Border Collie Trust GB
Founded in 1996 BCTGB rescue and rehome between 400 and 500 collies each year from our rescue centre in Staffordshire. Funded completely by donations and our own fundraising, your support is vital to helping the hundreds of collies and their owners who need our help. For more information about our work please visit our website.
Border Collie Trust GB in the News
JOHN O’GROATS TO LANDS END IN THE NAME OF BORDER COLLIES
June 2012On 22nd and 23rd July 2012 Border Collie Trust GB Trustee Ben Wilkes will be motorcycling from John O'Groats to Lands End and on route visiting 13 member organisations of The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes.
The purpose of the sponsored ride will be to raise funds to continue a programme of Environmental Enrichment that Border Collie Trust GB is undertaking at its rescue centre in Staffordshire and to raise awareness of the work and variety of rescues within the ADCH.
The environmental enrichment programme is a relatively recent idea, and it aims to improve the life of dogs in Kennels. Traditionally kennels have kept things neat and tidy, believing this is important for dogs, but it can actually take away fun for dogs, removing the opportunity for them to use their natural abilities. An exercise paddock at the Border Collie Trust GB’s rescue centre in Staffordshire that was always kept mown to the same level, now has areas of longer grass which dogs love to run through and can also be used to seek out treats. The enrichment programme employs everything from old tree stumps to hide treats in and behind, straw bales to hold scent even old wine barrels and old tyres.
The charity has also reclaimed a large overgrown mound with steps and a path that offers not only a good view, which the dogs love, but fun undergrowth to explore. The plans for the future include planting of suitable trees and shrubs, various types of pathways and features that challenge and improve a dogs confidence.
It doesn’t just stop outside, inside the kennels the charity is using music, furniture and is looking to other ideas such as household plants to help make the dogs feel comfortable and prepare them for the sights and sounds of their new homes.
Ben hopes to raise funds to help improve the stay of every dog that comes through Border Collie Trust GB, raise awareness about what the enrichment environment programmes offer its dogs and also visit member organisations of The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes where they will undoubtedly be sharing ideas.
Of the ride itself Ben is looking forward to the challenge of the well known end to end route with the added excitement of including a number of visits in just two days.
Source: Border Collie Trust GB Website