Catherine adopted the lovely Kelly back in 1978 from our North Lincolnshire Centre.

Sadly, Kelly died in 1993 aged approximately 17 years old, but the time they spent together was absolutely priceless and full of happy memories.

In August 2020, Catherine kindly made an In-Memory donation in Kelly’s name. As a thank you we will be displaying a plaque in Kelly’s memory at the centre and the donation Catherine made will help us to find forever homes for the dogs, who like Kelly all them years ago, have nowhere else to go.

Here is Kelly’s story in Catherine’s words…

“Kelly was a small black whippet cross who could run like the wind! When we came to look at the available dogs at the North Lincolnshire centre at the time, Kelly was the only dog that did not bark! That was not the reason we chose her though, but it did bring her to our attention among all the other appealing dogs.

“My son, Alex, chose Kelly – he was 8 years old at the time and they were soulmates thereafter. She was a marvellous pet for all the family, including our two cats and rabbit; they all got on and played together, even the rabbit! Subsequently, she cared for two small kittens. We finally heard Kelly bark for the first time after being with us for about 3 months!

“Kelly loved travelling in the car, and she accompanied us when we went hiking in Scotland in 1991. Though she was still pretty nimble, Alex carried her over any steep, rough ground. She also enjoyed playing with a huge Vietnamese potbellied pig in the gardens of the place where we stayed and paddling in the nearby loch. She used to go on canoe/kayak outings with Alex and run alongside him when he was off-road biking. She would also join in our camping events in our garden and happily played the role of 'assistant newspaper deliverer'.

“Alex was deeply affected by Kelly's death (from old age) – he was her main carer then as I had moved away. But I can say she was the most amazing dog and she lived an amazing life. She touched our lives.

“Thank you so much for the plaque and we will, when the time is right, visit the Brigg centre to see it.

“My Aunt in Suffolk also had two dogs, both from Jerry Greens, and that was why we chose Jerry Greens’ for our dog. My daughter also had a dog from the Jerry Green South Lincolnshire centre. Because of this, we have told many people about your work and we thank you for the great job you are doing.”

We want to be there for all the dogs like Kelly that need our help for many more years to come. If you could help us to do this, we, and all of our Jerry Green dogs, would be so grateful. You can simply TEXT JERRY to 70201 to donate £1 towards our vital work, or perhaps consider sponsoring a kennel at your local centre for just £1 per week. Thank you.