Led by NCDL Kenilworths oldest greyhound, eight year old Fonzie, the first group of 30 greyhounds are leaving Kenilworth this week whilst the Rehoming Centre is completely rebuilt. Kenilworths famous residents are being transferred to the other 15 NCDL Rehoming Centres where they hope to find new homes as soon as possible.
As the greyhounds move out, the builders are moving in. The rebuild is the culmination of years of fundraising and planning and over the next 18 months, NCDL Kenilworth will be transformed into the NCDLs flagship Rehoming Centre with state of the art facilities.
Sandra Wilson, NCDL Kenilworth Manager, explains:
This rebuild is fantastic news for dogs, staff and the local community. The centre may look like a building site for a while, but the good news is that NCDL Kenilworth will still be an operating Rehoming Centre with a reduced number of kennels for the duration of the rebuild.
So, please continue to visit us - we are still open!
Visitors will see huge changes all around the centre. The biggest change will be an end to bars in kennels. Each dog will now live in a glass walled kennel fitted with holes in the glass for the dogs to sniff potential owners. A dogs biggest asset is his nose, so being able to smell passers by is a big plus.
Local residents will be pleased to know that due to the position of the kennels, noise in the surrounding area will also be reduced.
Plans are also set for a brand new training barn as well as the centres very own surgical suite. With a vet visiting regularly, NCDL will be able to neuter dogs on site rather than make regular and costly trips into town.
The public will also have a larger car park and better facilities in reception. With these new plans in place, visiting the Rehoming Centre will be an even more pleasant experience and hopefully encourage more dog lovers to give a dog a home.
NCDL Kenilworth is currently the largest of the 16 NCDL Rehoming Centres with facilities for over 220 rescue dogs. With several greyhound tracks nearby, over a third of all dogs at the centre are ex racing greyhounds. Seeing the greyhounds temporarily move out is a sad affair, but with the new centre set for great things, the future looks bright for NCDL Kenilworth and all the dogs they care for.
Anyone wanting to rehome any of the dogs at NCDL Kenilworth should call the centre on 01926-484398.