Beagle Welfare was formed in 1979 to give help and advice on Beagles and to re-home those whose owners, for whatever reason, are unable keep them. In 2016 the charity found homes for more than 300 of these delightful, but sometimes difficult, little hounds and the number of Beagles still waiting for homes always exceeds the number of homes we have waiting.
As well as our national rehoming centre in the Midlands we have a small but wonderful army of volunteers who looks after dogs for us until homes can be found for them and scarcely a day goes by without yet another owner asking Beagle Welfare to find a new home for their pet. We always take great care in matching the Beagle to the family and potential owners are visited by our volunteers to make sure they are right for the breed. Equally, wherever possible, we do our utmost to ensure we know all the facts, good and bad, about each hound before placing it with a new family.
The main aims of Beagle Welfare are:
- The prevention of maltreatment and cruelty to Beagles and to encourage responsible ownership of Beagles throughout Great Britain.
- To rehome Beagles whose owners are unable to do so.
- To provide advice and guidance to Beagle owners.
- To encourage responsible breeding practices in the breeding of Beagles throughout Great Britain.
Donations to help finance the work of Beagle Welfare are very welcome when a hound is given up or adopted. However, we would never turn away a Beagle in need just because the owner could not contribute towards our costs. Our generous supporters and their fundraising efforts make up any shortfall in meeting the costs of any individual case.
We hope to prevent rescue problems by making prospective owners fully aware of their responsibilities as dog owners, and the particular needs of Beagles as pets. We would rather put someone off having a Beagle in the first place than have to pick up the pieces a year or two later. On the other hand, potentially good homes can be encouraged to learn more about the breed so that they can enjoy life with their Beagle to the full.
Elsewhere on the website is a lot of information about Beagles, to assist any prospective Beagle owners in making their decision, and to help existing Beagle owners with any questions they may have. We have also created a booklet, Beagles as Pets, which you are free to request a copy of (please email info@Beaglewelfare.org.uk).
Beagle Welfare was founded in 1979, the result of an initiative by the committee of the Beagle Association. At the time, people in many breeds were becoming concerned about the problem of pedigree dogs flooding general rescue organisations.
It seemed only responsible for breed clubs to take the lead in ‘putting their own house in order’ and, in any case, who better to deal with pedigree dogs than those who spend all their lives with them?
Very soon, Beagle Welfare developed as an autonomous organisation, although it has always maintained close and friendly relations with all the Beagle breed clubs. By 1990 it had an established network of more than twenty regional officers and was handling a budget of several thousand pounds a year. Accountability to the breed clubs has always been important to the active officers of Beagle Welfare and an annual report with audited accounts has been presented every year since its inception.
The Charity was Formed
It was felt that charitable status would be an advantage, both for Beagle Welfare itself, and as a safeguard for the people who generously give money to the organisation, and so in 1990 a successful application was made to the Charity Commissioners.
Occasionally Beagle Welfare has been called upon to handle more dramatic cases:
- The ‘Scottish Puppies’ – intended for laboratory use but saved when their money-minded owner died – 28 poor little waifs who turned up five days before Christmas.
- Various batches of Welsh ex-puppy farm rejects, often requiring extensive veterinary treatment.
- And most spectacular of all, the ‘Perrycroft’ Beagles, when Beagle Welfare worked closely with the RSPCA around the country after advising the Headquarters’ team which directed the operation.
One of the high points in Beagle Welfare’s 30+ year history came in 1994 when it was awarded the Pet Plan / Dog World prize for Best Breed Rescue. The Trustees attended a lavish celebration in London – with a Welfare Beagle to represent the real heroes of the scheme – and received a large cheque for the funds and a magnificent crystal trophy.
This award was a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all the people who had contributed to the growth of the scheme since 1979.
National Rehoming Centre
In 2011 we opened our National Rehoming Centre at Newborough, near Burton Upon Trent, and took on our first part-time employee, Clare Clark, as Rehoming Manager.
The Centre now has three paid staff – Clare Clark, the centre’s Rehoming Manager, and her assistants, Emily Turnbull and Andrea Banbury. There are also volunteer workers who help with specific areas of work.
We continue to be unceasingly grateful for all the hard work put in by the staff and volunteers at the Rehoming Centre and we do know how lucky we are to have them. On more than one occasion new owners have been heard to say: ‘the Beagles have such a great time here it’s a shame to take them away’ – a remark that is a powerful tribute to all that is achieved there on a daily basis.
Beagle Welfare is also fortunate to be able to use the services of other kennels and volunteer foster homes in all parts of the country. Helen Rogers in Kent has been kennelling and rehoming Beagles for over 20 years.
Our dedicated area officers, who provide local support, are a vital part of the organisation. They organise home checks and coordinate Welfare activity in local areas.
Beagle of the Month
The internet and the growth of social networking are proving invaluable to Beagle Welfare, especially in terms of fundraising, education and rehoming. The ‘Beagle of the Month’ initiative devised by area officer Jo Morrison-Rowe, is particularly valuable in helping us find homes for some of our more difficult-to-home Beagles, while our Facebook page provides a popular forum for supporters.
We continue to be overwhelmed by the support and generosity we receive from people all over the UK.
Our Trustees and their contact details are listed below. Please bear in mind that all of our trustees are volunteers and as such they fit this activity around their personal commitments to home and work.
Chairman Joan Lennard – Email: chairman@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Tel: 01283 732377
Vice Chairman Nigel Wright – Email: Vice-Chairman@beaglewelfare.org.uk
National Secretary Linda Thomas – Email: Secretary@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Tel: 01260 29933
Treasurer Jeanine Wilkinson – Email: treasurer@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Tel: 07834 593797
Editor of In Full Cry – Jo Morrison Rowe – Email: editorifc@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Tel: 01249 720124
Fund Raising Officer Claire Buckels – Email: fundraising@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Tel: 07968 074138
Trustee for Scotland Karen Purdon – Email: BWScotland@beaglewelfare.org.uk