Islay Dog Rescue is operated by Lorraine Jardine and Richard Thomson and operates from Glen Islay Farm, a small-holding near Cumnock, on the South-West Coast of Scotland. Both Lorraine and Richard are passionate about animals and dedicated to helping dogs who have found themselves in dog pounds. Specifically, they rescue dogs who are on "death row"
Our dog kennels were intially built in 2011, made of wood and have suffered badly due to the adverse weather we have in Scotland.
We have worked hard to achieve our 2017-2018 goals which were to; tarmac our grounds, resurface our arena (dog excercise area) install a visitor lounge and toilet area and upgrade our fencing/gates with thanks to grants received from Tesco Groundwork and Lush Retail.
However we are now in the fortunate position of having received a 10K donation from a life insurance policy of a dear friend and avid support of rescuing dogs. With this donation, would love to put it towards rebuilding our kennels. However we understand in order to rebuild our kennels, we will require more investment and unfortunately we currently have no further grant money available to us.
We worry that we will be unable to continue saving lives of dogs on death row if we cannot rebuild or upgrade the current kennels by 2019.
Furthermore, we would love to expand to having more than 10 kennels to ensure we do not have to turn people away who desperately need our help. Ideally, we would knock down the current 10 wooden kennels and rebuild brand new, modern kennels which would be easier to clean and be well insulated in the poor weather. This way, the rescue dogs would continue to be kept safe and warm, yet also we would reduce the risk of any potential disease by being able to clean them thoroughly.
We have been fundraising at every opportunity and have all our plans, groundwork and building quotes available.
We would welcome any visit to our rescue centre to show you exactly what we wish to achieve.