In 2009 our rescue Greyhound, Ruby, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left hind leg, we were left with the difficult decision to euthanize her or opt to have the leg amputated then undergo chemotherapy,
We decided to proceed with the amputation and chemo, her operation and subsequent chemotherapy treatment was carried out at the Royal Dick Veterinary Hospital just outside Edinburgh where she received excellent care. The photo above was taken 4 weeks post the amputation of her leg - you would never know what she's just been through! Ruby went on to have 4 full years of life after her operation.
In 2010 we were made aware that the Veterinary Hospital, which is a registered charity, was trying to raise £50,000 for a brand new x-ray machine.The x-ray machine would help detect the onset of many diseases in domestic pets - the main killer being cancer.
When we heard about this, and based on the great care and attention they gave Ruby we decided to set up the Ray of Hope Appeal, the aim of which would be to raise funds for different animal welfare charities and related causes. The first of these recipients would be the Royal Dick Veterinary Hospital.
Over the course of 8 weeks we organised a number of 'in person' and online events and raised in excess of £4,000 for the Veterinary Hospital.
Following on from the success of our first fundraising venture for the Dick Vet, we've continued to hold various different types of events and fundraisers for a variety of different animal welfare and related charities, these include a number of different Greyhound rescue charities, Give a Dog a Bone, the NMWDM, Muzzle Mutts and many more.
Our most successful fundraiser netted over £5,000 to help 'Mac', a retired racing greyhound handed into a charity with significant leg and mobility problems.
Our most recent campaign raised funds for BETA - Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - following the horrific explosion there at the beginning of August 2020.
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