Just two weeks after opening, Dogs Trust Cardiff has waved a fond farewell to four of its very first residents.
The lucky animals are now settling in with their new families. Appropriately, first out of the starting gate was 18-month-old ex-racing greyhound, Toby. Having retired from the track, he has begun a new life with adopter Julie Smith from Cwmbran.
“After the sad loss of my previous dog, I was looking to bring another four-legged friend into my life,” explains Julie. “I started looking on Dogs Trust’s website and out of all the dogs, Toby (shown below right with Julie and her father) stood out to me – he looked so charming!
“I filled in the application and was so happy to be invited to meet Toby at the brand new rehoming centre in Cardiff. I was so excited on the day and the staff let me walk him, spend time getting to know him and make sure he was right for me, as well as me being right for him.
“Since coming home, he has settled in so well. I live on my own so having him by my side makes the house feel a little less empty and he is the perfect match for me. He enjoys his walks and takes everything in his stride, it’s wonderful seeing him so relaxed and at ease in his new home.”
Three further dogs are also beginning a new chapter in their lives: one-year-old Chihuahua cross, Bertie (main photo), Bryn a two-year old Crossbreed and five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy.
We now have the very best facilities for our dogs in Cardiff
Dogs Trust Cardiff is the charity’s 22nd rehoming centre. PPCT awarded a £19,000 grant towards the ambitious project which provides state-of-the-art facilities for its four-legged-residents on an 8-acre site. These include comfortable, spacious and underfloor heated kennels, dedicated play areas and all-weather exercise paddocks.
“We’re so grateful to Petplan Charitable Trust for their generous support for our new rehoming centre in Cardiff,” says Bryony Mills, Trust and Foundation Teams Manager at Dogs Trust.
“After two years and unforeseen delays due to the events of the last 18 months, the centre is finally open for business and has welcomed its first doggy residents. Thanks to PPCT’s wonderful support we now have the very best of equipment and facilities for our dogs in Cardiff, including a hydrotherapy suite and state of the art rehoming kennels.”
Once Dogs Trust Cardiff is fully operational, the centre will care for and rehome around 1,000 rescue dogs a year.