New Forest K9 Hydrotherapy COVID-19 Crowdfunder

by Debbie Hansford in Lover, England, United Kingdom


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Help us through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pre-selling some of our services to help make it viable to treat urgent rehabilitation clients

by Debbie Hansford in Lover, England, United Kingdom

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for  millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them. 

Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.

My Purpose Built Canine Hydrotherapy Centre - On The North West Edge of The New Forest.

Please help support my business, like many other small businesses in the current climate it has been very difficult, and we are struggling.  I had been open for just over 1 year before having to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you can see it was a substantial undertaking to build both the centre and have the hydrotherapy pool installed. It was entirely self funded. 

Opening my own canine hydrotherapy centre has always been my dream and long term aim since gaining my qualification in 2015. I love doing what I do and there is nothing better than seeing a client's dog improve with hydrotherapy following surgery or injury, or from the loss of mobility in more senior dogs with signs of osteoarthritis or degenerative disease.

After being closed for 8 weeks, I am now able to re-opened on a limited basis, to treat existing urgent rehabilitation clients where possible and social distancing allows, but I cannot assess and take on new rehabilitation clients or offer fun and fitness swims in the current climate.  However, the pool still has overheads in order to run and costs incurred during the closure. I don't have access to any of the government schemes to help and there has been no income whilst they hydrotherapy centre was closed.

How Can You Help?

In return for a pledge, I would like to offer Recreational or Fun & Fitness * swims to be taken when social distancing permits. Hydrotherapy is also an excellent way to improve and maintain fitness and stamina in agility, performance, show and working dogs. It is also very beneficial for dogs which cannot be let off-lead, and for a lot of dogs it's just plain fun!  I also help dogs gain confidence in the water where they are nervous or unsure. 

Any help you are able to give is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to read this.

Debbie Hansford

* Please note that a veterinary referral form (available from my website ) is required before swimming to confirm that there are no rehabilitation issues I should be aware of. Your vet should sign this without charge.

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