There are lots of dogs at Babbington Kennels that are desperate for somebody to take them home and become their new owners.
The Awsworth rescue centre, which relies on donations, is always inundated with abandoned pooches and currently has 56 dogs in need of a new home.
Manager Tony Sanderson said a recent change in the economic climate, and dogs not being left on the streets when a relationship breaks down, may have a lot to do with fewer dogs being abandoned.
He said: “It has been the best Christmas ever in terms of the low volume of dogs coming in because the economical situation is so much better, there are less divorces, couples aren’t splitting up as much. It seems to have levelled off.”
The centre works in conjunction with four councils: Erewash Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Gedling Borough Council. The kennels also take some dogs from local pounds, effectively saving the dogs lives, as they would otherwise be put down after a week.
The centre stopped taking dogs from Nottingham City Council because the amount of aggressive bull breed dogs being taken there from the city’s breeders meant there was no room for non-aggressive breeds.
There are a number of sad stories behind some of the kennels current residents.
Nine-year-old Buster has been there a while because he isn’t the best looking due to only having one eye. He was taken to Babbington from a dog warden and had to have an operation to remove his eye, meaning he is often overlooked.
There is also a former racing greyhound, who has metal pins in her legs, that has been at the kennels for three months. Tramp, an American bulldog Labrador cross who was pulled off a ‘death list’, as was Rottweiler Romeo.
“Pounds publish death lists of dogs that are going to be put down’, said Tony. ‘If the Dogs Trust don’t take them they are put on a death list unless someone takes them. When we go we pull them off the death list because they are not nasty dogs.”
Tony Sanderson has run the kennels - at a cost of almost £1,000 a day - for more than 12 years and has not earned a penny from it.
Twelve per cent of what the rescue centre needs comes from donations. The rest is created on site. Recent donations include one from Policyfast in Ilkeston. During 2015 they raised £500 as part of the firm’s corporate responsibility. This was raised through dress down Friday contributions and profits from the office Chocolate Box.
February to April will be the busiest time for kennels due to people who had puppies for Christmas and didn’t do anything with them, meaning they become boisterous.
Though many abandoned dogs are micro chipped, it doesn’t necessarily mean the owners want them back. Tony said people will often say they had sold the dog to someone else when contacted.
Babbington Kennels is located on Westby Lane. It is open every day, apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
More information can be found at babbington-rescue.org.uk or by calling 01159 324576.