Whitehill's Helping Hounds
Published: 10th May 2019
Doggy holidays at Whitehill Country Park just got even friendlier! This year we are extremely proud to be contributing £1 from every dog booking to support our local animal rescue centre Animals in Distress - so by enjoying a holiday in beautiful South Devon with your four-legged family member, you are also helping towards building a much need new kennel facility for dogs waiting to find their forever home!
Based in Ipplepen, this brilliant local charity recently launched 'The Big Bark' appeal to raise the £1million required to build a much-needed new kennel facility. Every year hundreds of dogs arrive at the rescue centre in need of help. Many of these dogs have been lost or abandoned, some have escaped conditions of cruelty or neglect, and yet others find themselves homeless as their owners could no longer afford to keep them. All of them are in desperate need of a place to call home. The new kennel facility will make a huge difference to the dogs in their care, as although very clean, the existing kennels are old, making them difficult and expensive to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so are no longer fit for purpose.
‘’We want to give the dogs in our care spacious and comfortable kennels with underfloor heating and an air-cooling system. Beautiful kennels, looking out over a garden area, with quiet spaces for the more nervous dogs as well as a training room and a living room where dogs can become accustomed to household noises and experience the love of a sofa’’.
Founded by three local ladies, Animals in Distress was born out of the local community’s desire to help pets who had lost their homes. From humble beginnings, the charity has grown from providing temporary emergency care for dogs to taking in and re-homing over 600 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs in South Devon every year.
Run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, the centre is open daily for visitors. The facilities for the cats, rabbits and guinea pigs have recently been updated and are beautiful, providing a relaxed environment for the animals waiting to find a new home.
After our recent tour, we truly appreciate the need for the kennel updates and are proud to be involved with such a worthy cause and would like to say a huge thank you in advance to all our canine guests in 2019 for lending a helping paw – woof!