Refurbished Rescue Centre Will Be a Treat for Homeless Dogs
6th March 2013
A rescue centre for unwanted and abandoned dogs near Hull is to be refurbished after East Riding of Yorkshire Council gave the go-ahead to a development project.
Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Gilberdyke is to get a new reception area, staff room and training barn as part of the £100,000 redevelopment.
It will also get two new ‘meet and match’ rooms where potential adopters are matched with homeless dogs in a calm and quiet environment .
Building work is expected to start next month and the project should be completed by the summer. The centre will remain fully open during the works.
The refurbishment will be paid for by donations totalling £13,000 from the V K Rollit Charitable Trust and the Pedigree Adoption Drive and by £50,000 pledged by Jerry Green Dog Rescue itself.
But the charity still needs to raise a further £37,000 to complete the project and is calling on dog lovers to donate £10 to sponsor a brick in the new development.
“We were very pleased to get full planning consent for the project last week and we’re now looking to award the building contracts,” said Howard Bridges, Head of Estates at Jerry Green Dog Rescue.
“The project will redevelop existing buildings and provide us with a new reception area, two new meet and match rooms, two isolation kennels to prevent the spread of disease on site, a new staff room and a new manager’s office.
“We will also be building a new training barn which will provide indoor facilities for staff training, training dogs and dog training schools for members of the public.
“Once it’s finished the refurbishment will provide a much better experience both for the dogs we care for and for visitors, members of staff and volunteers.”
The Gilberdyke rescue centre is one of five belonging to Jerry Green Dog Rescue and was the first to introduce dogs to potential adopters in an area away from the kennels.
This proved to be a highly successful method of rehoming dogs and is now standard procedure at all Jerry Green centres.
If you would like to make a donation to support the development you can pay £10 to sponsor a brick. Send a cheque made out to Jerry Green Dog Rescue to the East Yorkshire Centre, Bennetland Lane, Gilberdyke HU15 2TN or visit www.justgiving.com/JGDR-East-Yorkshire-Appeal
Notes to editors
Jerry Green Dog Rescue was founded in 1961 in Broughton, Lincolnshire and is now one of the UK’s largest dog rescue charities. It has rescue centres in five locations:
- Broughton near Brigg, North Lincolnshire
- Algarkirk near Boston, Lincolnshire
- Blidworth near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
- Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire
- Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Jerry Green Dog Rescue has a caring ethos which puts the dogs in its care at the centre of everything it does. It also operates a unique policy whereby prospective adopters are not shown the dogs in their kennels; instead the charity introduces individual dogs to adopters in a neutral environment which is less stressful for the dogs.
People who offer to rehome a Jerry Green dog do so as adopters, not owners. Jerry Green Dog Rescue retains ownership of its dogs and insists on a number of meetings and home visits before a dog is adopted.
The Charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding. This means it is dependent on the generosity of public and corporate donors and sponsors.