3 Norden View, Harwood Rd, Rishton
The concept of the charity grew from a perceived need first identified by Steve Wood, Hyndburn Borough’s Dog Warden. Steve became aware in the course of his duties that seriously injured dogs were being taken to the vet to be euthanaised who might, given funding for treatment, be able to carry on and live a perfectly happy and normal life.
The first dog was Dougal. He ran into the path of oncoming traffic whilst Steve was trying to apprehend him. Instead of having the dog put to sleep Steve went about raising money to fund Dougal’s treatment. Dougal had to have a leg amputated and the cost was £375.
When the second and third cases arrived it was quickly realised that it was the same people helping to raise money therefore the charity was conceived. we had our first official meeting on 21st May 2001.
The charity has a strong membership totaling 190 people, and growing, including the steering Executive Committee. In this committee are Steve Wood as Chairman, Linda Birtwell as Vice Chairman, Vera Atkinson as Treasurer, Georgina Allen as Secretary, Steve Wood and Georgina Allen as Welfare Officers.
All our dogs are strays. After spending a week at the local kennels with no owner in (Aspen Valley) sight we try to foster what dogs we can. The are checked by the vet, they have their first vaccination, wormer and given any treatment they require. At the foster home the dog is microchipped.
There are plenty of ways to become involved in HSDIN. We are always in need of foster carers. We provide and fund everything you and the dog need, in return we ask that you give our dogs help, time and compassion. We need more members to share ideas about events and fund raising ideas. Help with transporting the dogs from A to B and putting up posters in your area.
If you are interested in any aspect of are charity please visit our website.There are plenty of ways to become involved in HSDIN. We are always in need of foster carers. We provide and fund everything you and the dog need, in return we ask that you give our dogs help, time and compassion. We need more members to share ideas about events and fund raising ideas.