Razzbri Digital support local Canterbury charity Dogwatch

By: Jessica and Gemma 27 Aug, 2018

This year we will be exhibiting at The Canterbury Tech Summit, which is the South Island’s largest annual tech conference that brings together leaders in innovation, technology and business to share ideas, grow their networks and be inspired.

We can’t wait to be part of this incredible event that attracts over 700 likeminded people. This year’s theme is “Amplify”, which we can certainly relate to as we are constantly growing and developing as a business as we expand and share our digital knowledge with others.

We wanted to make our Canterbury Tech Summit experience meaningful in more ways than one, but how? We sat down as a team and talked about what we’re passionate about, Digital – check, Tech- check, talking to people – check – all of these things come in hand with what we do here at Razzbri Digital but how could we really set out to make a difference?

The team were really keen to give back to a great cause, and we thought as we help digital talent find the best jobs, why not help find dogs in need a loving home by supporting a local dog charity. We will be supporting Dogwatch, they are a local Canterbury charity that rescues and re-homes dogs and puppies who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in pounds across Canterbury.

We love animals and our office is a pet friendly space, so if we could we would adopt them all, but unfortunately our office simply isn’t big enough. So, how have we decided to help support this awesome charity?

If you’re attending the Tech Summit, come visit us as we will donate $4 for every new LinkedIn or Instagram follower we receive on Summit day! Remember, every follower counts!*

We sat down with Kelly – Manager at Dogwatch to find out a little bit more about the charity and why it’s so Im’paw’tant to support dogs in need. 

Tell us about Dogwatch and what you set out to do?

Dogwatch was established in 1982 for the rescue and rehoming of abandoned pound dogs. We now rescue dogs from 4 Canterbury pounds: Christchurch, Waimak, Selwyn and Ashburton. Once a dog is in our care we have them vaccinated, desexed, registered and microchipped and also meet any other needs they may have on arrival. We then assess them on an ongoing basis and are here to match their needs to a suitable owner/family. While the dogs are in our care they are well looked after, being cared for by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who make sure they are well loved.

How many dogs do you rescue on average?  

150-200 dogs a year

What does peoples donations go towards?

The general running of the adoption centre. Vet expenses, running costs (power, phone, insurance, vehicle costs, wages etc)

How many dogs have you helped into loving homes so far?

We have rescued thousands of dogs over our 35 years of operation.

How else can people help Dogwatch?

People can help Dogwatch in many ways. They can volunteer their time, donate money, donate dog related goods, donate quality second hand goods for the second hand shop, spread the word about Dogwatch and the importance of responsible dog ownership i.e. desexing, registration and microchipping. They can buy our merchandise, we have some really cool paw decals and have recently started selling fundraising t-shirts and hoodies and doing their own fundraising just like Razzbri Digital.

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Check out our other blog post with Genevieve McLachlanManaging Director of Wellington based company Adaptive Technology Solutions here, where she talks about the importance of assistive technology.