Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Struggling Staffie rescue charity issues plea for staff.

A fledgling dog rescue charity in Bridgnorth struggling to cope with up to 70 reports of abandoned Staffordshire bull terriers each week has issued a desperate plea for help.

Happy Staffie Rescue in Bridgnorth is in urgent need of volunteers to act as foster parents to rescued Staffies.

People are also needed to help staff the charity’s shop in Cartway.

Mark Hannaford was one of the founders of Happy Staffie Rescue which opened its first shop in Kidderminster three years ago.

Another followed in Stourbridge and the Bridgnorth shop was opened last September.

The charity pays to board some of the strays it rescues at Broadmarsh Kennels, Hagley, Stourbridge, and relies on foster parents to take in others.

Mr Hannaford said: “I founded the organisation because I realised how serious a problem abandoned Staffies had become.

“I had worked for other welfare organisations before and could see the problem building up.

“We used to run a scheme whereby we would neuter Staffies free of charge for people on benefits but we’ve had to suspend that four weeks ago because our costs were spiralling up and we had a big waiting list.

“We currently have five dogs at Broadmarsh, another 15 waiting to come in to us and we easily get 50 to 70 calls each week about other abandoned or unwanted Staffies.”

Mr Hannaford has also appealed for donations of cash, clothes or other items.

Foster carer application forms are available from the charity’s shops in Bridgnorth and at Worcester House, 54 Worcester St, Kidderminster, and 7 Market St, Stourbridge. Or call the Bridgnorth shop on 0845 6210803.

Details are also available at www.happystaffiesres cue.org.uk.

Animal welfare workers in Shropshire earlier this year issued a desperate plea to owners of Staffordshire bull terriers not to breed them to make a money on the side as dog rescue centres in the county are being swamped.

Simon Hardy