Although Lynn's Knitted Dog Coats was only launched in June 2017, the aims and ethos remain the same as those of Lynn's Bespoke Dog Coats which has operated since May 2011.
Below you fill find brief information on where earlier monies were donated. Each tax year, I divide the money raised between 3 and 5 small volunteer groups. In good years interim donations may be made in December when charities often have additional expenses. I generally make some repeat donations and look for 1 or 2 new groups to reflect the geography and dog type of the orders received as well as rewarding groups which have helped to publicise what I do.
In addition to cash donations I also provide a coat or voucher for a number of charity auctions during the year. Small groups run by volunteers are welcome to ask for a contribution to their auction.
Two interim donations made, to Lurcher SOS because so many of my coats go to sighthounds and to Medical Detection Dogs because of their work to train covid detection dogs which sadly is receiving little media attention but has the potential to allow big public events again next year, hopefully!
April 2020, final donation of this years fund raising made to Medical Detection Dogs who are currently training dogs to detect Covid 19 so that they can be used to screen large numbers of people to determine who needs to be tested. Something I suspect we would all support at this difficult time.
This brings the total donations for the tax year 2019-2020 to 85% of the price paid for all coats sold, helped a little by the fact that I have yet to replenish wool stocks after my house move.
Four donations made to : Cheadle and District Animal Welfare, Luna Animal Rescue, Service Dogs UK and West Yorkshire Dog Rescue.
During the tax year 2018 to 19 donations have amounted to 84% of the price paid for all the coats sold. This is higher than usual as I have been running down stocks of yarn in preparation for a house move and will need to rebuild next year.
February 2019, three further moderate donations to Luna Animal Rescue, Cheadle and District Animal Welfare and Lurcher SOS because so many of my orders are for lurchers. Larger donations to Last Chance Hotel and The Oldies who help older, more difficult to home dogs of all breeds.
After a busy October I have already been able to make 4 small donations.
Further sums to Luna Animal Rescue, Cheadle and District Animal Welfare and Medical Detection Dogs as well as something to Service Dogs UK.
Service Dogs are a very young UK charity run by a group of volunteers and they use only adult rescue dogs which are trained to help ex service personel who suffer from PTSD. Seems a win- win situation to me.
19 April 2018
Final donation of monies raised in the tax year 17/18 have been made to: Last Chance Hotel, Cheadle and District Animal Welfare, The Oldies Club and Medical Detection dogs. ( see below for links to their sites) This has been my busiest year ever and the sum donated is equivalent to 76% of the coat prices despite the costs of buying a new domain name and temporarily running 2 websites.
Interim donations to:
Lurcher SOS because so many of this years orders have mentioned various Lurcher Appreciation groups/facebook postings and because they kindly include a link to me on their site.
Luna Animal Rescue, a group newly supported in 2016
Medical Detection dogs (www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk) who have now trained some rescue dogs, and currently have one dog rescued from the South Korean meat farms doing well in bio-detection training. Sadly the 2nd one selected was unable to cope and had to be rehomed. It is amazing that animals who have suffered so much at the hands of so say 'humans' can be taught to work so reliably for us. Do look at their website to learn about their work not only with bio-detection but in training medical detection dogs where they have now reached their 100th partnership.
Just click the image to be taken to their site.
By the end of the tax year 16/17 approximately 74% of the coat prices had been donated to 4 small charities:
West Yorkshire Dog Rescue
Last Chance Hotel and
Luna Animal Rescue: www.lunaanimalrescue.org
Luna is based in Cambridgeshire and was set up by experienced
rescuers in October 2013. They use foster homes and aim to help
dogs in the UK, principally in the South east and East Anglia.
Some cash was retained to cover the additional startup costs for the new site.
Other charities were assisted by donating a coat, post paid to their on line fundraising auctions.
In the tax year 2015/16 approx 88% of the coat prices was donated
Part of the reason for the variation is the amount of yarns I have bought during each year as well as increases in web costs.
Over the years donations have gone to the following groups: (click on the logo to visit each site)
This small group of volunteers rescue stray and abandoned cats and dogs and where possible will take them direct from their current home.
based in Cornwall they mainly rescue dogs, taking the difficult to place and terminal ones who are often rejected by other rescues.
I have received a great deal of support from Podenco Friends but as they are not a UK charity I have agreed to send cash to KGR who are based in Kent and help Podencos in the UK.
The Oldies Club, who help dogs over 7 years of any breed as well as helping other rescues with older dogs.
Cash sent in the form of sponsorship for 2 of their 'care for life dogs'.
Lurcher SOS sight hound rescue
A group based in East Sussex.
A Manchester based group who gave me so much help and a huge delivery of yarns in my early days.
Sadly they are no longer able to rescue dogs so my remit does not allow further donations. Much thanks for all their help in the early days.
"reuniting lost dogs with their owners" - something we can all relate to.
In the early days I made small donations in cash or in kind to the following groups in lieu of help and publicity:
Greyhound Gap http://www.greyhoundgap.com
Toller rescue fund and Toller health fund http://www.thetollerclub.co.uk
All Dogs Rescue http://www.alldogsrescue.com and
Animal in Distress http://www.animalsindistress.uk.com
Vizz Whizz auctions in aid of 3 Vizsla rescue charities as well as Podenco friends auctions.