Two North Wales Members of the Senedd have been seeing at first-hand how abandoned dogs enjoy a new lease of life.
Shadow Minister for North Wales, Darren Millar MS and North Wales regional Member of the Senedd, Sam Rowlands MS, recently visited Almost Home Dog Rescue, a small, passionate dog rescue centre based in Nercwys, near Mold, Flintshire.
Mr Millar said:
“I was delighted to find out more about Almost Home Dog home which has been running successfully in North Wales for the last six years.
"As an owner of a rescue dog I was particularly interested to hear about the way Dave and Joan want to promote responsible ownership and develop an education programme for young people, the next generation of dog owners. It is an excellent idea.”
Mr Rowlands said:
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit Almost Home and see for myself the great work which is carried out by Joan and Dave, who run the home, and their volunteers. As a dog owner I find it very sad to hear about animals either being cruelly treated or, through no fault of their own, being abandoned. It was heartening to be told that in the last six years almost 1,000 dogs nave been rehomed.
“Places like Almost Home do a fantastic job, providing a safe haven for the dogs relying solely on grants and donations. They deserve all our support.
Almost Home Dog Home, is a registered charity and their vision is for all dogs to ‘live the good life’, free from cruelty, abuse, neglect or fear and having their physical, social and emotional needs met.
They want to promote responsible ownership and provide support to both fosterers and adopters from two fully qualified dog behaviour specialists and experienced volunteers.
Through developing an education programme, they also aim to reach young people and to help them to: be safe around and respect dogs; understand different breeds to make an informed decision when choosing a dog and be aware of animal cruelty and exploitation (including online sales and working dogs).
They also offer support to the appropriate bodies in order to put a stop to the unnecessary and needless suffering of dogs but in particular: racing greyhounds, breeding dogs and their puppies and dogs sold online.