At a committee meeting of the Tibetan Mastiff Club of Great Britain, held before the AGM on 21st July 2019. It was agreed, after much discussion and deliberation, to dissolve the Tibetan Mastiff Rescue Sub Committee.  

This has come about due to the sub-committee refusing to engage in dialogue with the main committee and report to them. Over the past couple of years, it has become evident that the sub-committee do not consider themselves to be part of the Tibetan Mastiff Club, and despite several attempts by the main committee to engage in constructive conversation they have refused to do so. Also, the people serving on the sub-committee have not renewed their membership subscriptions to the main club.

The Tibetan Mastiff Club now have no other option than to take Rescue back under control of the main committee and appoint a “Breed Rescue Liaison Officer”.  This was unanimously agreed to appoint our President, Richard Gardiner into this position. Richard ran the breed rescue for approximately twelve years previously and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK on the Tibetan Mastiff breed.

Richard will kindly once again, offer his kennelling facilities at Glasfryn Kennels to be used as breed rescue kennels as the need arises. As Richard together with his staff have over 80yrs combined experience dealing with the Tibetan Mastiff, it makes sense to move the rescue to their premises. On site at Glasfryn Kennels there is a behaviourist / trainer, used to handling Tibetan Mastiffs, and also an onsite groomer who is used to bathing and grooming TM’s to show standards.

Richard will offer all these facilities to the Tibetan Mastiff club free of charge with the Club only paying for any required vets fees and travelling expenses for volunteers helping out in the transportation of TM’S around the country, as and when required.

Richard will be supported by, his kennel manageress, Emma Maule, and the whole committee and a band of volunteers around the country to transport any TM that needs rescuing.

There will be no “public fund raising”, something the main committee has always been against, as this puts the breed in a “bad light” to the general public. It is proposed that £1 of every entry fee at the club’s spring and autumn show be “allocated to rescue”. We also propose to hold auctions at both our shows to raise money. Of course, donations will also be gratefully received.

This was presented to the AGM where it gained unanimous support from those present.

If you feel you could become a volunteer to help collect any TM that is in need of rescuing, or wish to donate, or donate an item for auction then please contact the Club Secretary Cath Davies.                   Email:  [email protected]

May we take this opportunity to thank all our members for your continued support.

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Cath Davies Secretary