Proudly sponsored by Pedigree: Margaret Green Animal Rescue open new sensory garden.
In April, we announced the winners of our 2016 Whiskas and Pedigree Feeding Brighter Futures Grants. The programme donates £120,000 to assist Association of Dogs and Cats Home rehoming centres by providing much needed grants which enhance the welfare of animals, whilst also raising awareness of the UK’s issue of dog and cat abandonment.
One of the 16 winners was Margaret Green Animal Rescue who received £3,000 towards an enrichment garden for the dog’s in the care of the charity’s rehoming centre in Dorset.The garden includes different textures and surfaces for the dogs to walk on – from a sandpit to pond and fountain – along with a number of areas to explore including a raised kennel, bamboo forest, an underground tunnel and carefully chosen medicinal plants for self-selection.
Centre Manager, Helen Chittock,said ‘the garden has made an incredible difference to the quality of the stay the rescue dogs have in our care. We wanted to create a quiet and tranquil area for our rescue dogs to relax in, and also to introduce them to new and novel experiences in a safe, secure environment.’
Applications for the 2017 Feeding Brighter Future Grants are now open. We hope this story provides a little inspiration to those who are thinking about applying, and shows the difference these grants can make.