There are some sad looking doggy faces at Babbington Kennels in Awsworth, all in need of a new home.
Some of the dogs have been dumped, others left behind when their owners died. Some have been found wondering the streets.
One of the latest additions is Trim, a farm dog that has been abandoned after 11 years. Her owner had given her to someone else but she ran off and has been taken in by the kennels who hope to find her a loving new home.
Tony Sanderson has run the kennels - at a cost of almost £1,000 a day - for more than 11 years and has not earned a penny from it. Some of the dogs there have simply run away from home. For example the owners may have gone on holiday and left the dog in the house, only for it to scarper out the door when someone goes round to feed it. Once a owner was reunited with a dog that they lost four years before.
Tony said: “Most of the dogs that come here have been kicked out. We have 1,300 dogs come in every year. Out of that nearly 800 end up getting re-homed.
“February to April is the busiest time for us. People get puppies for Christmas and don’t do anything with them, then they become boisterous.”
There are dogs taken in to the kennels almost daily, the latest addition was found roaming the streets the night before. And, though many dogs are micro chipped, it doesn’t necessarily mean the owners want them back. Tony said that people will often say they had sold the dog to someone else.
The kennels also take some dogs off local pounds, effectively saving the dogs lives, as they would otherwise be put down after a week.
There are dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes at Babbington. Pepper, a Jack Russell puppy, was taken in by her owner because their child kept pulling at its fur.
Cookie, a two-year-old Akita, has been at the kennels longer than any other dog. She came in seven months ago following a road accident, which resulted in her losing a leg and her owners not wanting her back. Tony thinks that people are being put off because of her initial demeanour. Cookie barks at everyone who walks by her kennel, but is lovely as soon as she is taken out.
He said: “Every few months we get someone who walks through the door that says ‘We want the dog that has been here the longest and is the ugliest, and they take them home’.”
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