Dogs Trust rebuild project reaches half-way mark.

DOGS Trust Ilfracombe has reached the half-way mark in its project to rebuild out-of-date kennels and public facilities at its centre near West Down.

The work to replace the centre’s 46 kennels began in January and this week, five-year-old Collie, Harry, and some of his canine friends, have been moving into one of two brand new re-homing blocks.

Centre manager, Pam Stow said: “Although we aren’t expecting the building work to be fully completed until March 2013, we are delighted that some of our rescue dogs have been able to move into the two new re-homing blocks this week.

“The centre still looks like a building site and we have a long way to go with demolition of old kennels and the building of new kennels, but the end is in sight.

“We are still open for re-homing, so please don’t be put off by the rubble and do pop in and visit us.”

The rebuild will soon incorporate improvements inspired by more than 10 years of research, design development and advances in canine behavioural knowledge.

It will feature glass fronted, angled re-homing kennels with high-level insulation, under-floor heating and plenty of natural daylight.

The centre hopes the improvements will make for happier dogs that are easier to handle and ultimately re-home.