Community Fund – the latest recipients

In August 2020, we pledged to donate £25,000 to charities over the year ahead. We saw the impact Covid-19 was having on our local communities and charities, and decided to do something about it. And so the Community Fund was  established with one goal in mind: to improve the lives of dogs and the humans that care for them.

After a successful first round in October, the Community Fund is back – and it’s time to announce this round’s well-deserved recipients.

Assistance Dogs – a Northern Irish superstar

When Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland reached out to us, their application really resonated with the Community Fund committee. They have dogs – such as yellow labrador, Lexi, who work in hospitals providing support for individuals and their families while they are there. Their ask was very specific – funding to train a new support dog to work with a family whose child had been struggling with an eating disorder and who had visibly benefited from a relationship with Lexi while in hospital. 

We’re awarded the charity a £6,000 grant from the Community Fund to  train and sponsor a brand-new therapy dog.

Three-month-old black labrador Maisie has  just started her journey to becoming a therapy dog – she’ll have a direct impact on the wellbeing of her family and others beyond that in her local area, and we’re really excited to see her grow! 

Give a Dog a Bone – and an animal a home!

Our second recipient is the incredible Give a Dog a Bone. Based in Scotland, this charity’s mission is to match dogs in need of homes with older people in need of a companion, where the financial burden has meant they’ve not previously been able to adopt. The charity helps out with the cost of dog ownership, meaning these dogs are given loving homes with people who will cherish them. A win-win!

When the Community Fund committee read through their application, the decision to award this brilliant charity a grant was unanimous. We’re really pleased to be awarding them £4,000 which will mean GADAB can continue rehoming and supporting dogs throughout Scotland.

What’s next?

The Community Fund is now closed – but round three will be coming soon! We’re really proud to have given £19,500 to the passionate people, organisations and dog lovers across the UK where it can have the biggest possible impact on improving the lives of dogs and their owners. 

If you know of a local charity or community that deserves a grant, keep an eye on our Community Fund page for more details on when we next open up for applications.

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