Help rebuild the lives of pets like Dora
The refurbishment will help dogs like Dora who was cared for by the Hertfordshire rehoming centre for almost a year.
The two year old lurcher was found as a stray and was terrified of people. She would cower in the corner of her kennel or panic and try and look for an escape if anyone approached her.
It took months of expert care and slow and patient training from the team at the centre to help her understand that humans were not to be feared.
Nobody knows what made her so scared, but her incredibly timid behaviour indicated that her past was likely to have been filled with sadness and neglect.
After 294 days of rehabilitation, she went to live in nearby Stevenage with new owners Alison and Peter, and Luca, a seven-year-old greyhound who the couple had rescued many years before. She has made huge progress, making lots of new friends and enjoying trips to the beach, and her loving, affectionate personality is shining through.
The new kennels will support nervous dogs like Dora by giving them an environment where - with help of the team at the centre - they have the very best chance of showing their true characters and improving the chances of finding a new home. Team members will be able to spend more time with the dogs, helping them to learn all about the world. The outdoor runs will mean dogs can feel the sun on their fur and have more time playing and being trained.