We are taking up the challenge to build on the good work we do at the home, implementing more of the work under the "Open Paw" training program as featured recently on BBC Radio 5 live. Over the course of this year, volunteers, staff and visitors will be playing more of an active role.
Open Paw is a program developed for dogs in rescue centres. It was founded in 2000, Dr Ian Dunbar and his wife, then taken up by rescue shelters in America. In the UK, the National Animal Welfare Trust commenced the program last July in one of its centres, rolling out the program to all four of its locations this year.
The program is to provide shelter dogs with the enrichment, training and social skills they will need to make them more re-homeable and to enable them to successfully settle into life in their new homes