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Dogs Trust Canterbury celebrates refurbished centre for homeless hounds

Dogs Trust Canterbury officially celebrated its huge refurbishment this week (Tuesday 20th August) with the help of its new CEO Owen Sharp who helped to unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, alongside Rehoming Centre Manager Harriet Blaskett and Dogs Trust Vice Chairman, Philip Daubeny. The special plaque was designed in commemoration of Lilly, one of Dogs Trust Canterbury’s much-loved Sponsor Dogs who recently passed away. 

The rehoming centre, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 has rehomed an astonishing 6,857 dogs in that time and undergone a signification renovation over the last 18 months. The new, state of the art facility boasts spacious kennels, a new intake block, vet suite, landscaping, office space, staff room and a training area. 

The upgraded facilities will enable the Dogs Trust team of Training and Behaviour Advisors and Canine Carers to provide extra rehabilitation for up to 70 canine residents at one time, giving them the time and attention, they need to increase their chances of finding their forever home. Alongside this, the vet suite with full surgical facility will cut the cost of vet trips and enable Dogs Trust to reduce stress by keeping the dogs on site during their procedures.  

Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre Manager, Harriet Blaskett said:  

“All of us at Dogs Trust Canterbury, staff and canines alike, are delighted to be officially re-opening our new rehoming centre. We started the process back in February 2018 and everyone here has worked together to keep the rehoming centre open whilst the building work was underway. It was well worth the upheaval, as the latest rebuild will enable us to rehome even more dogs as better facilities mean happier dogs and more visitors to potentially offer them wonderful new homes.

It was an emotional moment to unveil a plaque to a much-loved dog who holds a very special place in our hearts. Lilly, who was one of our Sponsor Dogs unfortunately passed away in 2017 and is very much missed. That is why it was so fitting to not only unveil a plaque to her, but also to name one of our new walkways ‘Lilly’s Walk’. Lilly always loved walking in that area and we hope that many of our other dogs will enjoy the route as well as the newly rebuilt areas of the centre we unveiled.” 

Dogs Trust CEO, Owen Sharp thanked staff and local supporters for their continued support and generosity.