Animal sanctuary to save more dogs after revamp of ‘crumbling’ kennels

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2017

BBC presenter Monty Halls was on hand for the opening ceremony.   Picture: Rebecca Bangay

BBC presenter Monty Halls was on hand for the opening ceremony. Picture: Rebecca Bangay

Rebecca Bangay

A North Somerset animal sanctuary has unveiled a ‘major expansion of its facilities’ which means it can ‘save the lives of even more dogs’.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, in Barrow Gurney, has celebrated a revamp of its ‘crumbling’ 1970s-built kennels this week.

The charity rescues around 800 animals each year, and with new ‘state-of-the-art’ kennels it says it will be able to take in more stray or ill dogs and provide them with care.

The new-look kennels were unveiled earlier this month, and Holly Hedge founder Pauline Leeson said: “We are celebrating the official launch of our new kennels. Our previous kennels were extremely dilapidated, crumbling and more than 30 years old.

“The new state-of-the-art kennels definitely have the seal of approval, and our rescuees are far cosier and more relaxed.”

Holly Hedge now boasts a sensory garden and plenty of green space for the animals to explore, and Ms Leeson believes the animals are enjoying the upgrade.

She added: “The three long-stay rooms with their own little fenced in area are a great success too, and the dogs in there seem far more content, enjoying their home comforts, especially their sofas and armchairs.

“There are also six large gardens, incorporating a sensory garden so our dogs can enjoy recreational time away from the kennels as well as walks in the woods.”

BBC presenter Monty Halls – who once adopted a dog from Holly Hedge for his television show Great Escape – was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mr Halls is a patron for the charity, and said Holly Hedge is ‘an extraordinary place run by extraordinary people’.

He added: “Without Holly Hedge many other beautiful dogs and cats would have gone to an early grave.

“Holly Hedge never puts a healthy animal to sleep. Some animals stay with them for years before they find a permanent home.

“It’s the sanctuary that never gives up on a dog or cat. This independent charity receives no funding and depends on the generosity of its supporters.”

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