By Ann Evans

Bulldog lovers in the Hamstead Community of London pull together to save abused dogs in China. Ann Evans tells us more.

 

 

Christiana Hines, Hampstead Hounds, Stacey James and De Randall from The Edward Foundation pictures with Clementine the Bulldog and Hera the rescue Bullterrier

 

The recent fundraising event held in Hamstead Village, London, saw Bulldog lovers coming out in force to raise funds in aid of The Edward Foundation. The Foundation began in 2011 with the aim of helping Bulldogs at risk of abuse and being used as a commodity. The Foundation also help families who have to give up their beloved pets for whatever reason and simply want to know they are being rehomed sensibly and responsibly.

The festive fundraising event, held on 8th December raised over £3,000 towards medical fees and flights to bring a group of British Bulldogs and one Bullterrier to the UK for rehoming. It took place at the popular Duke of Hamilton and was attended by individuals, families and more than 30 dogs.

 

A few of the Hamstead Community who raised £3,000 for The Edward Foundation

 

Christiana Hines from Hampstead Hounds, one of the main organisers said: “A big thank you to all who supported this event. It costs £1,000 for each dog so the incredible total raised will go towards making a huge difference, helping to get them over to the UK and finding them new and loving homes.”

The dogs, who are currently out of danger and living in China in quarantine, are receiving incredible care. In the next few weeks, and with the help of the donations, they will be flying over to new lives in England. Hera the Bull Terrier, the first dog from the group to be flown out of China recently was guest of honour at the event.

 

Hera the rescue Bullterrier

 

De Randall, Chairman of The Edward Foundation added: “We are blown away by the generosity of everyone who came on Saturday and want to thank everyone who donated.  Five Bulldogs, who have been saved from the meat trade in China, will be flying out soon. Our first dog Hera, a Bullterrier, arrived last month and is doing amazingly well. We are a non-profit organisation so 100% of the money donated will go towards our Bulldogs needs.”

The event was the brain-child of Stacey James who moved to Hampstead from the USA last year. Stacey regularly organised high-profile charity events back in her home town of Frenchtown, New Jersey. This was the first one she has organised in the UK.

 

British Bulldogs enjoying the day

 

Stacey commented: “The day was great fun for everyone, and we collected enough to sponsor and save two British Bullies, giving them new lives here in the UK. I could not have done this without Christiana and the Hampstead Hounds Team.  A wonderful start to the Christmas season!”

For those wishing to make a donation please go to www.theedwardfoundation.co.uk/