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Having a splashing time!
Dogs Trust Canterbury’s four-legged day trippers head off to Tankerton Slopes

Staff at Dogs Trust Canterbury have set aside Friday afternoons for a very special outing for the Rehoming Centre’s canine residents. To help bring some fun to the dogs while they wait for permanent new homes, staff are organising doggy-days-out to Tankerton Slopes, where the packs of four-legged day trippers will have a chance to stretch their paws and brave the British weather for a quick paddle in the sea.

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, never destroys a healthy dog, and although the charity works tirelessly to find new homes for the dogs in its care, some dogs, such as older dogs or those with health conditions, can be harder to rehome. For these intelligent animals, the months spent waiting for the right new family can be a lonely and frustrating time. Staff thought the trips to the seaside would help alleviate any stress or boredom that dogs may suffer from – and so far the outings have been a huge success. The band of merry mutts have even been making new friends with the many dogs and owners they meet on their travels!

Dogs Trust Canterbury Assistant Manager, Allison Nichols said:

‘Here at Dogs Trust we take great pride in going the extra mile for the animals in our care. We don’t just see ourselves as a rehoming facility for stray and abandoned dogs but strive to enhance and improve the quality of their life during the time they spend with us. This is especially important for our longer-term residents, those who need a little extra care and attention, or those who find it hard coping in a kennel environment. For dogs such as these, their weekly outings to the beach provide more than just a change of scenery; they give the dogs a change of heart.’

Dogs Trust Canine Carer, Craig Towell told us:

‘These trips have been particularly beneficial to Shipley, a five year old male Lurcher who came to us as a stray. He is such a friendly lad and is finding kennel life very stressful, so having the opportunity to get off-site to meet new dogs and their owners is a great source of fun for him.

‘Clyde, a four year old male crossbreed, is also finding kennel life hard. The beach visits are a great source of release for him and he especially loves retrieving his toys from the sea.

‘Moonlight, another Lurcher who is only 12 months old is also a big fan of stretching out on the beach. She is extremely sociable and playful and would love to be placed with an active, fun family.’

If you’re interested in giving a home to Shipley, Clyde or Moonlight, please call the Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre on 01227 792505.