Homeless dogs saved from the pound can stay at a welcoming halfway house thanks to a rescue charity’s £15,000 cash injection.
Rain Rescue in South Yorkshire has won the funding from Pedigree after beating off competition from hundreds of other centres across the UK.
Volunteers are planning to use the money to transform some of their buildings into a quiet and relaxing place for new dogs to stay once they start the rehoming process.
Centre manager Jacquie Neilson said: “When dogs come out of the pound some of them they are very stressed. It is a noisy, busy environment.
“A lot of them are elderly and putting them straight into a kennel environment is not the best thing for them, it doesn’t help their rehabilitation. The buildings that we have are draughty and old, they need a new roof and to be made waterproof and warm.
“This money will help us help 300 dogs a year, which is an absolutely massive amount and how many we do now, but with better quality facilities.”
Rain Rescue – or Rescue Animals In Need – was set up in 2002 and primarily steps in to save dogs at risk of being destroyed when pounds become too full to keep them any longer.
Over the years Jacquie and her team have cared for thousands of cats and dogs, many which arrive with medical problems or pregnant. There are currently 22 dogs at its rescue house on Samson Street, Norfolk Park, Sheffield.
Jacquie added: “It is a massive deal for us to get this money – so many people will have applied. But Pedigree know the work that we do and how bad the situation is in South Yorkshire with stray and abandoned dogs. Last year they provided us with food for our dogs, which also helps reduce their stress, and they have agreed to do the same this year. We would like to say thank you to Pedigree for their help.”
The grant comes from Pedigree Brighter Futures, an initiative that assists rescue centres by providing much needed grants and food, and also works to raise awareness of the UK’s issue of dog abandonment.