Sammy qualifies

small_Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 10.26.53.pngYou may recall Sammy who went to the Police for training, she passed her training on Thursday and is now licensed for fire arm searches.

Here she is working this week..... well done Sammy.

Like all of our dogs Sammy joined us as a stray, lost and abandoned, we don't receive any Government or Lottery funding so rely on the generosity of public support to help us do what we do.

Maly has found her Partner

small_Maly.jpgMaly, has found her partner, a young eight year old with complex needs and epilepsy.

Maly came to us as stray and through our open paw program has been identified as capable of being an assistance dog. Over 7,000 people in the UK rely on an assistance dog to help with practical tasks. She now needs putting through her paces and specialised training to provide specific needs, we anticipate this will take three months.

Open Paw

We are taking up the challenge to build on the good work we do at the home, implementing more of the work under the "Open Paw" training program as featured recently on BBC Radio 5 live. Over the course of this year, volunteers, staff and visitors will be playing more of an active role.

Open Paw is a program developed for dogs in rescue centres. It was founded in 2000, Dr Ian Dunbar and his wife, then taken up by rescue shelters in America. In the UK, the National Animal Welfare Trust commenced the program last July in one of its centres, rolling out the program to all four of its locations this year.

The program is to provide shelter dogs with the enrichment, training and social skills they will need to make them more re-homeable and to enable them to successfully settle into life in their new homes

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