Unlike most other RSPCA Centres,
we do not allow the public to view the available dogs by wandering around the
kennels. During the time when we were closed due to the foot and mouth crisis,
we began to re-home dogs by matching the owners requirements to the temperaments
and needs of each dog. We found that when people did not choose dogs initially
by appearance (which would happen when wandering around the kennels), we ended
up having far more successful re homing, and our return rates reduced.
We have continued to re-home the
same amount of dogs as before and have also found it to be beneficial to the
welfare of the dogs.
Animal Centres are very stressful
places for any animal, but especially for dogs. We have found that since the
public have not been walking past the kennels, they stay calmer and suffer less
stress. There has also been a decrease in aggression related problems.
If you are interested in taking
on a dog, please telephone the Centre during our opening hours to discuss the
dogs we have available. When you come to the Centre, a member of staff will
have an informal interview with you to find out your requirements and will be
able to show you pictures of any dogs which might suit. If you would then like
to view these dogs, they will be brought over for you to meet.
Dogs can be viewed on the following web sites.
RSPCA BRENT KNOLL (Weston-super-Mare)
RSPCA WEST DORSET