Kennel Club Charitable Trust: Making a Difference for Dogs

Keep Up the Good Work K9 Crusaders

After the busiest year in K9 Crusaders’ history, we have awarded the dog welfare charity based in Bissoe, Truro, a much needed grant of £3,000.

The grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has already been put to work and has helped aid rescue dog Amber in her unconventional recovery.

With more than 50 dogs on its waiting list and daily calls requesting the charity’s help, independent charity K9 Crusaders is struggling to cope with the rising numbers of dogs needing rehoming in Cornwall. For three years, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has been able to provide K9 Crusaders with grants to help them continue their much needed work and this year’s donation has already helped Amber, a six year old Dogue de Bordeaux/Neapolitan Mastiff cross, recover from illness and heartbreak.

Amber had been with her owner for just two years, before he had to rehome her due to a change in circumstances. She had already been passed from home to home, but her owner thought he had succeeded in finding a suitable new forever home. However, one morning he found Amber, neglected, shaking, fearful and depressed, tied to his front gate.

Amber was painfully thin, with fur loss and sore patches on her skin, her eyes weeping. Furthermore, Amber’s ear flaps were hugely thickened and swollen, and she couldn’t bear them to be touched. Distraught, shocked, and in desperation, he called K9 Crusaders.

Kate David from the charity told us: “Amber was in a terrible state. We made sure she was immediately seen by a vet where she was diagnosed with an auto immune condition and ‘dry eye’ which, having not previously been seen by a vet, had gone undiagnosed and untreated. It had manifested in her ears, creating irritation and infection. The repeated shaking of her head created huge haematomas in both ear flaps. She would have been in agony. The untreated dry eye had rendered her almost blind. We had no hesitation in taking Amber on, her plight and her depressed state affected all of us, and broke our hearts.”

After months of treatment, Amber’s physical wounds were under control, but she still suffered depression and severe separation anxiety. Desperate to help Amber, Kate contacted a vet qualified in acupuncture. Although apprehensive at first, the results spoke for themselves.

Kate explained: “After only the first appointment, the result was better than we could ever have hoped for. Within four treatments Amber was off the drugs, her system supporting itself. By six treatments her skin and coat were beautifully healthy, and Amber herself, no longer so depressed, was having a second puppyhood – lively, playing, running. She now has the occasional maintenance treatment, but still hasn’t needed steroids or antibiotics and is currently on the lookout for a new home.”

The number of dogs like Amber needing help from K9 Crusaders continues to grow. For the first time ever, the charity has had to close its waiting list as the kennels are full and it is struggling to find new homes and raise enough money to care for all of the dogs needing help.

As an independent charity, K9 Crusaders relies on the generosity of organisations such as the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which has supported the charity for several years, along with its own fundraising events. The £3,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has gone straight towards veterinary fees, which can reach tens of thousands of pounds annually.

The charity still needs help from the public and is currently fundraising to help build a kennel for dogs that need one to one care. If you would like more information on K9 Crusaders, would be interested in rehoming Amber, another dog in need, or are interested in donating to the charity, please visit www.caninecrusaders.co.uk.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8 million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, such as K9 Crusaders in Truro, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.

A new round of grants will be made soon, if you would like more information on how to receive a grant, click here.

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