Louie French MP welcomed to Dogs Trust Basildon with wagging tails

Louie French MP was greeted with a wagging tail reception at Dogs Trust Basildon during a visit to the centre on Friday 25 March. Mr French was given a tour of the Basildon Rehoming Centre and got to meet some of the dogs who are awaiting their forever homes.

During the visit, led by Centre Manager Kelly McMaster, Mr French met with the centre’s dedicated team as well as their two sponsor dogs, Kazen, a Husky Cross and Paulo, a Labrador Cross.

The visit also provided an opportunity to discuss the charity’s important ongoing work which requires support from the local community. The charity’s foster schemes are a crucial part of the rehoming process for the charity, in which some dogs are placed in temporary homes until they are adopted. Dogs Trust Basildon is currently welcoming applications for foster carers in the area.

Dogs Trust’s nationwide puppy smuggling campaign was also discussed, in which the charity is calling for the Government to urgently update animal welfare laws to stop smugglers taking advantage of an omission that is allowing dogs to be trafficked into the UK.

The charity believes legislation designed to clamp down on puppy smuggling must include the requirement for visual checks of dogs being transported into the country. Evidence from five Dogs Trust undercover investigations into the international smuggling trade identified visual checks as a key measure required to disrupt the industry. At present, ferry or Eurotunnel staff are only required to conduct a ‘document and identity’ check. There is no requirement for staff to see the dog.

Following the visit Centre Manager Kelly McMaster at Dogs Trust Basildon, said:

“It was wonderful to show Mr French behind the scenes at our rehoming centre in Basildon and to introduce him to a number of dogs we are currently looking after, as well as our dedicated team who work incredibly hard taking care of them and finding them their perfect home.” 

Louie French MP, commented:   

"It was a pleasure to visit Basildon Rehoming Centre and to meet not only their dogs but also the excellent team who take care of them and work hard to find them their forever homes. The charity goes above and beyond the needs for each individual dog, with some better suited to a foster home while they await their new families. The fostering scheme is a great initiative and I encourage those who are willing and able to look after a dog to apply to become a foster carer for Dogs Trust Basildon.”

To find out more about adopting a four-legged friend please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming, or for more information about fostering, please visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/fostering