Adopt a Greyhound Month!

It is April which means it is Adopt a Greyhound Month!

Sadly due to the high retirement rate of Greyhounds used for racing – a whooping 8,000 dogs, a lot of them end up in rescues across the UK.

We have created this little video to give you a little bit more information on Greyhounds and Lurchers (Greyhound X Breeds) in hope that you will understand why we think they make fantastic pets and should be given a fighting chance to find their forever home!

GET INVOLVED – Take Part in our Pet-less Pet Show! ENTRY CLOSES 3rd July

Our Open Day is fast approaching, which means it is time to get your entry in for our Pet-less Pet show!

Our Pet-less Pet show is a great opportunity to show off your wonderful pet and get involved with the local community! Our Pet-less pet show covers Cats and Small Animals only, this is due to having a dog show at our open day, which takes place 6th July 2019 12pm-4:30pm!

If there are any problems inserting your images into the template, simply just send us your pics!


Email fundraising@gawa.org.uk with your name, contact number, pets name and the category they are being entered into!
If there are any problems inserting your images into the template, simply just send us your pics!

Email fundraising@gawa.org.uk with your name, contact number, pets name and the category they are being entered into!
If there are any problems inserting your images into the template, simply just send us your pics!

Simply download the template below, paste a picture of your pet in the frame! Then send your £2 entry fee via paypal to events@gawa.org.uk or via just giving
https://www.justgiving.com/gawa-cas with your pets name as the reference! Remember to email fundraising@gawa.org.uk your entry!

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Shelter Life: May 2018

It is with great pride we can announce that Cheltenham Animal Shelter has been chosen, alongside Pied Piper Appeal, to be the Mayor of Cheltenham’s charities for 2018-19.

Mayor Bernard Fisher was inaugurated on 16th May at Pittville Pump Rooms, where the outgoing Mayor Klara Sudbury passed on the chains of office in an official ceremony. Mayor Sudbury has raised thousands during her tenure for the Focus Fund at Cheltenham Hospital and the Hollie Gazzard Trust, it is hoped that Mayor Fisher can enjoy similar success in the coming twelve months.

One of his first official appointments is the grand opening of the our own Young Animal Centre, the culmination of an 18 month project to create the perfect environment for birthing and raising puppies and kittens right here at the Shelter. This is swiftly followed by the officially launching of the Mayor’s Charity and then the serious work of fundraising begins…

Over the course of the year Mayor Fisher will be hosting and supporting a huge array of events; the Mayor attends hundreds of functions over their year in the position so fitting in all the fundraising must be exhausting! This coming year we have lots to look forward to including race days, Town Hall concerts, a golf day at Brickhampton and much more, before the final total is announced next May at the welcoming of the new Mayor  for 2019.

“I am looking forward to a very busy year as the role of mayor carries great responsibility and expectation as I will be representing our town at every opportunity” said Mr Fisher. “ A major part of my mayoral year is fundraising for charity.  This year I am delighted to support two local charities, the Cheltenham Animal Shelter and the Pied Piper Appeal and I am looking forward to promoting these worthwhile charities and raising much needed funds for both.”

Our own fundraiser, James Clay, added “Working with the Mayor and Pied Piper is an incredible opportunity for us. The chance to reach a new audience with our message of “adopt don’t shop” while raising money and building new relationships is something we’re really looking forward to. The events calendar is looking great and we can’t wait to see lots of supporters old and new enjoy supporting the charities over the coming year”.

More information about events will become available on the Shelter’s website and social media so keep an eye open for exciting invitations soon!

Shelter Life: April 2018

Think before you tick…or don’t.

Have you heard of GDPR? Chances are you are already being affected by it even if you didn’t realise; General Data Protection Regulation comes in to effect on May 25th and is the reason you will be receiving lots of requests for permission to keep in touch with you. The law is changing and companies must change the way they collect, store and use your personal information, including charities.

The biggest change for you is that organisations like ours will now need permission to contact you. Gone are the days of “tick here if you don’t want to hear from us” and hello to a new world of “you must tell us it is okay to send you an email”. For a charity like ours this means we have to seek consent from all of our supporters over the coming months in order to keep them informed about our work, our events, fundraising campaigns or animals needing homes or support. The reality is that we expect to lose more than half our contact information in the coming months so it is important people understand the implications of not responding.

Now personally I think GDPR is a wonderful thing; I’m sick of all the spam emails in my inbox and countless marketing calls just like you (neither of which the Shelter has ever done of course!). I’m hoping that both will be dramatically reduced after May. But professionally I am terrified at the possibility of losing our audience. I’m receiving a couple of requests for my consent each day, mostly by email with tick boxes, some with pretty pictures or clever wording but all after the same thing. It is giving me a chance to decide whether I do actually want to hear from these organsiations again, it is a chance to positively engage with those companies and charities that are actually important to me. My hope is that the only emails I’ll receive soon will be ones that actually interest me, what a glorious inbox that would be!

The reason I wanted to bring GDPR to your attention and give you my take on it is this; to encourage you to think about whether you really want that contact or not before you tick…or don’t. My hope is, when Cheltenham Animal Shelter ask for permission to keep in touch most people will happily agree. Excitingly, we will know the people we are talking with are supporters of animal welfare, rehoming and the work we do and that is an exciting prospect, an audience of true animal lovers!

So, please keep an eye out for the organisations you love asking to keep in touch with you and make sure you say yes!

Shelter Life: March 2018

Your opportunity to be a part of something special at Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

We are nearing completion of a brand new state-of-the-art Young Animal Centre to provide the best possible start to kittens and puppies born or left at the Shelter. The new facilities include a kitten maternity unit, puppy accommodation and new feeding and laundry rooms as well as a cat isolation block and small animals room. The project has cost over £300,000, mostly funded by grants and gifts from the likes of Sir Charles Irving Trust and Support Adoption For Pets. But as we enter the final stages of the project we now we need your help to complete the work…

We are offering you the chance to support this vital project by donating today and having your name or message recorded on our “Supporting Wall” as a lasting reminder of your love of animals. Just choose the length of your message, maybe just your name or a memorial for a beloved pet, perhaps details of your business, and let us know what you want to say. Perhaps your school or club could fundraise to buy a line or maybe it would make an ideal birthday present? When the building is completed in Spring/Summer 2018 your lasting memento will join others on a purpose designed and permanent presentation board for all to see. All those that have supported the project will be invited to the official opening event in May to see their contribution at work.

Each line of up to 20 letters costs just £25, but space is limited so act fast to secure your place on this permanent display.

The perfect way to mark a special occasion, remember a loved one, highlight the work your company does for the Shelter or maybe as a gift for friends or family. Your pledge today will shape the future for many young animals when they need it most.

Head to our website – www.gawa.org.uk – to reserve your space on our Supporting Wall today…

For more information or to request a form call James on 01242 548775 or email fundraising@gawa.org.uk