Paws for thought for dog rescue kennels revamp

Founder Dorothy Harland (centre) with volunteers Margaret Wells, Margaret Allison, Jennifer Townsend,  Ben Smith and Heather Cameron. (1307161AM)
Founder Dorothy Harland (centre) with volunteers Margaret Wells, Margaret Allison, Jennifer Townsend, Ben Smith and Heather Cameron. (1307161AM)

A new block of kennels is set to boost the lives of canines awaiting loving homes at a dog rescue centre in West Tanfield.

Emergency Animal Rescue Support (EARS), which is run entirely by volunteers, helps dogs from across the district find new homes and foster families – and is now hoping its new kennel revamp can create a permanent base for the dogs.

“The expansion will allow us to be more hands on with the dogs,” founder Dorothy Harland told the Gazette.

“We have a lovely bunch of dogs here but we are desperate for them to find new homes and foster carers.”

As part of the rescue centre’s refurbishment, six new kennels and an office area have been built – which Dorothy said will “give us a permanent base and enhance the lives of our dogs waiting for new homes”.

“We will be able to spend more time interacting and training our dogs, which will give them a better chance of finding their forever homes,” she said.

EARS – based at Brackenfarg Kennels on Masham Road – will also be putting some of the dogs through The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Scheme – the largest dog training scheme in the UK.

So far, EARS – which has a team of eight volunteers – has rescued and re-homed 72 dogs and 30 cats, and is entirely financed by the volunteers’ own fundraising efforts.

The centre still has some rescue cats in foster homes, but no longer has the facilities to house felines at the Brackenfarg base.

Dorothy, who founded the centre in 2011, said the six rescue dogs at the centre would all make fantastic pets for animal lovers across the district.

“All our dogs are vaccinated, neutered and micr-chipped prior to re- homing,” she said.

““We have Ozzy, who is a black Labrador crossed with a springer spaniel, who is a lovely, lovely five-year-old dog.

“Then there is Jessie, a cocker spaniel crossed with a cavalier, who has boundless energy and doesn’t tire out very easily.

“There is Larry the lurcher who is a lovely, lovely lad and is well house-trained.

“Then we have Diesel, who is currently in foster care. He is a lurcher crossed with a Waimarama – he has been with us for a long time.”

“Kennels are not the place for dogs. They need loving homes,” she said.

l The EARS team is looking for new volunteers and is in need of donations, such as dog food, leads, bedding, and cash funds. If you can help the rescue centre, call Dorothy on 07714004537.