Established in 1891, Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. It cares for 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs every year across its network of 20 rehoming centres.
Since 2013, Dogs Trust has received £1,953,185 from players of People's Postcode Lottery. This funding goes towards supporting many aspects of their work. One focus has been to invest in the Education Programme and spread the message of responsible dog ownership to the dog owners of tomorrow. To do so, Dogs Trust has a team of 27 Education Officers, who all offer free, fun and interactive workshops in primary schools, youth groups and pupil referral units across the UK.
To further this mission, and to reach even more people, Dogs Trust has used some of the funding from players to train more staff to deliver these vital lessons. So far this year, nearly 7,000 workshops have been carried out, and more than 200,000 children have learnt about how to be a responsible, caring dog owner – messages the charity hopes they will take forward when they have dogs of their own.
Dogs Trust's recent funding awards will go towards caring for even more dogs across its network of rehoming centres, as well as continuing to improve dog welfare across the country through its campaigns and outreach projects.
Additional plans for future funding also include making additions to their existing rehoming centres, to include, amongst others, a new Training and Behaviour Barn at their Leeds rehoming centre. This new facility will allow a safe and quiet place for dogs that need more one-to-one time and attention in order to help them find their perfect home.
Other planned improvements and additions will include a new STAR (Special Training and Rehabilitation) block at its Snetterton centre and a new 'country walkway' development at Shoreham. Each of these projects will allow the dogs at the rehoming centres to have even more enrichment, better training, and more socialisation - all of which will improve their chances of finding a forever home even more quickly.
Dogs Trust is very grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for allowing them to continue to give the best possible care to so many dogs and for helping it work towards the day when all dogs can live happy lives in happy homes.