Dogs Trust Ilfracombe rebuild gets under way

Joseph Bulmer

Business as normal at centre near West Down as the builders move in alongside the canines.

DOGS TRUST Ilfracombe is not expecting to be “dogged” by disruption despite having the builders in for the next 12 months.

Out-of-date kennels and public facilities at the centre near West Down are to be rebuilt, plus existing structures refurbished and improved with sustainability in mind.

The work will steadily replace the centre’s 46 kennels, many of which are outdated and the charity says, built under different budget constraints at a time when less was known about animal behaviour.

“We are delighted that the centre is being rebuilt as it will mean such a difference to the dogs, staff and visitors,” said manager Pam Stow.

“We may be a little untidy for a while, but the rehoming centre will continue to welcome visitors wanting to rehome dogs and will be rebuilt in phases to ensure minimal disruption. So, please do continue to come along and support us.”

The charity is also keen to reduce its “carbon pawprint” by including solar panels, under floor heating, high levels of insulation and other innovations in the rebuild.

Anyone wishing to rehome a dog can still visit the centre at Hazledene, West Down, near Ilfracombe or call (01271) 812709.

Dogs Trust property director Matt Taylor explained more about the reasons for the rebuild:

“The last 10 years of research, design development and advances in behavioural knowledge have resulted in significant changes and improvements to the design and construction of Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres across the UK,” he said.

“The driving force behind the improvements is the desire to constantly improve the environment for the dogs in our care. Happier dogs results in them being easier to handle and ultimately to rehome.

“As we have a non destruction policy, this is a priority for us.”