It’s been a running joke with Amanda Fraser-Jones and her friends that every year is her 21st birthday, but this year is a little different. Instead of receiving gifts, Amanda is using this 21st birthday to raise money for her favourite charity, Chained Dog Rehabilitation and Rehoming NZ (CDRRNZ).
Amanda got involved in rescue many years ago when she became a dog mum to Poppy, an ex-backyard breeding dog.
“To see how she was treated horrified and upset me, so I started looking for ways that I could help make a difference in dogs’ lives.
“I wanted to start my own rescue so I could make a real difference, so I started CDRRNZ with a bunch of amazing humans.”
Poppy unfortunately passed late last year, and Amanda says she was the smallest dog with the biggest heart.
“Her presence is still felt deeply and inspires me every day to keep helping those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Chained Dog Rehabilitation and Rehoming is a registered charity that is fighting to end the life-chaining of dogs in New Zealand. They’re a non-judgemental rescue that exists to help change the lives of our furry friends who cannot speak for themselves. CCDRNZ rescues all sorts of dogs — big and small, young and old, some with serious medical conditions — and helps as many as they can. CDRRNZ wants to empower people to become better dog owners, and give them the tools to do so.
CDRRNZ helps hundreds of dogs a year throughout New Zealand, including life-chained dogs, dogs that they re-home, and community dogs they assist.
- $10 buys a dog 5 meals — and means 5 full bellies!
- $25 buys a dog a microchip — so if anything happens, a dog can be found and identified
- $50 buys a Parvovirus vaccination — so no dog has to suffer needlessly
Amanda says she’s very happy to be receiving donations to support CDRRNZ through the birthday registry she set up at The Good Registry, and hopes her friends and family will get involved.
“I loved setting up a birthday registry, as it is an opportunity to raise money for something dear to my heart, and also raises awareness at the same time.”
Amanda says every cent raised helps a dog in care, whether it be a vet treatment, desexing, feeding, training, or giving them a toy they’ve never had.
CDRRNZ is always looking for foster homes for dogs, as it allows them to help more dogs.
“All support is provided, and everything is paid for. All you give is love, training, exercise and boundaries. It’s a priceless experience knowing you helped a dog get their happy ever after,” says Amanda.
For her birthday, Amanda is planning to relax and hang out with her partner and dogs. She also hopes to see her grandson Mason, as they share the same birthday.
You can also set up your own registry, for your birthday or special event here.