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Dogs Trust launches new veterinary suite at Salisbury

FRIDAY JANUARY 20th started out like any other day for Freddie, a 7-month-old rough-coated Jack Russell, but it proved to be anything but, for Freddie was the very first dog to be neutered in the brand new veterinary suite at Dogs Trust Salisbury Rehoming Centre.

Freddie's new owner, John Dalton, was very impressed with the new facilities and not just as a dog owner - Mr Dalton is also a veterinarian.

"I think the new veterinary suite is fabulous. There is no comparison between the previous vet room and the new surgical suite. I'm so impressed; it's a superb facility, I'm green with envy!" Mr Dalton said.

Dogs Trust Salisbury Rehoming Centre is nearing completion of a rebuild, and the modern and spacious veterinary suite is one of the highlights of the new centre. Now, instead of transporting dogs to and from a vet's surgery several miles away, dogs at the Rehoming Centre can be neutered on-site before they are rehomed. After their surgery, dogs will be taken into the recovery room, where they can recuperate in a quiet, sterile environment before returning to their kennels or going home.

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Chris Laurence comments: “Neutering and Microchipping is fundamental to the work of Dogs Trust, so it’s very important that all our 16 Rehoming Centres have the facilities for these procedures to be performed on site. Of course, the only way that we are able to achieve such excellent facilities is through the kindness and generosity of Dogs Trust supporters, so we thank everyone who has contributed to help us achieve such an important facility for our dogs.”

All Dogs Trust dogs are neutered as the charity believes neutering is the kindest way to prevent unwanted litters. Most dogs are neutered before they go to a new home, but in the case of puppies like Freddie, who was rehomed three months ago, their owners can bring them back for neutering when the dog is a suitable age.

Freddie was brought to Dogs Trust as a four-month-old puppy, because his owners found him too much to cope with. But he’s settled in brilliantly with Mr Dalton’s family, which includes 2-year-old Tilly, a smooth-coated Jack Russell, who was also a rescue dog. “The two of them together are magic,” says Mr Dalton.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 12,500 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 16 Rehoming Centres nationwide. The Salisbury Rehoming Centre is open everyday, except Wednesdays from 12pm to 4pm. For further information please contact the centre on 01980 629 634.

For further information on Dogs Trust, please visit our website www.dogstrust.org.uk or contact us on 020 7837 0006.