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Postcode Lottery funding is helping thousands of dogs find a new home

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A partnership between the People's Postcode Lottery and the Dogs Trust has helped raise over £12million for pooches in need - providing them with more rescue centres and more care staff.

By Ashley Murphy , 27 Jun 2019

The programme started in 2013 after the Postcode Lottery pledged its support to the Dogs Trust mission of improving the lives of our furry, four-legged friends.

Helping thousands of dogs every year

The Dogs Trust cares for over 15,000 pups every year through an extensive network of rehoming centres.

A large part of the money has gone towards building even more rescue centres,  as well as hiring additional staff to make sure every dog receives the best possible care.


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Jim Monteith is the charity’s interim chief executive. He said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the phenomenal level of support we receive from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”

“Our achievements over the past six years are a testament to this support and can be seen in the day-to-day running of our 20 rehoming centres across the UK, with our amazing staff and the work they do with our dogs to get them ready to find their special someone.”

The extra staff includes canine carers, veterinarian nurses, training and behavioural specialists, as well as vital support workers who keep the whole operation ticking along, such as drivers, greeting staff, and maintenance teams.

Alice Maltby is one of the new human arrivals at the Dogs Trust Shoreham.

“I absolutely love my job,” said Alice. “The bond I get to develop with the dogs in my care is second to none and it’s wonderful meeting with new owners and members of the general public to share with them my passion and knowledge.”

The next big milestone

Since working alongside the People's Lottery, the Dogs Trust has seen an 84% decrease in the number of unwanted dogs put to sleep, and the amazing staff have helped rehome over 70,000 pooches.

Everyone involved in the partnership is now looking forward to smashing the next big milestones of £20million and helping to find even more unwanted dogs their perfect forever home.


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