Three Counties Dog Rescue in Bourne benefits from LotterySK
A dog rescue charity has found itself in a winning situation thanks to a local lottery.
Three Counties Dog Rescue, based in Spalding Road, Bourne, has benefited from regular donations from LotterySK since it was set up in September 2018.
Tickets for the weekly game, run by South Kesteven District Council, offer prizes up to £25,000 for players matching all six numbers, and smaller prizes for matching two number or more.
People buying a ticket can nominate a good cause to support, and Three Counties Dog Rescue has several players who regularly support it, raising about £2,900 a year through the lottery.
The charity is run by Gyll Mauchline, from Aslackby and husband, Max, who looks after the accounts.
Max said: “We have been involved in the lottery since it started. It’s a relatively small contribution as our running costs are about £200,000 a year; a large proportion of that is veterinary bills.
“When the dogs come in, the vet will check them and see if they need anything.
“They’re all microchipped, neutered and vaccinated too."
He added that it was nice that someone who supported Three Counties Dog Rescue through their LotterySK tickets had recently won a £2,000 prize by matching five numbers - news that they shared on the Three Counties Facebook page.
Three Counties Dog Rescue was founded in 1971 in Hampshire by the late Shelia Kew and also served Surrey and Berkshire. Gyll became involved soon after and a change in her circumstances saw the rescue move to Lincolnshire.
As well as dogs, the charity takes in some cats and houses up to 70 animals at one time.
In the 49 years that it has been operating, about 7,000 animals have been re-homed.
Last year, Three Counties Dog Rescue bought the kennels it operates from so it could begin a dog and cat boarding service to raise more funds.
"We’ve been spending a bit of money tidying them up," said Max.
“We’ve put in heating and re-roofed them, and we’ve got some other plans too.
“We want to make use of the facilities to raise money to support the rescue but we’ve got as many dogs as we’ve ever had and they need to come first.
“I think as we become more and more well-known, we become that first point of call for a lot of people.”
LotterySK was set up by South Kesteven District Council to support good causes across the district.
Visit www.lotterysk.co.uk to sign up to the lottery and to nominate charities.