£7.5m state-of-the art Dogs Trust rehoming centre opens in Basildon to look after rescue dogs

Echo: Bailey with Mayor Mo Larkin Bailey with Mayor Mo Larkin

RESCUE puppies led the celebrations as the eagerly-awaited £7.5million Dogs Trust Essex Rehoming Centre was opened after 15 months of building work.

More than 120 guests attended the official opening of the new centre, off the A127 at Wickford, with staff and volunteers of Dogs Trust Essex and schoolchildren from North Crescent Primary inWickford.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and Dogs Trust Essex is the charity’s 20th rehoming centre.

The centre, designed by leading architects Bennetts Associates, is state-of-the-art and will care for about 1,000 rescue dogs a year adding to the 17,000 currently cared for by the charity.

The new centre has been designed using ten years of research, design development and advances in behavioural knowledge.

With dedicated training and behavioural advisers, a rehabilitation centre, and even a hydrotherapy pool, dogs of all shapes and sizes will be offered all the help they need to find a new home.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be finally opening Dogs Trust Essex.

“We have been searching for a suitable site in the county for over 15 years and today our dream has become a reality.

“We know a new rehoming centre in the region is very much needed.

“There were more than 5,000 stray dogs collected by local authorities in the Anglia area last year alone and for the first time in 21 years there are more dogs than cats in the UK.”

Dogs Trust Essex rehoming centre manager, Maria Wickes, added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from local people. both in wanting to work for the charity, donating items, volunteering, raising funds and adopting rescue dogs.

"So, thank you everyone for your support. We hope to be able to care for a thousand dogs a year at Dogs Trust Essex, so the future is looking brighter for dogs in the region."

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10:40am Thu 5 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....
How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities.... Jack222
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11:23am Thu 5 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Jack222 wrote:
How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....
The Dogs' Trust is a charity, relying on money donated by people who want to help dogs. People choose which charity they which to support - if they choose this one, then accept it and don't suggest their money should be spent on another charity just you support it!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....[/p][/quote]The Dogs' Trust is a charity, relying on money donated by people who want to help dogs. People choose which charity they which to support - if they choose this one, then accept it and don't suggest their money should be spent on another charity just you support it! I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 7

11:25am Thu 5 Jun 14

bellabear1 says...

Jack222 wrote:
How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....
This is an important charity dogs end up homeless and abused because of humans the least we can do is to give them the best life we can if everyone had a heart then they wouldn't need a place like this. There is plenty of help out there for other charities
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....[/p][/quote]This is an important charity dogs end up homeless and abused because of humans the least we can do is to give them the best life we can if everyone had a heart then they wouldn't need a place like this. There is plenty of help out there for other charities bellabear1
  • Score: 8

11:38am Thu 5 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....
If you give them a home for a month then cull them there will always be strays to replace them so the cost won't be any less.

You really haven't thought this through have you?

Tell me do you fund raise for charity at all? If so which ones?

I have just fundraised for the Women's refuge and next on my list are doing the Colorthon for RNIB and a 26 mile trek for the Alzheimer's society. What about you?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....[/p][/quote]If you give them a home for a month then cull them there will always be strays to replace them so the cost won't be any less. You really haven't thought this through have you? Tell me do you fund raise for charity at all? If so which ones? I have just fundraised for the Women's refuge and next on my list are doing the Colorthon for RNIB and a 26 mile trek for the Alzheimer's society. What about you? Kim Gandy
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11:41am Thu 5 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

I noticed the nasty comments on this story last night (same subject separate story).

I wonder how many of the usual critics and naysayers actually raise money for charities themselves.

As usual talking down the efforts of others but offering nothing themselves. As is typical of this website. Criticise those who do but don't do it themselves.
I noticed the nasty comments on this story last night (same subject separate story). I wonder how many of the usual critics and naysayers actually raise money for charities themselves. As usual talking down the efforts of others but offering nothing themselves. As is typical of this website. Criticise those who do but don't do it themselves. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

11:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I noticed the nasty comments on this story last night (same subject separate story).

I wonder how many of the usual critics and naysayers actually raise money for charities themselves.

As usual talking down the efforts of others but offering nothing themselves. As is typical of this website. Criticise those who do but don't do it themselves.
Are you a bit of a charity case Gandy?

You dont have a job.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I noticed the nasty comments on this story last night (same subject separate story). I wonder how many of the usual critics and naysayers actually raise money for charities themselves. As usual talking down the efforts of others but offering nothing themselves. As is typical of this website. Criticise those who do but don't do it themselves.[/p][/quote]Are you a bit of a charity case Gandy? You dont have a job. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

12:12am Fri 6 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....
If you give them a home for a month then cull them there will always be strays to replace them so the cost won't be any less.

You really haven't thought this through have you?

Tell me do you fund raise for charity at all? If so which ones?

I have just fundraised for the Women's refuge and next on my list are doing the Colorthon for RNIB and a 26 mile trek for the Alzheimer's society. What about you?
I thought the thing about charity donation was it was supposed to be done on the quiet and not blazed via a boastful post on a newspapers comment section...sums you up to a tee doesn't it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: How much money was spent? Are there not more important matters in the world? Yes there is - give them a home for a month and if no-one claims them or wants them then put them down. Put the money saved to more important charities....[/p][/quote]If you give them a home for a month then cull them there will always be strays to replace them so the cost won't be any less. You really haven't thought this through have you? Tell me do you fund raise for charity at all? If so which ones? I have just fundraised for the Women's refuge and next on my list are doing the Colorthon for RNIB and a 26 mile trek for the Alzheimer's society. What about you?[/p][/quote]I thought the thing about charity donation was it was supposed to be done on the quiet and not blazed via a boastful post on a newspapers comment section...sums you up to a tee doesn't it. ThisYear
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