The official Opening of our new Dog Assessment and Evaluation Unit by our VP Gemma Atkinson, took place on Saturday 18th February 2017. We were able to convert our old puppy unit thanks to a grant of £15,000 last year from the Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures Grant Fund.

The new unit was named in Memory of Kathleen Butterworth who was amongst the founder members of Bleakholt and was a Bleakholt Trustee and Treasurer for many years and we are so pleased to pay tribute to all the fantastic work she did for our Sanctuary.

Pedigree logo newThe event was also attended by Andrew Winfrow, a representative from sponsors Mars Pedigree pet foods, who gave out £120,000 to deserving causes last year. Andrew said: “At Mars Petcare we believe that every dog and cat should have a happy loving home. That is why we’re committed to providing rescue centres across the country with monetary grants, to help them make vital changes and give them a better chance of finding that forever loving home”.

Our Chair of Trustees Vicki Appleton said: “It’s a perfect time to open our new dog assessment centre as it was National Love Your Pet Day on Monday and we want to help more people do just that with our animals at Bleakholt. This unit will mean there is a private place to assess dogs who come into Bleakholt about their rehabilitation needs. It will be a place where owners can meet prospective new dogs privately and also a handover place for dogs to leave Bleakholt and join loving families. We can’t thank Pedigree and Whiskas enough for this grant.”

Gemma Atkinson added: “It’s superb that Pedigree and Whiskas have given this grant to Bleakholt and it will make a huge difference. Bleakholt is run solely on donations and so substantial sums for specific projects like this are vital to us.”

We are very excited about the difference the Unit will make to day-to-day activities and it will also give an improved working space for our staff team and an added facility for our residents.

Two of our gorgeous residents, Jack Russells Benjina and Gromit, loved being in the limelight for our photos. The pair are inseparable sisters and will be rehomed together and are otherwise known to all as ‘The Pink Ladies’!

More info on the Grant can be seen here