The volunteers and dogs at Ryedale Dog Rescue are looking forward to a successful 2021, hopefully without the drama and uncertainty of 2020.
Last year was a difficult one for small charities: many didn’t survive the impact of the pandemic. So, despite many challenges, we feel lucky to have come through unharmed. And, in many ways, we’ve come out stronger.
The RDR volunteers are a resourceful lot, and they have managed to find different ways to work. We moved our monthly face to face meetings to fortnightly video calls. During lockdown it was an added bonus to see some familiar faces, and we’ve even enticed a few new volunteers to join in. In between meetings, we kept up a steady chatter by text, email and social media, so there’s always someone to speak to.
Last year was a difficult one for small charities: many didn’t survive the impact of the pandemic.
We also ‘went virtual,’ including online sales, a dog show, auctions and children’s competitions. We’ve even tried some virtual home checks so we could keep rehoming our dogs. There have also been some heroic individual efforts. Our stall on the wall has been an amazing shop front, and our grants and gift aid officers have conjured up money from all sorts of places.
And then there are our wonderful woofers. We’ve rescued a steady stream of them during the year and rehomed many of them. At the moment things are quiet but, along with other animal charities, we’re expecting to see a sharp increase in dogs for rehoming once the impact of the pandemic subsides.