Who has been re-homed recently?
Earlier in January, Alice, Lillibet, Tilly, Parker and Mary arrived to join little Alexandra with the pink collar on. All the doggies have now moved on to their forever homes which is just fabulous. We’re so looking forward to seeing updates of these beautiful dogs enjoying their new lives with their forever families.
Next dogs arriving at Woodfield Dog Rescue
In early March we will be welcoming 5 beautiful souls to our little kennel from Boldesti Public Shelter. Their stories are below. If you would like more information on a particular dog with a view to adoption, please email email@example.com or call Janet on 07899991967.
We are incredibly proud of our past and ongoing contributions to the improved welfare of so many dogs.
This would not be possible without some amazing people. These people have either taken part in their own fundraisers or contributed to our appeals.
The fundraiser that started the whole Woodfield Dog Rescue journey was Bella’s sponsored slim back in 2017. Bella is Janet’s spaniel, who shed the pounds to fund a spay clinic at Boldesti. Janet went out to Romania to assist with the clinic, and this visit resulted in the WDR kennels being built and the first lucky dogs being chosen!
In August 2017, Janet climbed the O2 with a group of like-minded ladies and met Mădălina for the first time.
Also in August 2017, Janet and a small group of passionate women set up the For the Love Of Dogs Auctions Facebook page, to raise much needed funds for the doggies. These auctions were massively successful and contributed to preparation costs, transport costs and also to the kennel build fund.
When Woodfield Dog Rescue was born in November 2017, and the first dogs were adopted, Janet used the adoption fees to help other dogs at Boldesti. She also was able to fill the transport van that brought the dogs over with food and bedding to send back to Romania. This was made possible with the support of Posh Paws in Harrogate and some extremely generous friends, although a large proportion of the food was bought personally by Janet and Andrew.
Each time dogs arrived, the van was filled up with food and each time, the adoption fee was sent on to Mădălina to care for the dogs remaining in Boldesti.
Coffee mornings and selling personal items helped Janet to raise more funds to help Mădălina and Dennis care for the dogs.
In March 2018, the Woodfield Dog Rescue Facebook page was created, giving us a platform to boost the public knowledge of WDR, promote the dogs for adoption and hopefully increase support.
Also in March, some supporter friends ran a raffle to raise funds for a spay campaign in honour of Janet’s birthday, the funds for which The Woodfield Foundation matched, meaning £1120, enough for 53 spays, was raised! This total was added to with another raffle run from the auction page by Nat, which raised a further £100 in just a few hours.
Along with various other smaller fundraisers, the FLODA auction and The WoodfieldFoundation teamed up again to raise over £1500 for the kennel build fund.
In June 2018, The Woodfield Foundation became accepted by https://smile.amazon.co.uk which is a fantastic way to raise funds for our charity at no cost to yourself. On Friday we received the fabulous news that as a result of activity between 1st October 2018 and 31st December 2018, Amazon has donated £160.99 to our charity! This money has been put to one side to be used where it is most needed when the next list of dogs in danger is released.
Also in June, with the help of some very generous people donating food, treatments and money, we were able to send back around 600 kilos of food to Boldesti on the transport van.
July 2018 saw Janet visiting Boldesti again. She shared her time there with us via the Facebook page and so many wonderful people wanted to help out. Whilst there, Janet was able to buy puppy food locally as well as distemper treatments.
The wonderful adopters of our lovely Max got married in July 2018 and asked their guests instead of wedding presents, for donations they could send on to our charity. They and their lovely guests contributed to many dogs being saved from the kill list by paying their preparation costs so they could leave the public shelter for new lives.
Also in July 2018, one of our fabulous supporters held a coffee morning and raised a brilliant £158 for the Boldesti dogs!
Early August saw another van load of food heading back to Boldesti and a generosity that brought a lump to our throats. Janet and Andrew personally funded the building of the clinic at Boldesti however we signed the charity up with Virgin Giving https://uk.virginmoneygiving.
August also saw the launch of our first piece of Woodfield branded merchandise – tote bags! Designed by Buttercrumble and spearheaded by Izzy, these bags are a great, eco friendly way to promote our tiny charity.
AND our amazing Emily, who not only looks after Janet’s horses and helps with the shelter dogs but is also one of our special adopters, THREW HERSELF OUT OF A PLANE!!! She raised over £2500 which is just incredible.
September 2018 saw one supporter completing a run, and another cycling 300 miles to raise funds via The Woodfield Foundation for the Boldesti dogs. We auctioned off some tickets to see Joanna Lumley, and the first “knitted animals” fundraiser launched. We joined forces with Mădălina’s “Happy Tails” group as well as various other people to increase support and awareness of spay/neuter and raised enough between us to fund yet another spay campaign.
October 2018 brought a visit from a fellow Soi Dog mum and huge Woodfieldsupport, Kate, who had designed, drawn and had printed some stunning notecards for us to sell to raise funds: https://woodfielddogrescue.
We launched our bracelets https://woodfielddogrescue.
And our exclusive hoodies https://woodfielddogrescue.
Janet visited Boldesti again in October 2018 along with Estelle and Lisa. Their trip was a tough one, with lots of sickness and loss, however also lots of hope. Janet was able to see first-hand the clinic finished and operational, and the further welfare improvements in the shelter. Through sharing their experiences and the plight of the dogs they saw whilst there, the team raised a staggering £3198 which was spent on food, Salvacan (distemper medication), Canglob (parvovirus medicatons), spay/neuter and preparations costs.
In November 2018 we hosted our first event, our Autumn Social at The Kitchen in Harrogate. This was a brilliant evening where we met some of our local supporters, ate some yummy food and had an amazing surprise guest – Mădălina!! We also raised over £1500 which was just phenomenal.
This event also saw the launch of our collaboration with Sahara Candles to bring a range of organic scented candles https://woodfielddogrescue.
It was also Woodfield Dog Rescue’s first birthday on 12th November 2018 so we put together a little surprise for Janet. We made her two great videos showing how much has been achieved in that one year, as well as a scrapbook with pictures of all the dogs Woodfield and Janet have saved – including the ones nobody ever sees because they’ve been funded and gone elsewhere – and cards and messages from so so many people. Nat also spent the previous 4 weekends driving around Yorkshire collecting donations from super generous people and along with a long-time friend and supporter, delivered them to Woodfield on the 12th, needing two 4×4’s there was so much!! With a bit of deviousness from Michaela at Posh Paws, we were also able, with money from secret fundraising, to deliver the food order Janet had placed to go back on the transport van and tell her that it was all paid for.
We featured in the Stray FM news bulletins and on their website https://www.strayfm.com/news/
and social media, as well as appearing in the Harrogate Advertiser https://www.
November 2018 was the launch of our superb Woodfield Dog Rescue calendars https://woodfielddogrescue.
We fundraised for a beautiful, very sick little girl who through a competition was named Phyllis. Sadly, she didn’t make it and all our hearts broke.
Caine and Lance from the utterly wondrous Caine of Harrogate http://www.caineofharrogate.
And Alison, The Cake Lady Harrogate https://www.
Nat held two Facebook live pop up shops at her home which raised £494.97 on the Friday and £586.05 on the Saturday, bringing the total raised to £1081.02. This was sent to Mădălina for medication costs etc.
In December 2018, Jean held a “Doggy Christmas Fancy Dress Competition”, with some great merchandise as prizes, and Nat and Janet attended the Animal ArkAid Christmas Dog Party where we raised £200.
Rachel held a 24 hour auction for a beautiful hand knitted doll which sold for £25. Helen hosted a cake sale at work at Yorkshire Bank Harrogate which raised £176.
Lucy, who adopted beautiful Caitlin, was busy in the kitchen making and selling yummy chutney which did so well that we were able to use the funds raise to contribute to preparation costs of kill list dogs.
To end the year, Alice and Lillibet – two of our gorgeous foster doggies – embarked on a sponsored slim to raise funds for the friends they had to leave behind at Boldesti.
January 2019 saw our “New Year, New You” campaign, inspired by Alice and Lillibet’s (enforced!) sponsored slim. Supporters quickly got on board and before we knew it people were sponsoring themselves and friends for eating healthily, giving up alcohol, doing more exercise, losing weight, and fining themselves for naughty indulgences.
We also joined EasyFundraising https://www.easyfundraising.
Let me be your valentine February appeal
We have had previous appeals to raise funds for medical supplies for distemper and Parvo. However, this is only part of the story at the Boldesti Public Shelter as many dogs require other different veterinary treatments, many surgeries to injuries they have received before coming into the shelter. Other dogs often need treatment with antibiotics, vitamins and other medications for all manner of reasons. The dogs being brought into the shelter by the dogcatchers have been on the streets and are often in a very vulnerable condition. Either way all lead to continuous large vet bills.
This month we thought as a group we could aim to achieve a sum to send to Mădălina to use towards those bills in whatever way is most needed.
This thought came about because of two very special dogs who will very soon be travelling and leaving the shelter for their new life ahead.
However, last October the situation was very different. I will never forget the day Mădălina talked, heartbroken about the horrors that happened to the poor puppies Milo and Noir. The cruelty these puppies had endured just left those she told, cold and Mădălina in pieces.
These two puppies were brought in by the dogcatcher with terrible terrible life threatening injuries that would need extensive medical care to enable them to survive and even with the very best that future wasn’t certain for quite sometime.
Milo had been very severely kicked and had a hernia that would require surgery. One of his eyes was terribly injured, again needing numerous operations to save his eye, Mădălina doesn’t know what happened to his eye but it was so terribly infected the eyelid so swollen and was starting to decompose.
And little Noir, even now knowing he is well, it makes me feel physically sick to know what happened to him and Milo. He was brought in in a pool of blood, he’d been stabbed in the chest and had his skin badly cut and the rib cage was also cut into with a huge wound of 12 to 14 cm, they had cut his tail off and he was burned on the back of his hips and back of his legs. It was all just heartbreaking.
If Mădălina wasn’t at the shelter as a volunteer they would have had no hope, they would have died, their last human contact been extreme cruelty.
Mădălina thankfully was there and made sure they received the best possible in veterinary care at the amazing private clinic she uses and bit by bit they have recovered.
The true miracle being not only they survived but that both these boys are still gentle, loving and seek human contact for that love. Who could blame them if they didn’t but they do – they simply just want to be loved
So in this the month of love, we as a charity are determined to create a fund with the help of our amazing supporters to send to Mădălina so her amazing work can continue. A fund she can use wherever the need is greatest. A symbol of our love for her and the incredible never-ending love she shows the dogs at Boldesti Public Shelter.
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Account name: The Woodfield Foundation – charity number 1140114
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