STAFF at the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Evesham have been celebrating the charity’s 125th anniversary by looking back at some of the organisation’s top achievements.
The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, which was founded in 1891 by socialite Lady Gertrude Stock, first opened the doors of its Wickhamford rehoming centre in 1966 and has since helped 30,000 of our four-legged friends find new loving homes.
It also now has 38 staff members and 360 volunteers who support the day-to-day running of the rehoming centre.
And to mark the charity’s 125th anniversary, staff at the rehoming centre have been celebrating Dogs Trust’s many achievements- with one of the most well-known being the charity’s campaign to make microchipping compulsory, which it did in April this year.
Dogs Trust Evesham Rehoming Centre Manager, Chris Slight, said: “It’s wonderful to look back over the years and see how far Dogs Trust has come in making vital improvements in dog welfare.
“I’m sure Lady Gertrude Stock couldn’t have imagined that the initial meeting of a handful of dog lovers would grow to become the largest dog welfare charity in the UK with a slogan famous worldwide.
“Helping stray and abandoned dogs has always been at the forefront of Dogs Trust’s aims and in this, our 125th year; we were delighted to welcome the introduction of compulsory microchipping in England, Scotland and Wales. This essential element of responsible dog ownership is the most effective permanent way of ensuring a lost dog is reunited with its owner so we hope to see a decline in the stray dog population in years to come.”