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By Dan Santy Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 18/10 09:08
THEY say every dog has its day - but now its the turn of a woman that has spent the last year rescuing them.
Anita Twigger and her charity, Rugby Pawprints, have this week been celebrating the opening of their own kennels.
Since last year, dog lover Anita has spent most of her time going through the highs and lows of trying to save pounded animals from being put to sleep.
To date she and her team of volunteers have saved nearly 130 dogs from 'death row', paid thousands in vet's bills and attracted a 1,200 strong following on Facebook.
And on Monday (October 8), she reaped the rewards of her hard work by taking over Dunsmore Kennels, near Willoughby, where she will be housing dogs she has rescued.
It marks a bright chapter in the story of Rugby Pawprints, soon to change its name to Pawprints Dog Rescue in a bid to boost its presence in neighbouring towns including Daventry and Leamington.
In February, Anita told the Observer how she was being stretched to the limits by the sheer number of dogs being abandoned in the current economic climate.
She said opening the kennels were 'exciting but stressful' times for her.
"This was a golden opportunity that I could not miss to finally secure kennels for Pawprints.
"It had always been my intention to find funding to provide kennels for our dogs and this seemed the best way to achieve that almost immediately.
"Sadly, our bank balance is a little depleted at the moment and so we are doing a major fund-raising drive during October to help sustain us through the winter months."
Having the kennels will allow Anita to rescue more dogs and cope with the increasing number being abandoned because people's pockets are being squeezed.
They will enlist the help of a trainer and behaviourist in a bid to exercise and rehabilitate them before going to a new home.
Anita said: "We intend to provide them with an environmental enrichment area - a place where they can exercise and use their brains at the same time.
"Long-term kenneled dogs need a lot more to stimulate them and prevent them from getting kennel stress which can lead to a variety of behavioural problems, thus making them more difficult to rehome."
It is hoped the kennels will be able to care for ten rescue dogs per week, but this will depend on funding.
Part of the kennels will still remain in general use for dogs and cats, with the remainder to be exclusively for rescue animals.
Visit www.pawprintsdogrescue.org for more information.
Anita Twigger has taken over Dunsmore Kennels under the banner of her Pawprints Dog Rescue charity. 41.012.022.rug.nc1 www.buyphotos247.com
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