Work at rescue centre begins
Extension will mean 40 more kennels
to care for and re-home more dogs.
Chairman David Lewis said: “We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has enabled us to achieve this milestone. It is an unprecedented time in the history of the society and means we will be able to do even more for dogs in need of our help.”
Fundraiser at the society Karen New added: “Everything’s going smoothly so far. The existing kennels will VOLUNTEERS at an animal charity are ‘delighted’ after building work has started on an extension that they have dreamed for years.
Last year, Chilterns Dog Rescue Society was granted planning permission to redevelop the Rescue Centre.
A contract has now been signed with Priory Gate Limited, which has worked on a number of similar-sized projects including one at Whipsnade Zoo, and building work is now under way.
The construction will take about nine months to complete and will create 40 purpose-built kennels which will have things like underfloor heating for the dogs as well as wipe down services to make looking after them easier and quicker for staff, meaning they can use their time more ‘efficiently’.
The charity currently has 25 kennels, so the extension will enable it stay in situ while we build the new kennels, so we’ll be open as normal and this will not affect how we run, we’ll still be rehoming dogs.
“This is something we wanted to make the public aware of, that we’re staying open and nothing really is going to change from the public’s point of view.”
Once the new kennels are ready the dogs will move into them and the old ones will be demolished.
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BUILDING WORK STARTS: (From left) Barry Morgan, Priory Gate Ltd and puppy Danny; Sara Muncke and dog Nettie; David Lewis, chairman Chilterns Dog Rescue Society; Belinda Stringer and dog Jackie; Steve Cherry, surveyor Chilterns Dog Rescue Society, Steve Jackson and dog Smokey, Kevin Patrick, architect Design House