- 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.
Our HistoryBeagle 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 FormedIt 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.
National Rehoming CentreIn 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.
UK SupportBeagle 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.
Area officersOur 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 MonthThe 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 TrusteesOur 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 Nigel Wright – Email: chairman@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, National Secretary Linda Thomas – Email: Secretary@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Treasurer Jeanine Wilkinson – Email: treasurer@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Editor of In Full Cry Jo Morrison Rowe – Email: editorifc@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Fund Raising Officer Mark Parker – Email: fundraising@Beaglewelfare.org.uk, Trustee for Scotland Karen Purdon – Email: BWScotland@beaglewelfare.org.uk