Dogs Trust Newbury re-opens its doors for homeless hounds
Dogs Trust Newbury officially re-opened yesterday (Thursday 18th January) with the help of special guests and other VIPs including Deputy Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Margo Payne.
The rehoming centre, which originally opened 44 years ago in 1974, has undergone a massive renovation over the last 18 months. The new, state-of-the-art facility boasts spacious kennels with underfloor heating, a new vet room, specialist training and behaviour facilities, dedicated play areas and all-weather exercise paddocks set within the Berkshire countryside in Hampstead Marshall.
Attending the official re-opening were; Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder, Dogs Trust Chairman Graeme Robertson, Deputy Mayor of Newbury Cllr Margo Payne, the staff and volunteers of Dogs Trust Newbury and local school children from Welford and Wickham Primary School in Newbury.
Dogs Trust Newbury’s Rehoming Centre Manager, Nicki Barrow, said:
“All of us at Dogs Trust Newbury, staff and canines alike, are delighted to be officially re-opening our newly upgraded rehoming centre. We started the process back in July 2016 and it’s fantastic to see it all come together. We have the capacity to care for 80 dogs, and during their stay, they will be able to make the most of state-of-the-art kennels and training and behaviour facilities whilst they await their new homes.
“Because Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog to sleep, some of the dogs in our care can be with us for a while, so it’s crucial for us that they are safe, comfortable and stimulated throughout their time. This new centre ensures this for every single dog, no matter their shape or size.”
The centre's key features include:
- 38 kennels with underfloor heating with the capacity to care for up to 80 dogs at one time
- 8 outdoor exercise paddocks
- Specialist facilities for dogs who need more dedicated training and behaviour care and attention including a real-life room
- A new training hall which provides a quiet space for staff to work with their dogs All-weather facilities
- Brand new veterinary room for on-site check-ups
- Upgraded puppy kennels so even more young dogs can have the care and attention they need away from the hustle and bustle of kennel life.
- Upgraded reception area to ensure a better visitor experience and more comfortable staff areas
Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder thanked staff and local supporters for their continued support and generosity.