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Valentine’s Day opening for
‘state of the ‘art’ dog shelter

A STATE-of-the-art shelter for unwanted dogs opened for business this week.

The 115 year old Mayhew Animal Home’s innovative custom-made kennel units are equipped with TVs, showers, carpeting and Ikea furnishings to provide maximum comfort in a stress-free environment.

The units are designed to be a ‘home-from-home’ for the abandoned, neglected and abused dogs of London.

Each unit has inter-connecting doors - for the more friendly dogs to socialise with one another - and a TV/video combo for added stimulation.

In addition, special carpeting has been laid within each unit to add extra warmth, as well as heating air-con and soundproofing to reduce the ‘bark’ level.

To create a more ‘homely’ environment, there are pictures (animals of course!) on the walls (relaxing and stimulating) aromatherapy oil burning and an abundance of toys on offer.

They also have our very own ‘Swedish’ kennel, which has been specially designed by an interior designer from Ikea and don’t miss the Feng Shui canine garden, complete with fountain and Japanese stepping stones.

The kennels are the brainchild of The Mayhew’s very own kennel architect, Animal Care manager Helen Betts, who believes a rescue animal should be given the best possible environment while it waits for a home of its own.

Helen, who also designed The Mayhew’s huge cattery, spent six months working with designers and construction workers on developing the kennel specification. “This has been made possible thanks to a very generous legacy left to the Home. Now the dogs will be considerably less stressed and prospective adopters will meet the dogs in a far more comfortable setting, which can only lead to faster re-homing”.