Macey WAGs Off meningitis

17th August 2018

A rescue dog who has fought back from meningitis has become the mascot for our latest fundraising campaign

Macey WAG Off Meningitis

Macey, a five-year-old lurcher who is currently being cared for near our Stroud-based Head Office, will be the ambassador for our new virtual event, WAG Off Meningitis (Walk and Give), starting in October.

Our staff were moved by Macey’s story and wanted to do something to make her feel special. 

Personalised bandanna

Our Community Fundraisers Leah Wynn and Sophia Lanciano visited Macey at her foster home to say hello and present her with a personalised Meningitis Now dog bandana.

Sophia said, “We were so sorry to hear that Macey had been ill with meningitis – many people do not realise that dogs can get this devastating disease too."

“It’s so good that she has made such a good recovery thanks to the wonderful care she’s received from her foster carer Ali Robinson and the Forever Hounds Trust."

Joining forces to fight back

“It seemed only fitting that as a locally-based charity we should join forces with Macey to fight back against this disease and we’re delighted to have her on the team as the face of our new campaign.”

Wag Off Meningitis will build on the success of our recent Jog On Meningitis, a virtual event where people grab their trainers and run, jog or walk 50km over 50 days and raise £50 in sponsorship. The idea is that now people can take part in a similar event alongside their dog.

“The important part”, Sophia added, “is that every penny raised will help us save lives and rebuild the futures of those affected by meningitis."

A wag in every tail

“That’s a good enough reason to put a spring in any step and a wag in every tail.”

Ali Robinson, who has been caring for Macey while a forever home is found, added, “Macey is a very sweet and loving lurcher who is looking for a home of her own."

“At the moment she has us very well trained to provide at least three major hugs a day."

“Macey enjoys her walks and is gradually increasing her fitness again. She is becoming more confident daily."

“She will add sparkle and joy to anyone’s life and will make the most amazing pet.”

If you would like to offer Macey a home of her own call Forever Hounds Trust on 03000 111 100 or email

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News hot off the press on 29 August is that Macey has found her new forever home! She'll be relocating to Shropshire and everyone at Meningitis Now is delighted and wishes her well for the future. We're hoping to stay in touch with Macey as our Wag Off Meningitis initiative gets underway.