FAQs

If you have any questions regarding Pounds for Poundies, please read the following FAQs which will hopefully contain the information you need. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

1. What is Pounds for Poundies?
2. What are the operating hours of Pounds for Poundies?
3. Is Pounds for Poundies a registered charity?
4. What is a “poundie”?
5. I thought we didn’t kill stray dogs in this country! Why are healthy dogs being killed in pounds?
6. How do I donate?
7. Why do I have to complete the contact form on the poundie’s page?
8. I donated but my donation hasn’t appeared on my sponsored poundie’s page yet. Why is this?
9. Do all donations go directly to help the poundies?
10. How do I know my donation will be go to specifically to the dog I sponsored?
11. How long will it be before I get an update about how my donation has been used to help save my sponsored dog?
12. What happens if the dog I sponsored no longer needs his or her funds?
13. I haven’t received an email updating me on my donation but on the poundie’s page it says his or her funds have been sent. Why is this?
14. How do I know that my donation will go to rescues who have certain policies (e.g., no kill, neuter, lifetime back up) in place?
15. What does “PTS/Overdue Date” mean?
16. What does EB mean?
17. Does Pounds for Poundies directly rescue dogs from the pound and place them into rescue or foster spaces?
18. Why do poundies have to go to rescue spaces or foster homes before they are placed into their forever homes? Why can’t they just be rehomed straight from the pound; surely this is better than them being killed?

1. What is Pounds for Poundies?

Pounds for Poundies is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) registered with the Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator (www.oscr.org.uk), charity number SC044405. We make it possible for people to donate to individual dogs while they are in the pound to help save them from death row by raising funds to help them with their rescue costs. It works by raising the vital funds needed by pound helpers and rescues to help save the individual dogs they are trying to save from death row. It is not intended to raise general funds for pound helper groups or rescue organisations; rather it is here to help them work together with donors to save individual dogs.
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2. What are the operating hours of Pounds for Poundies?

As Pounds for Poundies is run entirely by volunteers, so due to work and other commitments the operating times for Pounds for Poundies are:

Monday 12:00 – 20:00 / Tuesday 10:00 – 14:00 / Wednesday 14:00 – 22:00 / Thursday 10:00 – 14:00 / Friday 14:00 – 22:00 / Saturday 14:00 – 22:00 .
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3. Is Pounds for Poundies a registered charity?

Yes. Pounds for Poundies was incorporated on 8th November 2013 and is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity number SC044405.
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4. What is a “Poundie”?

A Poundie is a dog who, through no fault of his or her own, has been abandoned by the people who are supposed to love, care for and protect them. They are often found abandoned on the streets, or tied up, and taken to the pound by the dog warden. Some are taken to the pound as “owner hand ins” and sadly they have even less time to find somewhere safe as they don’t have to serve their statutory 7 days.
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5. I thought we didn’t kill stray dogs in this country! Why are healthy dogs being killed in pounds?

Legally, any dog who is in the pound and remains unclaimed by his or her people after 7 days is allowed to be killed by lethal injection by a qualified veterinary surgeon. In 2011/2012, almost 9,000 healthy dogs were killed in pounds around the UK. The vast majority of these dogs would have been healthy, adoptable, wonderful family companions whose only fault was being let down so badly by the people who were supposed to love and care for them. Around the UK, many hundreds of pound helpers have established relationships with pounds to work to try to save as many of these dogs as possible, and many thousands are saved every year by these wonderful people and the tireless volunteers who run and volunteer for rescues around the country.
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6. How do I donate?

Each poundie has his or her own page, or follow our Donate to Urgent Poundies link. To donate, click on their picture on the homepage and follow the instructions to donate. Donations can be made via PayPal or bank transfer. You can also donate to the Emergency Fund to help those Poundies who are most in need with Emergency Boarding and transport.
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7. Why do I have to complete the contact form on the Poundie’s page?

As there are so many Poundies on the site, we need to receive your form so we know which Poundie you would like to receive your donation. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more information on this.
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8. I donated but my donation hasn’t appeared on my sponsored Poundie’s page yet. Why is this?

As Pounds for Poundies is run by volunteers, due to work and other commitments it is not possible to be working on Pounds for Poundies all day every day. Please be sure that all donations and pages will be updated as soon as possible, but depending on the time you made your donation it may not appear for a few hours. Please refer to your thank you email that you received when you made your donation for the operating hours of Pounds for Poundies. The operating hours can also be found above.
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9. Does every donation go directly to help the Poundies?

Yes. Every single donation goes directly to the pay towards the rescue costs accrued during the rescue of the Poundie. The only deductions are the unavoidable PayPal fees. Pounds for Poundies is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and the founder of the charity pays for the web hosting, domain registration and all admin costs such as stationery etc.
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10. How do I know my donation will be go to specifically to the dog I sponsored?

Donations are distributed to pound helpers and rescues upon receipt of invoices detailing the rescue costs of the dog (EB, vaccination, chipping, vet treatment, etc) or directly to the dogs’ vets. Transport funds are paid upon receipt of a completed transport form detailing the transport route and mileage claimed. This is then checked against Google Maps to confirm mileage and petrol costs, and payment made to the transporter or pound helper group.
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11. How long will it be before I get an update about how my donation has been used to help save my sponsored dog?

As quickly as possible, but it depends on a few factors. Sometimes dogs stay in pounds far beyond their overdue date (in pound that try hard to save as many dogs as they can), and may still be in the pound days or weeks after you made your kind donation. Please refer to your sponsor dog’s page for the latest updates and status (still in the pound / in EB / in rescue) of your sponsor dog and any updates received about their rescue progress.

Depending on how your donation has been used, it can take anything between a few days and a few weeks to be sent to the pound helpers/rescue/transporters of your sponsored Poundie. Donations that are used to pay transport costs are usually sent to the transporter/pound puller group within a few days of the dog being marked as “safe”. Donations to pay for EB are paid on a week-by-week basis but because payments are only made on receipt of invoices, due to the different ways that EB kennels operate this can sometimes be done monthly. Donations for rescue costs such as neutering/vaccination are paid out only upon receipt of invoices from their receiving rescue, which can take a few weeks to be received. All donors will be updated as soon as possible as to how their donation has been used to help with the rescue of their sponsor Poundie. You can contact us for an update at any time and we will be happy to update you on the status of the Poundie to whom you have donated.
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12. What happens if the dog I sponsored no longer needs his or her funds?

In the event that the dog you sponsored is adopted from the pound into private care (by the pound), claimed by the owner, dies under veterinary care whilst in the care of the pound, dies of natural or accidental causes in the pound before he or she comes into the care of pound helpers or rescue organisations, or is killed by the pound, or if the Poundie goes to a rescue that does not agree to the Pounds for Poundies Terms and Conditions, if on their donation form they have selected the option to be contacted in such an event, donors will be contacted by email (as provided via their Paypal donation and/or contact form at time of dontation) and given the option of a refund or reallocation of their donations. If the donor chose the option that their donation be reallocated in the event that their chosen Poundie no longer needs it, their donation will be reallocated to another urgent Poundie and they will be contacted with an update once this donation has been used to help that Poundie.
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13. I haven’t received an email updating me on my donation but on the Poundie’s page it says his or her funds have been sent. Why is this?

WE update all donors when their donations have been sent, so if you haven’t received your update email please check your junk mail folder! Otherwise, please contact us and I will be happy to resend the email.
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14. How do I know that my donation will go to rescues who have certain policies (e.g., no kill, neuter, lifetime back up) in place?

Donations will be distributed only upon to pound helpers who send dogs to rescue organisations which meet the following criteria and to rescue organisations who meet the following criteria and sign a copy of the Terms and Conditions to confirm this: ­­­­-

  • all animals in their care are neutered prior to rehoming, or in the case of dogs under the age of 6 months, they will be homed with a strict neutering policy to ensure that the dog is neutered at 6 months of age (or following her first season in the case of a bitch);
  • all animals will be vaccinated prior to rehoming;
  • all animals will be microchipped to the rescue organisation prior to rehoming;
  • no pound dogs will be placed directly from the pound into homes without assessment, neutering, vaccination and microchipping;
  • all potential homes are subject to a homecheck by an exprienced and competant homechecker and only those homes that pass homechecks will have an animal placed with them;
  • all foster homes will be be homechecked prior to placement of the dog by an experienced and competant homechecker, and only those who pass homechecks will be eligible to foster an animal;
  • all animals must have life-time back up so that in the event that the new owner is no longer able to keep them they will be returned to the care of the rescue;
  • must have a strict no-kill policy that no animal in their care shall be killed for expediency and an animal will only be humanely euthanised to prevent or alleviate irreversible mental or physical suffering in an animal under the advice of one or more qualified veterinary surgeon(s) and/or qualified behaviourist(s) and as a last resort to prevent irreversible mental or physical suffering to that animal.

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15. What does “PTS/Overdue Date” mean?

This is the date on which the dog has served his or her 7 days and is therefore no longer safe in the pound. Different pounds operate differently; some try to help the dogs and hold them at their own expense for as long as possible, while others choose to kill all dogs on their 8th day. This date indicates the date at which the dog becomes unsafe and his or her life is at risk – even in the best of pounds as they still have to kill for space sometimes – without a rescue space, EB, and funds to help them with their rescue.
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16. What does EB mean?

EB is emergency boarding. This is boarding for poundies who are overdue and who have had to be moved from the pound to save their lives. It is usually in boarding kennels (where you would board your dogs when you go on holiday) but in specific quarantine kennels where dogs can go without having had their full vaccination course. EB is often the only thing that can save a Poundie’s life, and typically costs between £5 and £7 per night.
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17. Does Pounds for Poundies directly rescue dogs from the pound and place them into rescue or foster spaces?

No. Pounds for Poundies is a fundraising charity that works with pound helper groups to raise the vital rescue funds that are needed to help save Poundies and distributes these donations to help pound helpers and rescues with the cost of saving their lives. Pounds for Poundies does not place any dogs into rescue or foster spaces; this is done by the pound puller groups whose links can be found on each of the dogs’ pages. Pounds for Poundies does not have a rescue centre and we do not have any dogs up for adoption.
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18. Why do Poundies have to go to rescue spaces or foster homes before they are placed into their forever homes? Why can’t they just be re-homed straight from the pound; surely this is better than them being killed?

The reason Poundies must be placed in rescue or foster prior to being homed is because they are un-assessed; there is no history for them, and their pound helpers have no idea how they are with people, other dogs, kids, cats, or even in a home environment. All of the Poundies will have to go into rescue spaces to be assessed and neutered, chipped to their rescue and vaccinated before they can start to look for their forever homes. This ensures they are not placed in situations that are unsuitable for their needs, and is for their safety and the safety of the people and other animals in the homes they go to. While most dogs in the pound are absolutely great with people, other dogs, and kids, and are wonderful family companions, their pound helpers have to make sure they go to rescue to be assessed to be totally sure they are ready to go into their forever homes. This is done with the Poundies’ welfare at heart, and is not intended to place any dog in danger; exactly the opposite.
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