Rebecca Baker, assistant manager at Dogs Trust Bridgend, will be spending two days - from midday on 1 February to midday on 3 Friday - in a kennel at the Pen-y-Fai rehoming centre, in a bid to raise money for homeless hounds and raise awareness on their plight.
While 48 hours may seem a long time to spend in a kennel, the dogs in Dogs Trust's care usually wait far more time before they can move on to their forever home.
Rebecca says, “On average, dogs stay with us for 39 days and Dogs Trust provides everything that the dogs might need whilst they wait for their forever homes such as bedding, food, toys and veterinary care. We are only able to look after these dogs and give them everything they need thanks to the kind donations from the generous public, so I really hope people get behind me and give as much or as little as they can.”
And help is truly needed at this time of the year: despite all the campaigning against impulsive puppy buying and gifting over Christmas, with Dogs Trust's slogan 'A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas' on the forefront, shelters were once again left to pick up the pieces as high numbers of unwanted puppies and litters were abandoned in their care over the festive period.
Dogs Trust, renamed Socks Trust over Christmas as part of the campaign, saw a sharp increase in dogs coming in their care between 20 December and 2 January, compared to the same two weeks last year. In the two weeks that followed, the charity still received “just shy of a thousand calls from people looking to give up their dog in the two weeks after Christmas, amounting to 70 calls every day”.
“I was so shocked to hear that over the Christmas period there was a 57% increase in dogs being handed over to Dogs Trust centres across the UK," Rebecca says. "I really wanted to do something different to increase awareness and raise money for the homeless hounds that we care for, so I decided to put myself in the dogs’ shoes and live like them for 48 hours.
“I will be amongst the dogs that are available for rehoming so I really hope local people will come down and support me whilst I raise pounds for our hounds during the lock-in! Any donations of sweet treats will be gratefully received!”
You can support Rebecca’s 48 hour kennel challenge in person, by visiting her at the Centre (Court Colman, Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, CF31 4NG), or through a donation.
Image by Dogs Trust.