Waggy-Tails Rescue receives much-needed cash boost

A CHARITY which helps needy and unwanted dogs is the latest good cause to benefit from the joint Transdev Yellow Buses/Echo Carbon Stoppers campaign.

Waggy Tails Rescue was awarded a £250 cheque for its work which includes rehoming and caring for unwanted dogs.

The charity plans to put the cash into the fund for its new centre which will be used to care for dogs that need medical attention and also house dogs waiting to go to new homes.

Waggy Tails depends entirely on the public’s generosity. It has raised around £200,000 towards the new centre but still needs to find another £600,000. The charity pays for all veterinary treatment for the dogs in its care, which works out at about £5,000 a month.

Cindy Mann, Waggy Tails Rescue’s Head of Fundraising, joined former rescue dogs Gemma, Willow and Pippin to accept the cheque from TYB’s Sally Spicer and Fiona Pendelbury of the Echo.

She said: “We are having such a hard time because of the credit crunch and people losing their homes.

“We used to get about three requests a week to take dogs and now its four requests each day. We also liaise with a charity in Wales that takes dogs from puppy farms.

“We’re very grateful for this donation which will go into our property fund.”
Carbon Stoppers was launched in September 2008 with three main aims:

* Reduce congestion
* Improve the environment
* Benefit the people of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Each week TYB holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.

TYB has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week to the fund which is available to schools, community groups and good causes in its coverage area.

Carbon Stoppers is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the UK bus industry. It is heavily promoted on TYB’s buses, used by more than 13m passengers per annum, and its website.

TYB has guaranteed its involvement in the project until at least the end of this year. To date, a total of £1,600 has been raised for good causes

Picture caption: Cash boost: Cindy Mann of Waggy Tails Rescue (centre) receives the latest Carbon Stoppers cheque from TYB’s Sally Spicer (left) and Fiona Pendlebury of the Echo.