Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Darlington is set to receive a makeover after beginning a two-year rebuilding process which will create even more facilities and kennels for canine residents. The new Rehoming Centre, due for completion in 2020 will feature 10 additional kennels, increasing capacity from 65 to 75 dogs; however in the meantime staff are currently in need of more foster carers to come forward and give residents a temporary home away from kennels.

At the moment the Sadberge Rehoming Centre is on the lookout for more foster carers while the rebuild progresses. Kennel space is likely to become limited, so it is important the team ensure they have as many active foster carers as possible.

The new centre will also boast a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool where dogs can be aided in recovery if they have undergone surgery or have long-term mobility problems. There will be a new training and play area where dogs can spend valuable time with their designated canine carers.

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, said:

“Dogs Trust Darlington will remain open during the rebuild process, however we ask that anyone visiting the Rehoming Centre be patient with us as there will be limited parking facilities. We will continue to do the best we can to help everyone in their search for a new companion.

“This is an exciting time for staff and dogs here at the Rehoming Centre because the new facilities will ensure the lives of our dogs are enriched further and new kennels will provide an even more homely environment.”

Natalie Waller, Home From Home Foster Coordinator at Dogs Trust Darlington, said:

“Our ideal foster carers are required to be adult only families, who have a bit more time on their hands to spend with a canine companion. They don’t have to have a lot of experience of caring for dogs, however we would like them to be open minded to all different shapes, sizes and breeds.

“We currently have lots of Greyhounds staying at the Rehoming Centre which would benefit from time in foster care. We are not sure why there has been an influx in the number of Greyhounds, however this may be in part due to a preconception that Greyhounds require a lot of exercise; yet despite this common belief, they are often real couch potatoes who love nothing more than cuddling up in their bed for a nap.”

Dogs Trust’s Home from Home Foster Scheme was developed to give dog lovers, who are not in a position to adopt on a permanent basis, the opportunity to experience the rewards of dog ownership on a temporary basis and help homeless hounds experience life in a home environment. Foster care placements range from as little as one week to nine months.

All foster families receive full support and advice regarding the dog in their care. Dogs Trust also equips them with everything they need such as food or bedding, and any veterinary treatment is covered by the charity.

If you are interested in adopting a dog or becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with the team on 0300 303 0292, or visit: