We are very proud to announce the following charities as our beneficiaries this year:
Students for Animals In Need (SAIN) is a charity run by University of Glasgow veterinary students to provide funding for animals urgently requiring veterinary attention. Through their fundraising efforts they assist people facing financial dilemmas in acquiring the treatment and/or surgery necessary to maintain their animal companion’s health. With many of their cases, they are the last option for people before facing the very difficult decision to say goodbye to their companion. They pride themselves on offering assistance in improving animal health and welfare, and maintaining the incredible bond people have with their pets.
The Trusty Paws Clinic is a service for pets belonging to the homeless people of Glasgow and London. Trusty Paws provides preventative care like vaccinations and health checks, supplies for both animal and human clients, and help with ongoing care for more serious health problems. They also strive to make their monthly clinics a warm and welcoming environment, where folks can have a chat and a nice warm drink while their furry friends get looked after. Under the careful supervision of a veterinary surgeon, fourth year vet students provide care for beloved pets whose owners have fallen on rough times.
Glasgow RDA provides equine therapy to over 400 children and adults with disabilities annually. Their service users have physical and psychological disabilities, often severe - such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, sensory impairments and autism and they are often excluded from mainstream activities thus society as a norm.
Scottish Badgers is an independent Scottish Charity founded in 1999, with encouragement by the Scottish Government, who perceived a need for a non-statutory body to work in this field. We aim to promote the study, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and natural habitat in Scotland. We do this is by surveying and recording the presence of badgers, provide training to our members and professionals in badger ecology, awareness, field skills and the law. Delivering training and knowledge, we help prevent badger persecution and crime, we also provide expert advice to the public and planning, development, transport, forestry and agriculture on all badger matters and provide expert advice to Police Scotland, SSPCA and the courts. We increase public awareness of badgers and the threats they face and initiate and assist with research into badger biology, ecology and behaviour. We are unique as we only operate in Scotland but work closely with Badger Trust, whose activities cover all the other areas of the British Isles.
British Diver Marine Life Rescue is a voluntary network of trained marine mammal medics who respond to call outs from the general public, Coastguard, Police, and SSPCA and are the only marine animal rescue organisation operating across England, Wales and Scotland. Not only are we called upon by the other emergency services, but we also train their staff.
They have a wide range of equipment strategically placed throughout the country to deal with stranding’s of marine animals, oil spills, fishing gear entanglement and in fact any type of marine animal in trouble. This includes equipment trailers, whale and dolphin pontoon sets, and each area has a medic kit with essential supplies.
Although seal rescue has remained a key component of the work of the charity, it has become more involved in the response to stranded cetaceans in the UK. Every year, BDMLR trains over 400 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics and has 20 whale rescue pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK, waiting to help stranded whales and dolphins.
Cats Protection works to rescue and re-home cats and kittens of all ages, to promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow and seek to educate people of all ages about cats and their care. We also trap, neuter and return feral cats to help control the cat population.
The Glasgow Branch rescues and re-homes approximately 250 cats each year. The branch also helps to reunite lost cats, helps neuter over 500 cats & kittens and provides care for over 100 feral cats every year. The branch is self-funding and must raise over £100,000 a year to provide food, shelter and vet care. All donations, legacies and fundraising go directly to caring for the cats & kittens in our care.
The branch is run solely by volunteers and we have a network of enthusiastic people involved in many different roles; fostering and caring for cats, socialising kittens, finding homes, fundraising, trapping & transporting, managing social media etc, all working towards helping foster cats and kittens find a new forever home or improving the lives of feral cats.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity that trains assistance dogs that help deaf people to leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life.
Hearing dogs are highly trained to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds, such as the smoke alarm, alarm clock and even baby monitors. Just as importantly, they also provide love, companionship and emotional support. This can be life-changing, as many of the people who come to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for help have struggled with feelings of isolation and loneliness as a result of their deafness or hearing loss.
It costs around £40,000 to fully train and support a hearing dog for the duration of its life and the charity receives no central government funding, so relies on donations to continue its life-changing work.
Hearing dogs wear burgundy jackets when out in public, which brings a visibility to a largely invisible disability. This can often spark conversation, helping deaf people to reconnect with people.
Dogs are at the heart of what the charity does, but it also provides a range of other personalised services to help anyone experiencing difficulties with their hearing.