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Dogs Trust gets a facelift

Angela Constance, MSP, visited Dogs Trust West Calder recently to officially mark the completion of a new structural development, set to help more unwanted and abandoned dogs find new homes.

The £420,000 all-weather, canopy-covered walkways are the latest of several development projects at the West Lothian charity, which already rehomes around 700 abandoned and unwanted dogs each year. The canopies run from reception to each of the kennel blocks and will help protect visitors, staff and canine residents from the Scottish elements.

The charity hopes easier visiting conditions will encourage more visitors looking to rehome a dog, while providing staff with a safer, more comfortable work environment. In 2008 there were approximately 4250 visitors to the centre and over 530 dogs were rehomed.

Rehoming Centre Manager Susan Tonner said: “Given the regular wind and rain we get in this area the canopies will make a real difference for our staff, visitors and dogs. We hope visitors will now be able to linger, spending more time with our canine residents so no dog gets overlooked.”
Ms Constance was joined by Dogs Trust Chairman Philip Daubeny and Chief Executive Clarissa Baldwin, who presented three local volunteers with special awards for their dedication to dog welfare. Lynne Millar, of Currie, Midlothian, joined Harold and Margaret Crawford of Livingston in collecting the prestigious awards today.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO, explains: ‘The Dogs Trust Bronze Volunteering Award honours volunteers who have donated over 1,000 hours of their time to help their local Rehoming Centre.’

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