Tesco’s friendship with Stokenchurch Dog Rescue (SDR).
As an animal lover, you can imagine my excitement when I was first approached by SDR for support with their raffle. I was pleased to be able to help such a wonderful organisation that is totally self-funded.
I soon found out about the regular fundraising, table top sales, raffles, shop, bazaars and fetes put on by the dedicated staff. Formed in 1963 (wow I wasn’t even born then) a small group of friends looked to save the lives of abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs from High Wycombe and the surrounding area. They have gone on to re-home hundreds of dogs with a non-destruct policy and with the belief that there is a forever home for every dog that passes through their door.
All arrivals are assessed for health and behavioural issues with training programmes set up for those needing extra help. SDR is visited by a qualified vet weekly to give a full health check to new arrivals, continuing with vaccinations, worm/flea treatment, micro chipping and where possible neutering before each dog is re-homed, ideally within a 50 mile radius of the kennels which enables a pre-home check to be completed.
Tesco’s involvement soon grew beyond just donations (the most fitting one being a giant toy dog) to my No.1 volunteer Steve and myself pledging to man a stall at the Gala fun dog show/fete each year and also helping to set up and pack away making for a very long day; longer than the shift we would usually work at Tesco. It’s very tiring but worthwhile, and we have worked through rain, shine and wind so strong we’ve had to hold on to the gazebo.
So far we have manned the bric a brac, books/dvd and the adopt a puppy in a basket stalls, whilst meeting some wonderful stall holders, staff at the rescue centre and even seeing regular Tesco customers. We have been made to feel really welcome and looked after, we’ve had a great time and had lots of fun.
On our first outing we were amazed to find a ‘Tesco teapot’ which we purchased and presented to our then boss for his office telling him it was an antique; I’m never really sure if he actually believed us but it had pride of place in his office until he moved stores.
Here’s hoping the show can go ahead this year; you never know, Steve and I may find another Tesco antique.
If you would like to support SDR in any way details can be found on the website www.stokenchurchdogrescue.co.uk. There is also a Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter StokenchurchDogRescue @StokenchurchDR
SDR would love to hear from you.
Loudwaters’ Tesco Claire.