I have no access to Jacquie Peters facebook page but am told what goes on. I despair of a lot on there but people will beleive what they want to beleive BUT an entry has been put on there by our old advesery Terrie Salone that is a out and out lie and very damaging to HOVAR I have asked her and Jacquie to remove it but no joy. It states that HOVAR is responsible for telling and spreading lies about JP taking money for dogs and other matters she has been talking about. This is totally untrue. We have never said any such thing. I have challenged Terrie Salone to produce the evidence but nothing of course. I beleive someone somewhere in the facebook world has said something like that but that has not come from nor is supported by HOVAR. If any of you are able to access JP's facebook it would be a challenge to you to put this on! I know the large majority of her page followers will not see this but hopefully some people will.
The latest email has been received from Jacqueline Peters (JP). This makes it quite obvious she will no longer cooperate with us. Bear in mind she volunteered to look after HoVAR dogs and knew that this was without payment. However, as you may know, we did pay Roy €450 so that he was able to assist her. It has always been HoVAR policy NOT to pay fosters; other than expenses involved in looking after the dogs. This decision was taken five years ago for two reasons
I. Because we can't afford it.
II. To ensure that people looking after our dogs were doing it for the right reasons and not being motivated by financial gain.
JP has advised us that we will now be charged €3 per day per dog by Barkinside Kennels (used to be HoVAR kennels). This will be back dated to 6 May when she resigned from the Committee. This means she is asking for us, to pay her, approximately €1800 per month . (Our shop currently raises an average of €1500 per month from which €500 is deduced for rent and electricity.) To keep and feed the dogs in kennels which HoVAR provided as a cost to HoVAR of at least €3500. (Money raised by you our supporters). Also personal donations from supporters and Committee amounting to almost €3000. Yet another of our generous supporters paid for workers and equipment.) Using equipment which HoVAR provided. Clearly we cannot and will not do this. We now have to find foster homes for approximately 20 dogs.
This is an appeal to the people of Hondon Valley and surrounding areas. Ask yourself if you can foster a dog until we are able to find it a home. The terms of fostering have been clearly set out in a previous post on the HoVAR Facebook page.
What will happen with future dogs has to be established. For the moment we have to concentrate on the 20 dogs we have to find alternative accommodation for. Please please consider helping. If 20 people adopted or fostered one dog we would solve the current problem.
This post is on our Facebook page because of the urgency of the situation. No comments will be allowed to remain on the Facebook page. However, the same post is displayed on our blog page website hondonvar.com . If you have any comments to make please make them only on the blog page.
Anyone who can assist please email [email protected] or by private message via Facebook or leave your details in the HoVAR shop and you will be contacted.
Through the recent and indeed the odd past problem our shop has continued to function. In spite of the present problems I have been delighted by the help and support expressed by our shop volunteers. Only one of the ten felt it neccessary to resign following the release from JP. The others have been supportive and helped keep me going when I felt like packing it all in. Myself and the committees and the many HOVAR supporters out there realise without your support we could not continue. - Colin
Thank you also to the many people who have spoken to me or other members of the committee personally or through messages etc to offer your support. I know it is difficult for people to get involved in the facebook war but I know we have the support of a lot of people to carry on.
As promised this note is an update to keep HOVAR supporters aware of the actions the committee is taking regarding the licensing of the HOVAR kennels. This note clarifies one or two points that are not at issue, provides some background to the current situation and sets out what HOVAR are proposing as the way forward regarding the kennel license.
From various emails and other posts on social media there seems to have been some confusion regarding the HOVAR committee position on some basic points. For avoidance of doubt we would like to make clear that we think Jacquie and Roy do a fantastic job at the kennels. Additionally everyone on the committee wants to see the HOVAR kennels appropriately licensed for the purposes of animal rescue. The point that is at issue is how we move forward attaining those licenses and the rest of this note sets out the background that HOVAR has proposed to resolve the issues which Jacquie has raised via her face book page.
- The HOVAR kennels were constructed and the dogs re-housed prior to obtaining all of the licenses required to operate a rescue kennels. At the time it was essential to re-home the dogs and, as ever, the welfare of the animals was the primary concern.
- All of the HOVAR committee, Jaquie included, were fully aware and supportive of this decision.
- The issue of licensing was discussed at a HOVAR meeting in January 2014 and Jacquie was given the task of getting the ball rolling on licensing.
- The task to get the licenses was not progressed and remained outstanding 16 months later when Jacquie resigned from the HOVAR committee in May 2015. (The legal status of the kennels was not a concern by Jacquie or anyone else at any HOVAR meeting during that 16 month period.)
- Since her resignation from HOVAR Jacquie has chosen to make licensing of the kennels a major issue.
- The HOVAR committee would of course like to see the kennels appropriately licensed for animal rescue. However, as you may be aware and for reasons unclear to us, Jacquie and Roy have engaged a solicitor and have been advised not to communicate with HOVAR. This makes it difficult to progress the process as quickly as we would like. (The first step is a site survey requiring access to Roy and Jacquie’s land.)
HOVAR proposed way forward:
- The HOVAR committee have written to Jacquie and Roy requesting an architects report (to be paid by HOVAR) which is needed to get the ball rolling. As yet we have not received a decision, despite re requesting one. Clearly if Jacquie and Roy continue to refuse to discuss the matter with HOVAR it will be difficult to progress the issue but we are hopeful that they will agree to speak with us soon.
The HOVAR Committee.
Ps: There has been some confusion caused by our use of the phrase “paid by HOVAR at commercial rates for the work that they do at the kennels” in our earlier post. We are not suggesting that a commercial boarding kennel owner would charge so low a rate. What is meant is that we believe the owners of a commercial kennel would pay their staff around the level HOVAR are paying Jacquie and Roy to do the daily cleaning out of the kennels. (Remember that HOVAR paid for and own the kennels on Jacquie and Roy’s land.) Obviously Jacquie and Roy do far more than just clean out the kennels but the other activities such as time on dog re-homing, vet runs etc have always been understood to be their voluntary contribution to the HOVAR cause. (We do not believe that Jacquie is asking to be paid for this voluntary work so, again, not an issue that is in dispute.)
As you are aware HOVAR raises around €30,000 per year through the efforts of many people who give considerable amounts of their time entirely free of charge. Everyone appreciates the fantastic work Jacquie and Roy do. However, Roy and Jacquie are paid by HOVAR at commercial rates to run the kennels. The facts are as follows.
- When HOVAR was given notice by the previous provider of kennelling services Jacquie and Roy actively lobbied HOVAR to be allowed to run the kennels on their land and an agreement was reached which has operated successfully for the last 18 months.
- The kennels built on Jacquie and Roy’s land was paid for entirely by HOVAR and private donations. Jacquie and Roy did not contribute anything to the costs which were around €5,000
- All food, running expenses, vets bills, transport etc relating to the kennels are met directly by HOVAR.
- In addition to expenses, Jacquie and Roy are paid €450 per month as a fee to run the kennels. Roy and Jacquie have received around €8,000 in payment in total for the work they have done over and above expenses. (It should be noted that the monthly payment to Jackie and Roy is actually slightly higher than that paid to the previous kennels.)
- It should also be noted that this funding continues, in fact Roy collected his latest payment of €450 on Saturday 4th July.
Obviously this is a very difficult time for HOVAR. From a personal perspective, the HOVAR committee have found many of the statements made in recent weeks extremely hurtful, misleading and distressing. However, the primary concerns of the HOVAR committee are the continued welfare of the animals and to ensure that the hard earned money so generously donated to the charity is spent appropriately.
There are clearly a number of issues to be resolved, not least the licensing of the kennels.
Rest assured, the committee are determined to overcome these obstacles.
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for your continued support and we will keep you updated on further developments.
The HOVAR Committee.