I have always believed the redevelopment of the Rescue Centre would be the Society`s greatest challenge to date. That certainly proved to be the case.
However, at long last, I am delighted to be able to say that Building Control have signed off the work and we have moved in. The new Rescue Centre is now open for business – what an amazing milestone this is for the Society.
Our sincere thanks go to so many people over the years; their vision and hard work have got us to where we are now. Our members, staff, trustees and friends have shown an unwavering love of dogs and, by supporting our rescue and rehoming work, have demonstrated a deep commitment to help those in most need; we couldn’t be more grateful and hope you feel the new Centre fulfils all the promises we made to you at the beginning of this project.
As you may remember, very rapid progress was seen in the early stages as the site was cleared, the ground works team moved in and the walls of the new buildings began to rise. Once weather proofed with a sophisticated roof design and windows, further work began inside in earnest. This was less obvious to visitors but included a network of integrated systems for heating, lighting, mains and ‘grey’ water provision and waste disposal, together with the installation of fire alarms, intruder alerts, resin finishes for the kennel walls and floors, tiling, decorating, office flooring, … the list went on and on.
Last year we launched our Metre of Mesh campaign to raise £40,000 towards completion of the mesh work, one of the final stages in Phase 1 of the redevelopment. Again, thanks to the amazing generosity of members, the public and Support Adoption for Pets, we reached our target and instruction for the installation of the remaining mesh was given. We have also finalised other remaining items such as the disabled access and emergency exits in the past months. Further thanks go to our volunteers who have assisted us with so much of this additional work; Mike Ellis for making our trellis and planters, Paul and Ann for providing plants, Callum and Antony for assisting with landscaping, Joyce for moving over fund raising materials and dog records and many others. Some temporary landscaping has been put in place prior to moving onto Phase 2 which involves demolition of the old facilities, setting up training facilities and final landscaping – a condition of our planning permission.
With all this effort, we have created a superb facility for housing the dogs (see the report From Rescue Centre for further details) and we have just transferred all the office and administrative aspects of the charity to the central hub to complete the relocation.
This is not the end of the story. There is so much more we want to achieve for dogs in need and so, with your support, we will continue to help in whatever we can.