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Christmas Day Message from all at FDR

                                                          July - December Newsletter!
 
                                                         "Merry Christmas Everyone!"
 
 
Well, it's Christmas Day, time flies by so fast, especially when there are so many dogs to care for! Days roll into weeks, weeks roll into to months, and before you know it you're back where you started! It's been a fantastic year for dogs who have come and gone. We've had some beautiful characters, some nervous little guys, and some who we've had to build back from nothing...but we've got them there, and ready for their forever family. Some boys and girls stay with us for a while, and when their time finally comes, it is always hard to see them go. To name a few are Milly, Gem, Ruby, Theo, Casper, Blue, Vinnie, Boycy, Chuck and so many more who we have all loved and miss dearly. Some we form such strong bonds with that they never truly leave.
 
And so, as the year draws to a close, we have many new boys and girls at Green Gap Hotel, and although they are confused and frightened, the staff and ever appreciated volunteers and supporters will be there until they are back on their paws, in front of a warm fireplace and in a loving forever home. Thank you from dogs, like Jess and many others who without your help would not be able to find their forever homes, during 2012 alone FDR have rehomed 203 successfully, we think that is something to smile about don't you!  
It's been a difficult and testing year for more reasons than one, the weather caused many events to be cancelled and has stretched finances to almost breaking point. Nevertheless, through the kindness of devoted
supporters who continue to stand strong and have faith in the FDR Charity, some improvements can still be  made. 
 
Since the Spring, work has continued on the top block of kennels, slower than expected, but an end is near. The L A Andrews Trust provided us with a £10k grant towards this project, which has covered the major refurbishments, but we have had to break into our savings to enable completion.
 
The straypound contract with WFC brings income each month and the stray dogs will be housed in a separate block, enabling them to be assessed fully before being integrated with other dogs in our care.
Replacing kennel rooftops was another job which called for attention and of course, there's always the unexpected everyday problems which also have to be considered and prioritised where finances allow,  it is hard but it continues to become possible because of you, on behalf of those who can't speak for themselves, we are forever in your debt, many, many thank you's from all past and present dogs in our care. 
Also many thanks to people, (which there have been many) like Sandra who have not only bought extra treats for the boys and girls in FDR's care but have also so kindly filled the staffs/volunteers kitchen with lots and lots of Christmas goodies too!!! many many thanks to you all.
 
We look forward to seeing all who can make it on the 30th Dec for our last event of the year!
 
"The Christmas Sponsored Walk"!
 
Excellant way to walk off all that lovely Christmas food and enjoy good company, fresh air and beautiful woodland scenery in Wyre Forest, there will also be hot food and drinks available at the half way mark... promise no turkey ...or mince pies... plus (if you have had enough walking) a lift back to the starting point! For more details about the walk, please contact Maureen on 01299 266 722
 
It only leaves us to say, enjoy the remaining Christmas festivities, keep well and keep safe and see you in
 2013!
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