Calling all dog lovers - time to make those daily Walkies Count!
We are wagging our tails with excitement to launch a fun new online event to help you make the most of your daily exercise and support Birmingham Dogs Home at the same time.
Join together with a community of other dog lovers and help raise a wag and a smile from the dogs currently resident at Birmingham Dogs Home and their heroic carers who are still looking after them every day!
Our daily exercise is more important than ever to all of us at the moment and we all want to do our bit to make a difference in these uncertain times and make the most of our time outdoors.
The Birmingham Dogs Home Canine Carers team invite you to join them in spirit by joining in our daily walking challenge.
As key workers for our dogs, our canine carers are still walking miles every day to make sure that the hundreds of dogs we are currently looking after get their regular exercise. You can show your support and give them the boost they need and help raise money we need for our day to day operations by joining in our daily walking challenge.
We would like to invite you to share your miles with us and start logging your steps during your daily exercise, set yourself some daily goals and help to raise some money for our dogs by asking friends, family and colleagues to spur you on with a few pounds of sponsoship.
We are all missing meeting up with friends for our daily walks and chatting with other dog lovers we are used to stopping to pass the time with so by sharing our photos, step logs, doggie photos and stories we can still feel like we are a community of dog lovers in spirit as we Take The Lead Together.
So here is what to do:
Decide on your own personal daily challenge. Here are a couple of suggestions from us:
CAN YOU KEEP UP WITH OUR CANINE CARERS?
WE WILL REWARD YOU ON YOUR WAY WITH VIRTUAL AWARDS!
Simply log your steps when you are doing your daily exercise. You might want to do this by using a Fitbit or your phone or simply in a note book. Add up your totals each week. You might choose to walk around your local area, around your garden or on a treadmill, around your kitchen or up and down your stairs...don't forget to get your dogs to join in if you have one or two! Take some photos along the way of you and your dogs and your step logs and share them with us on our facebook pages.
Set up a fundraising page on JustGiving https://www.justgiving.com/start-fundraising and select Birmingham Dogs Home as the charity you are supporting. Set a fundraising target and add some information about why you are going to Take The Lead Together for our charity.
When creating your page select "Personal Challenge". You can also add a "Sponsor Me Button" on the bottom of your email if you wish to - it shows you how to do this as you set up your page.
You may also wish to use the text below and you can personalise your page with photos and stories about your own dogs.
Send us an email to email@example.com to let us know that you are taking part and to send us a link to your JustGiving page.
Share your JustGiving link far and wide amongst your family, friends and colleagues. Just ask for a pound or two, it all adds up and makes a real difference to our charity.
Suggested information you can include on your JustGiving Fundraising page.
I am supporting Birmingham Dogs Home by taking part in a walking challenge – Take the Lead Together, to show my love of dogs and to help raise money for this charity which is close to my heart.
I am going to walk XXXXX every day and my goal is to reach XXXX in 50 days. I would be really grateful if you couple spare a couple of pounds to spur me on to reach my goal. I will be using my one hour of daily exercise to do this and I will be walking with a community of other dog lovers on line. You can follow my progress on Birmingham Dogs Home’s Facebook Page : facebook.com/BirminghamDogsHome/
Birmingham Dogs Home really needs our support at this time. Normally they get support by people dropping off daily donations of food and blankets, or by taking part in marathons for them or by going along to support their Family Fun Days. They also raise money to operate by rehoming dogs and by boarding dogs for owners when they go on holiday. Currently they are operating behind closed doors and cannot raise any money in the usual ways but continue to have daily costs of looking after the hundreds of dogs that are with them at the moment.
Thank you for supporting me and my dog to help all of the dogs that need our help. Wish me luck to reach my Walkies Goal!
Now all you need to do to start is get started and walk as much as you can when you can and record your achievements.
When you have reached one of your walking milestones, download one of our award images from our website and share your success. You can download awards for reaching the following distances:
Walkies Challenge - 10 miles, 25 miles, 35 miles, 50 miles
K9 Carer Challenge - 100 miles, 150 miles, 200 miles, 250 miles
Share your achievements with everyone on Facebook.
Join us for a real celebration when we are all able to see each other in person.
Come and meet the canine carers and our dogs of course. Date TBC
Join us in raising much-needed awareness and funds for the stray dogs in our care by holding your very own ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’!
You can hold your ‘Bark Off’ at your place of work, in your home or at your local club – where ever it is, you can be certain that it will be helping thousands of stray dogs in need. We provide you with all the essentials to help get your ‘Bark Off’ started with a bang.
Your pack includes
All you need are the delicious cakes!
Get your friends, family, and colleagues together to help unfortunate dogs in your area, a simple bake sale or ‘Bark Off’ as we like to call it, will go a long way in helping us to ensure the safety and care for thousands of homeless dogs that need your help every year.
To get your ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’ event started simply fill in the form below and we will send you out a pack in the post. If you have a date in mind for your event please do let us know too.
Tips for getting your ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’ started
Your pack will be sent out to you within 7 – 10 days
(Becoming a friend involves making monthly donations to help all the stray dogs in our care)
To become a FRIEND of Birmingham Dogs' Home, simply donate from only £3 a month to give hope to the thousands of strays that are placed in our protection every year.
Our new Birmingham Centre opened on 23rd October 2015, and we all look forward to a bright new future for Birmingham Dogs’ Home.
And you can be a part of it!
Buy a brick today with your name or that of a friend, relative, company or pet and create your very own legacy. Your named brick will feature on a wall at our new centre for posterity – the words you choose will literally be set in stone forever as a lasting memory.
Our new Dog Rescue and Welfare Centre is set in the beautiful countryside on Catherine de Barnes Lane in Solihull.
See the progress we have made by looking at our Photo Gallery.
Here’s how you can help
Buy a brick now and give positive help to the homeless dogs of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire - and take them out of the misery that has been their life to date, that of an unwanted, abandoned stray.
All you have to do is purchase a two line brick (34 characters) for £50, or if you’d like a longer message - a four line brick (64 characters) for £100.
Please note, all brick wording will be displayed in capitals, and each line centrallised. If you wish for spacing between your chosen words then please leave a space as wording will be laid out exactly as you have written it. You can include symbols on your brick wording, but only symbols that are noted on a keyboard can be used.
But you must hurry! We only have a limited amount of bricks and they’re selling very fast!
When can I see my brick?
Once you have purchased your brick a confirmation letter will be sent out to you. It usually takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the brick to be completed and displayed within the Centre.
You will receive a confirmation letter and a brick style certificate once the brick is on the walls at our Birmingham Centre.
groups and companies who put their hands in their pockets for this needy charity. It is well recorded that we receive no Government funding for our work. Everything that has been achieved, built and developed is the direct result of generous people who care about animals and in particular, dogs.
Do you shop online? You can support our dogs with every purchase with no extra cost to yourself.
Simply sign up to Easy Fundraising which has over 4,000 retailers from Asos, Argos, M&S, Just Eat and many more who all donate to our stray dogs with every purchase you make through this website.
Sign up today and make a big difference to our stray dogs when you shop online!
Sign up here - Easy Fundraising
Don't forget, if you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation, allowing us to claim back the tax - currently 25p for every £1 you give.
You can choose to help their memory live on and support our charity by:
- Making a personal donation in their name
- Letting family and friends know that funeral collections will be donated to Birmingham Dogs Home
Donations can be made online in the name of a loved one. This can be an important way for friends and family who are unable to attend a funeral to feel involved and offer some comfort.
Memorial Donations and Funeral Donations can be made HERE
Insure your pet and help Birmingham Dogs’ Home in the process