Can you guess what happened 365 days ago? … Well, the 15th May 2015 was the day we became a charity … One year ago today the UK Charity Commission recognised us as the Wild at Heart Foundation, a charity whose main aim is to reduce the world’s 600 million stray dog population through neutering, education and rehoming. So how did it all begin? …
Nadine and Nikki, our two inspirational co-founders initially met on Instagram when they happened to be adopting from the same litter of puppies from Romania (Ronny and Bally), found by the wonderful Anca (@anca_miki). Soon after they met up for a coffee and shared stories, hopes and dreams. Two incredible women with the same goal of reducing the world’s stray dog population.
Their ideas soon became a reality when the process of setting up the charity began, within less than six months the Wild at Heart Foundation was borne. Oscar Humphries (@oscarhumphries), our first trustee, and Eve Moore (@evewahf), our amazing rehoming manager, were also here from the start helping to make a difference. In just one year, we have:
- Rehomed 238 dogs
- Neutered over 300 dogs
- Worked on rescue and neutering projects in Cyprus, Bosnia, Romania, Borneo, Puerto Rico, Greece and of course the UK
- Over 10,400 followers across social media
- 83 web articles, 329 Instagram posts, 442 Facebook posts, 773 tweets
- And became Gift aid approved
And most of this was achieved with just four of us … in the last couple of months we have grown our team … We now have Faith (@pandapopspets) who helps us with rehoming, Sofia (@sofiaguerriero) who is involved in operations and projects, Pascale (@pascallywag) who is organising our grand launch event later this year, Mel (@melanieelizabeth2) our twitter queen, and David Drew our great dog behaviourist.
Now heading into our second year, our scope and successes continue to increase every day and our dream of achieving our mission becomes ever more real. We guarantee that 100% of the donations we receive go to the projects we support, nothing goes towards salaries or administration – everything goes to our aim of reducing the world’s stray dog population. DONATE NOW