Dog's Trust opening £7.2million kennels in Wickford

Dog's Trust opening £7.2million kennels in Wickford

Dog's Trust opening £7.2million kennels in Wickford

Dog's Trust opening £7.2million kennels in Wickford

Dog's Trust opening £7.2million kennels in Wickford

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NEW £7.2million kennels for abandoned dogs are nearing completion after a ten-year fundraising effort.

The Essex branch of charity the Dogs’ Trust is set to open in June.

Set in 13 acres of former farmland, everything in the grounds has been designed to be low stress for the animals, and train them to be perfect pets.

The charity will be able to house about 120 dogs at any one time, and hopes to rehome 1,000 dogs a year.

Paul Wass, project surveyor, said: “It’s all about bringing in what would be scared and unhappy animals to an environment where they can settle down and get used to people.

“It’s a very relaxed environment.”

The eco-friendly building will be solar powered, and has been fitted with underfloor heating.

Lights will be controlled by the amount of daylight coming into the building.

Each kennel is a pet palace, with glass front walls to see into the reception, and half of the floor is heated and half is cold so every dog can choose where to lie down, depending on their mood.

The site in Nevendon Road, Wickford, includes a dedicated building to welcome, dogs so they are not stressed being around other dogs, and a special animal behaviour room with its own viewing gallery, so the public can see the dogs in training.

When it comes to play, the dogs have a choice of sand or Astroturf to run around in. The grounds also include 3km of footpaths to walk dogs.

Landscaped areas will give the appearance that nearby woodlands have been extended.

About 700 residents have already registered an interest in volunteering, while the centre hopes to have 50 or 60 regular volunteers.

An education officer will be one of 33 staff employed with the charity and it will be their job to reach out across the county with advice for dog owners.

Mr Wass added: “There’s a known problem with stray dogs in the area.

“There are already centres here, but they are at maximum capacity. If we can help with that to get dogs into homes that is great, because this is a community effort.

“Now we are coming into Essex we can share our knowledge. We have a vast amount of behavioural experience and we will be able to share that with kennels or dog owners.

“I am very excited about completing this project on time and on budget. It will be to the highest standard and quality. It’s been an enjoyable project to work on.”

For information about the Dogs’ Trust, including recruitment opportunities, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

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7:26am Mon 27 Jan 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

I wish them all the best.
I wish them all the best. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 24

8:25am Mon 27 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's great to see such a proliferation of solar panels on this development.
It's great to see such a proliferation of solar panels on this development. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

9:09am Mon 27 Jan 14

ZoonPolitikon says...

In comparison, funding by the British greyhound racing industry for the homing of non-graders/ex-racer
s is just 1.4 million. Makes you think. The plight of the greyhound is covered in a new 155-page publication free to access on the internet: Behind the Lights, the Tote and the Non-starters. The position of the Dogs Trust (in relation to greyhound racing) is given mention in chapters 12 and 14.
In comparison, funding by the British greyhound racing industry for the homing of non-graders/ex-racer s is just 1.4 million. Makes you think. The plight of the greyhound is covered in a new 155-page publication free to access on the internet: Behind the Lights, the Tote and the Non-starters. The position of the Dogs Trust (in relation to greyhound racing) is given mention in chapters 12 and 14. ZoonPolitikon
  • Score: -6

9:22am Mon 27 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

They will be trained to be the perfect pets. Then how about potential owners being trained to be perfect owners.

Then we might see a few less dogs cr@pping on pavements while their owners pretend not to notice.
They will be trained to be the perfect pets. Then how about potential owners being trained to be perfect owners. Then we might see a few less dogs cr@pping on pavements while their owners pretend not to notice. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 12

10:21am Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Makes for a good detention centre....
Makes for a good detention centre.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 4

11:24am Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
They will be trained to be the perfect pets. Then how about potential owners being trained to be perfect owners.

Then we might see a few less dogs cr@pping on pavements while their owners pretend not to notice.
Whilst walking a dog, they do have to go, and with the best will in the world can deliver a quick payload, out of sight of the owner, which is by the way, el natural
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: They will be trained to be the perfect pets. Then how about potential owners being trained to be perfect owners. Then we might see a few less dogs cr@pping on pavements while their owners pretend not to notice.[/p][/quote]Whilst walking a dog, they do have to go, and with the best will in the world can deliver a quick payload, out of sight of the owner, which is by the way, el natural You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -6

11:59am Mon 27 Jan 14

andyh says...

The headline implies that the opening is imminent - then reading the story we discover it is nearly 6 months away. Yeah, hot news!
The headline implies that the opening is imminent - then reading the story we discover it is nearly 6 months away. Yeah, hot news! andyh
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

robb789 says...

You can take home any breed you like as long as its a Staffy.
You can take home any breed you like as long as its a Staffy. robb789
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

God knows how they got council approval to build this on the green belt land I said I lost the view of that lovely wood from the car driving into Wickford

Basildon Council planning committee members must great Christmas gifts from the developers
God knows how they got council approval to build this on the green belt land I said I lost the view of that lovely wood from the car driving into Wickford Basildon Council planning committee members must great Christmas gifts from the developers JoeBlogs2
  • Score: 0

3:42pm Mon 27 Jan 14

whateverhappened says...

Meanwhile at home i have to make do with light switches, radiators one temperature flooring and only a choice of grass to play on.. talk about overkill
Meanwhile at home i have to make do with light switches, radiators one temperature flooring and only a choice of grass to play on.. talk about overkill whateverhappened
  • Score: -6

4:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Gridlock2 says...

This building work is for such a great cause and wish them all the best - unlikely that huge monstrosity and disgrace that is being built the other side of the A127!
This building work is for such a great cause and wish them all the best - unlikely that huge monstrosity and disgrace that is being built the other side of the A127! Gridlock2
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Microchipping of all dogs compulsory in England from 6 April 2016. Places like this will be able to trace previous owners and send them the bill.
Microchipping of all dogs compulsory in England from 6 April 2016. Places like this will be able to trace previous owners and send them the bill. Nebs
  • Score: 7

3:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

What a total and utter waste of money! There are plenty of empty properties within the vicinity they could have moved into without spending that horrendous amount of money on a brand new build, when there are enough homeless people out there, let alone dogs!
What a total and utter waste of money! There are plenty of empty properties within the vicinity they could have moved into without spending that horrendous amount of money on a brand new build, when there are enough homeless people out there, let alone dogs! TheEssexWay
  • Score: -2

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