CHARITY / Donations & Memberships

West London Petsitter will donate a minimum of £25 to a different animal cause each month; sponsor it or become a paid member. Whilst they all rely heavily on on-going monthly donations, this programme will hopefully raise and spread awareness when a new cause is highlighted each month.

The Charity for the Months of August, September & October is Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

As the intense busyness of the summer holidays consumed all of my spare time, and I neglected to pay attention to the charity section (oops!), I decided to roll three months into one and make a larger donation in aid of the "Let us In" appeal and also sponsoring a puppy! It's impossibly hard to choose which puppy to sponsor, but I just loved "Oakley" at first sight.

Go on! Make a change and donate for an incredibly good cause. You never know if one day you'll be in a position to rely on a hearing dog yourself.
At the very least, cast your eye over the website to check out the other amazing volunteer opportunities such as their " B&B Volunteering" - what an amazing idea and the next best thing to having your own dog. Not to mention, volunteering in the most fun way possible that will actually make a major difference to someone.

The Charity for the Month of July is Dogs for the Disabled

Whilst many people are able to enjoy their full health, no one really thinks what life would be like if they are not able to.
In other words: "disabled".
It really isn't possible to imagine what it would be like, unless you have first hand experience; or have a close friend or family member who is disabled in any way.
I too, never for a moment, thought to envisage what life would be like if I couldn't walk. But in June 2012, my life changed quite drastically & forever. For I was involved in a very unfortunate & serious horse riding accident. An event which completely shattering my left leg into untold fragments.
And it wasn't until I couldn't walk for several months - and didn't know if I'd be able to ever again - that my eyes to the disabled world truly opened up.
I could go on and on, but this is actually a charity I feel strongly about. Not all of us are fortunate to have family & relatives to help care for us when we need that help.

"Dogs for the Disabled is a pioneering charity that trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities, and families with a child with autism.

Through practical tasks our dogs offer freedom and independence, but in addition an assistance dog becomes a reason to go out, giving a new found confidence that opens doors to fresh opportunities including friendships, hobbies, education and even careers. The partnerships we create between people with disabilities and dogs are life-changing".

The Charity for the Month of June is Hope for Romanian Strays
Conditions are always difficult for stray & homeless animals - but in some countries the situation is far more dire and rehoming opportunities far fewer. A close friend of mine is very involved with this charity and I know they work tirelessly to raise fund to plough straight back in the animal care, medical bills, sterilisations & rehoming. Every little helps so much!

Hope for Romanian Strays is a small charity set up and run by volunteers helping the many stray dogs and cats on the streets in Romania. They provide stray dogs with medical care, food and shelter and work to find them foster or adoptive homes globally. The charity is also working with the local community to educate people about the importance of getting dogs and cats spayed to try to reduce the number of unwanted animals ending up on the streets.

The Charity for the Month of May is Animals in Distress Shelter (Manchester)

Krissie Cope volunteers at the Animals in Distress Shelter in Manchester and runs a monthly Facebook photo competition (with several categories per month) where all proceeds go directly to the charity. Entrants have to pay a small fee (this goes to the charity). But in order to ensure that 100% of the income goes to the charity, Krissie relies on outside donations for the prizes. And that's where the sponsors come in...
For the month of May, WLP sponsors the "Best Expression" category. And for the month of July, the sponsorship goes to the "Best Rescue" category.

For more information and to enter, please visit the Facebook Page.
Ps: if anyone would like to donate their time & know-how to help them build a better website, please let me know and I'll put you in touch with Krissie. Unfortunately the website is truly awful and sadly does them no favours. But it's understandable that the donations they get, go to the animals and is not on a bling website!

The Charity for the Month of April is The Cats Protection

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and heir vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs - and they help more than 235,000 cats and kittens every year thanks in no small part to their network of over 260 volunteer-run branches, 29 adoption centres and one homing centre.

What you may not know is how The Cats Protection work in partnership with the Dogs Trust Freedom Project to help the pets of families torn apart by domestic abuse. For many victims, leaving violent relationships or home is made impossible simply because they cannot bear to lose their pets or to put them at risk - and very few local authorities provide facilities for boarding pets and most refuges for those escaping such abuse are unable to accept pets.
The Cats Protection provide a free fostering service taking care of Freedom Project cats until their owners are in a position to reclaim them. Since working in partnership with the Dogs Trust Freedom Project, they have helped 220 cats. The service is currently available to people seeking refuge at emergency hostels in Greater London and Hertfordshire.

If you are a feline friend, please consider donating to them from as little as £2.50 a month.

The Charity for the Month of March is The Dogs Trust
This is what we they do in a nutshell…

- Each year they care for around 16,000 dogs at their nationwide network of 18 Rehoming Centres. No healthy dog is ever destroyed.
- They run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems.
- Their Education Officers give thousands of classroom presentations every year. Free teaching resources are made available to all schools in the UK.
- The FREEDOM Project helps pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life.
- The HOPE Project gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people.
- They advise government on any matters concerning dog ownership.
- They have established a charity in Ireland that runs a rehoming centre in Dublin.
- They assist overseas animal welfare charities by training their staff in best practice.

The Charity for the Month of February is The Cinnamon Trust
Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering. The Trust was founded in 1985 by Mrs Averil Jarvis whose determination and dedication has ensured that the manifest need is fully addressed.
The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem - for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.

A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital - volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.

The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.

The project for the Month of January is Yellow Dog UK

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.

If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandanna or similar on the leash or on the dog, this is a dog which needs some space. Please, do not approach this dog or its people with your dog. They are indicating that their dog cannot be close to other dogs. How close is too close? Only the dog or his people know, so maintain distance and give them time to move out of your way.