak.org.uk

Or by catching up with the fundraising team at any of the events that are usually shared on our Facebook page SHAK the sanctuary.

I hope all of the above makes sense and that I have explained things clearly. We need your kindness and generosity as much, if not more than ever, only this year we need it in a slightly different way.

Thank You.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

SHAK On BBC's Inside Out.....

Just for those who missed it, or are outside of the catchment area, here is our appearance on Inside Out last night. A big thank you to Andy for providing and editing this copy!


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Beautiful Words For Lenny.....

On the 24th of August we lost another big part of the SHAK family, it's just taken me this long to find the right time to share the story.

Lenny didn't like me, pretty much from the moment he arrived. However in David and Melissa he found true love, and when they paired him up with George he also found his best friend.

The love between these four was incredible to see, and something that no words could really do justice.

Lenny was found dead a week before him and George were due to go home with Melissa and David. George has made that move still, but Lenny's memory lives on in this poem written by them.....

'Our Friend.'

I don't know where to start,
Or even where to end,
But here it goes with a poem,
About you being our friend.

You came to us in fear,
Not knowing where you are,
Giving us a piercing look,
I assured you we would be here.

I came to your kennel,
An hour after you had arrived,
I took one look upon you,
We are gunna be alright.

A few days had passed,
Then your Mam came back to work,
I had mentioned all about you,
She took one look upon you,
And seen your goofy smile,
Then whispered in your ear,
WE are gunna be alright.

When it came to walk time,
You had another friend,
You walked along paw by paw,
To make sure each were there,
To guide each other through,
The tough times that were not there,
George, your bestest collie friend.

It came to kennel sharing,
With your new best friend,
It surely was a bromance that would never seem to end,
We knew right there and then,
We could see you in our home,
Jumping all around,
A forever home... you had found.

We made some many memories,
For the whole world there to see,
You were truly our best friend,
Which we knew was meant to be,
You were taken two weeks before,
You were mean to be with me.

I cant write anymore,
While you are running free,
But at least you know,
We love you our
        LENNY