January has been a good month for us here at Merseyside Dogs Home. This month we took in a total of 33 dogs (of which 31 were stray dogs, 1 from the Police and 1 for our SOS Scheme), and we found new homes for 42 dogs. There was great news for 1 dog who we managed to reunite with her original owner and 2 went to other rescues, making 45 in all, with dogs spending an average of 29 days with us. Unfortunately, there was one dog we could not help due to ailments, and we had two dogs returned from adoption.

At the end of January, we have 35 dogs in kennels, 19 up for adoption, 9 reserves awaiting checks to go home, 4 in rehabilitation, 2 Local Authority dogs and 1 held back.

It has been an active month for volunteers with 208 hours given and an induction day for fourteen new volunteers – we’d like to say welcome to all the new volunteers and a big thanks to every single volunteer who has given up their time this month – we appreciate your support so much!

Throughout January our regular vet visits to the centre continued, and as always she has provided first class service. 18 dogs were neutered, 7 dogs had operations.

Kevin pictured here was found on Christmas eve and rehomed on the 28th January, giving his original owner 35days to find him but no one came forward.

As is common with Pug’s, Kevin had an eye problem that we operated on (costs £465) and then stitched his third eyelid to help it recover, he unfortunately broke the stitches and after a few vet visits, our vet scratched his eye to help it recover. At one point we were concerned we would lose his eye, but after medication changes he made a full recovery.

As usual we held our monthly consultation day where people can come and get advice on dog behavioural problems they are encountering.

Our Superdogs have been out and about across Liverpool helping people from all walks of life. We visited three schools to deliver our bark and read programme, helped fourteen people with our Walk and Talk Visits, and we saw the start of a new Paws for Life course, in partnership with the NHS Liferooms, with thirteen delegates who will be working towards a certificate in animal care over the next 10 weeks.

January is not always a good month for fundraising but thank you to everyone who put the effort in. Expenses have been high due to the cold spell and increased heating cost on both electricity and calor gas meaning we overspent £2,608 more than our income.

In January we also received the feedback from our Audit from the Local Authorities. During their visit the auditors scrutinised our facilities, processes and procedures for caring for the dogs, and we are delighted to have passed this. The council’s report stated that they are happy that we are complying with the terms of our contract, and graded our compliance with current legislation as ‘substantial’ (The highest grade). We’ve already implemented some changes to our administration systems as a result of their feedback, and as always we’ll be continuing to look for ways to improve over the remainder of 2019.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.