Dogs Trust opens 'greenest' centre in Shropshire

A basset hound at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury
Image caption Glass-fronted kennels at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury reduce stress for dogs, says the charity.

The Dogs Trust has officially reopened its re-homing centre in Shropshire after a £5m building project.

New facilities at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury include glass-fronted kennels and a "puppy socialising" area.

The charity said the centre is its 'greenest' to date with a biomass boiler, solar panels and a grass roof.

Manager Louise Campbell said it had been designed to reduce stress for dogs and already pets were being re-homed more quickly.

'Carbon paw print'

Dogs Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin attended the event to officially open the new facilities which have taken 14 months to build.

She said she was proud of the centre's achievements.

"We know that with our new state-of-the-art facilities the staff will be able to help even more dogs to find loving homes," she said.

"We can now do this whilst also reducing our 'carbon paw print'.

The new buildings have been in use since 4 July and Ms Campbell said they hoped to beat their previous records for re-homing animals in the first year.

She said the new glazed kennels reduced the impact of noise, and dogs have access to an open area even at night.

"Hopefully families will see a dog in a more relaxed state and they'll be more inclined to think 'Yeah, I could take that dog on," she said.

The centre originally opened at Roden Lane Farm in 1970 and since then more than 25,000 rescue dogs have been cared for on the site.

More than 156 dogs can stay at any one time and the charity said the centre would be cheaper to run.

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