Generous donation helps Aspley Guise animal charity

Housebuilder provides new run for abandoned dogs

Dogs at the Aspley Guise charity now have more freedom to run about
Dogs at the Aspley Guise charity now have more freedom to run about

An animal rescue charity in Aspley Guise has received a welcome donation after a sharp rise in abandoned animals during the pandemic.

The National Animal Welfare Trust, formerly known as HULA Animal rescue, has rehomed 38% more animals during 2021 than in the same period last year.

Now housebuilder Hayfield has sourced and supplied 60 Heras fencing panels, doors and footings to create a substantial new dog run for the charity

Established in the 1970s, the charity takes in unwanted and lost dogs, cats and small animals, providing care and rehoming services. While at the centre, the animals are provided with veterinary treatment and hands-on care and friendship, while the team assess what sort of forever home would be best suited. In the past 18 months, 368 animals have been taken in.

Kelly Sharman, Sales and Marketing Director for Hayfield said: “The National Animal Welfare Trust approached Hayfield because the staff were having a lot of difficulties procuring the materials needed to create a new dog run. As animal lovers ourselves, and with this charitable centre being so local to five of our live developments, we were delighted to be able to source and supply the materials. It’s great to see the new dog run in action and know that it means more unwanted and lost animals can now be helped and rehomed.”

While animals staying at The National Animal Welfare Trust are generally rehomed within a few months, some sadly stay longer. The new dog run is providing additional freedom to these four-legged residents.

Nicola Leach, Centre Manager for The National Animal Welfare Trust said: “The run has afforded the dogs on site a new sense of freedom, allowing them off-lead time to run and play. Whilst we walk our dogs as much as we can, they are still, sadly, living in kennels until we find new homes for them. Seeing how happy this run makes them has been a joy to see. We cannot thank Hayfield enough for their kind and generous donation, turning a dream run into a reality for the team and the dogs we care for.”

Five-star housebuilder Hayfield will deliver around 300 luxury homes across middle England this year. The company has an office in Milton Keynes and its live development portfolio includes Hayfield Place and Hayfield Gate, which are both within Central Bedfordshire.