Wood Green Animal Shelters have been given the green light for a £3.6 million refurbishment of their headquarters in Godmanchester.

Wood Green's current facilities

Wood Green Animal Shelters have been given the green light for a £3.6 million refurbishment of their headquarters in Godmanchester.

Planners at Huntingdonshire District Council granted planning permission at the end of September for the demolition of the existing isolation kennels and construction of new kennels, puppy unit, surgery and boiler house.

Chief executive Dennis Baker said: “This is a landmark project for Wood Green; the biggest since our Godmanchester site was opened in 1987. We are very proud of our plans to provide the most modern kennelling and surgery facilities for the animals in our care.”

After 25 years, the isolation kennels and the surgery at the Godmanchester shelter are desperately in need of modernisation. Yet back in the mid-80s parts of the shelter were considerded ground-breaking in their design. In particular, the round parasol-type kennels created a lot of interest from shelter managers all over the UK and even as far afield as Europe.

However, times change and animal welfare knowledge has improved and the kennel design has been developed to accommodate this. Press officer Tara Dundon said: “We have been finding it difficult to meet our aim to offer the best facilities to our canine residents, therefore, we are delighted to be given the go-ahead.”

Currently the isolation kennels are a noisy and frightening experience for many residents.
The new design will mean kennels will be staggered so the dogs will not be able to see all the others in the unit, there will be double glazing to reduce noise levels and more natural light will filter through.

The existing surgery at Godmanchester has also barely been altered since its construction.
The main focus will be on a hospital unit, surgical unit, clinical exam unit and a public reception unit.

The charity has about three-quarters of the money needed for the project. It receives no Government or lottery funding and are relying entirely on the support and generosity of the public.

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