New Dog’s Trust building to open in Wickford
The Dog’s Trust has moved a step closer to opening a new £7.2 million kennel building, after 10 years of fundraising for the project.
The Essex branche’s new kennels are set to open in June, providing a safe and loving environment for abandoned dogs in the area.
The new kennels are built on 13 acres of farmland and have been designed to minimize the stress of the animals that will make the kennels their home.
Around 120 dogs will be accommodated at the kennels whose staff hope that they will be able to successfully rehome 1,000 dogs annually.
Speaking of the project, project surveyor Paul Wass 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 building was built with eco-friendly values at the forefront. The building is powered by solar panels and heated with energy saving underfloor heating. This will mean that a higher percentage of donations can be spent on making life better for abandoned dogs.
Every kennel in the new building will be fitted with glass front walls and only half of the kennel floors will be heated, allowing the dogs to choose the most comfortable position for them. There will also be a special welcome room and animal behaviour room, to ensure dogs are stress-free and well looked after during their stay at the Nevendon Road kennels.