How the Irish Wolfhound Charitable Trust was founded

Artwork by  Joe Gillen

Artwork by Joe Gillen

In 2012 when Dr Serena Brownlie first started visiting the Bonaforte Kennel, we asked her how we could help her, her heart research and our breed.
Serena immediately suggested, a) by having your hound's heart tested every year, ensuring continuity of testing, for their entire life. b) it would be nice to have funds on hand to help with research if needed.

Being extremely passionate about our breed, and recognising how important heart health is, we suggested that not only would we follow through with the heart testing here, but also track the heart health of all the hounds we breed.

In answer to the second suggestion we started raising money for a Heart Fund, and along with the help and support of the Bonaforte owners, we steadily watched this collection grow.

It wasn’t until late 2014 early 2015; we realised the enormity, financial responsibility and pitfalls of collecting and holding monies.

"Let’s form a registered Charity", Carla gleefully suggested. It was, however, an enormous task taking nearly two years, backwards and forwards, with the Charity Commission answering questions, seeking help, waiting for meetings and approvals. However, despite all the encounters and obstacles, Carla was overjoyed when The Irish Wolfhound Charitable Trust was finally approved by the Charity Commission in September 2016.

Carla is now absolutely delighted she persevered and succeeded in founding the first ever registered Wolfhound Charity in the UK, but was eager, being a breeder first and foremost to step back and allow the trustees to take over.

Raising funds for all Wolfhound Related Causes, under one official umbrella.

The Irish Wolfhounds now have an accountable secure platform for fund raising, the aims and objectives of which were not to start or set up another health group, rescue or any other such breed body, but with aims which enable the registered charity to grant funds to the aforementioned breed causes with all the benefits of having charitable status.