‘RONALDOG’ was among the Very Important Pooches on hand to mark the official re-opening of the Evesham home of Dogs Trust.
Fifty years after first opening in 1966, Dogs Trust Evesham officially re-opened its doors on Wednesday (September 21) with a number of VIPs in attendance to ensure a paw-fect day was had by all.
Dogs Trust Evesham has been re-built on its former site, in Wickhamford, in order to care for 100 dogs each year and provide them with state-of-the-art facilities including, underfloor heating, fully air conditioned kennels, all set with 10 acres of green space.
After the first brick was laid back in May 2015, the ceremony officially marked the doors being re-opened.
Former Dogs Trust Evesham resident , crossbreed Alfie aka ‘Ronaldog’, cut the ribbon just months after his incredible football skills went viral earlier this year.
Local school children from Willersey Primary School, Dogs Trust staff, trustees, Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder, Dogs Trust Chairman Graeme Robertson and MP for Mid Worcestershire, Nigel Huddleston were also on hand for the ceremony.
Centre manager Chris Slight, said: “We started the process back in May last year and it’s fantastic to see it all come together.
“Our new centre has the capacity to care for around 100 dogs, and provides state-of-the-art kennelling for the dogs whilst they await their new homes.”
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has a network of 21 rehoming centres across the UK and one in Dublin which care for over 17,000 dogs every year.
Dogs Trust will never put a healthy dog to sleep and is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
The grand opening was the first of two stages in the major renovation at the rehoming centre.
Due for completion early next year, the second phase will include a full surgical building so dogs can be treated on site, dedicated sponsor a dog kennels , a state-of-the-art puppy block and a new intake block for new four legged arrivals.