A dog rescue has launched a desperate appeal for donations as it is hit by the cost of living crisis.

Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue (EGLR) has suffered since the pandemic facing rising costs and disruption to its fundraising efforts.

Now, it is urging people to donate food and other supplies for the dogs in its care.

“Since Covid hit, we’ve had a real tough time,” said Melissa Newman, who runs the organisations fundraising Facebook page.

Costs have gone up, not only for supplies but also for vet treatments.

“We have also been unable to attend most of our regular fundraising events.

“We rely on these events for our fundraising and getting our name out there to the local community.”

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Evesham Journal: The EGLR's fundraising Facebook page was set up to support RafflesThe EGLR's fundraising Facebook page was set up to support Raffles (Image: EGLR)

Due to these difficulties, Melissa decided to set up a Facebook page to encourage people to donate.

However, the catalyst for setting up the page was one very special dog in their care, Raffles.

She said: “He had two broken front legs which had callused over meaning we had to pay for specialist surgery to rebreak his legs and reset them.

“This is where the fundraising page started, for Raffles.

“He was such a big case that we needed a big amount of fundraising.

“After this, we decided to keep the page open to sell our wares, to promote our dogs and keep everyone in touch with us as a rescue.”

EGLR was launched in 1989 by Pip Singleton and now consists of a network of foster homes and volunteers up and down the country.

All of the dogs are kept in foster homes that suit their needs.

“Without the time and patience of these brilliant foster homes we wouldn’t be able to do the amazing work we do,” added Melissa.

“We are always in need of foster homes.”

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Evesham Journal: Dolly is looking for her forever homeDolly is looking for her forever home (Image: EGLR)

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In particular, EGLR is appealing for puppy pads and Royal Canin puppy pug food which has proved to be the most popular food for the emaciated dogs in their care.

More recently, the non-profit organisation has launched an online store where they sell handmade gifts and wares made by their network of volunteers.

The fundraising Facebook page can be found here or to find out more about becoming a foster home, call 01212584510 or 01386853971. 

Evesham Journal: Eila is one of several dogs up for adoptionEila is one of several dogs up for adoption (Image: EGLR)