Today the future looks brighter for dogs, as the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, officially starts the building work on its first Rehoming Centre in London. Scheduled to open in Spring 2006, it will re-home approximately 2,000 dogs per year, potentially reducing the national average statistic of one stray dog being destroyed every hour in the UK by local authorities*.
The new west London site, conveniently located in Hillingdon, 10 minutes inside the M25 and M40, comprises Grade II listed farmhouse buildings set in 14 acres of land and will house up to 75 canine residents at any one time, as they wait for new homes in the capital.
Over £7.5 million is required to build the new home and unlike other charities, Dogs Trust does not receive funding from the government. Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, comments: "We are looking for a tremendous amount of financial support from the dog-loving public to ensure we can meet our targets. We ask everyone to give as generously as possible so that we can continue our vital work in protecting the nation’s stray and abandoned dogs."
The state-of-the-art facilities at the new Rehoming Centre will include:
- 75 kennels (30 glass-fronted rehoming kennels, 33 admissions kennels, six quarantine kennels and six puppy pens)
- A real-life behaviour suite with one-way glass viewing to ensure residents can be effectively assessed
- An education centre – housed in a converted 17th Century barn – to promote responsible dog ownership to the local community and prospective re-homers
- A training barn to ensure all dogs are suitably well-mannered and content
- A house conversion as some senior staff will be required to live on site to provide 24 hour cover for the dogs
- A veterinary suite for routine veterinary work and neutering
- Spacious, open air exercise paddocks
Fashion designer Bruce Oldfield, patron of Dogs Trust and supporter of the new London Rehoming Centre campaign said: "This is fantastic news for London’s dogs. This new Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre will mean that even more of our local canine community will have the chance to find a happy and loving home, whilst being looked after by dedicated carers in state-of-the-art facilities."
If you wish to support Dogs Trust, please call: 020-7837 0006 or visit: www.dogstrust.org.uk