I visited the Bath Dogs and Cats Home in March 2012 . As a North American, used to the squalor of puppy mills and overcrowded shelters, I was expecting relatively poor conditions..and prepared myself for the sadness I always feel when I expose myself to this..
But this place.. was uplifting..actually made me smile..made me feel so good that somewhere rescued dogs (and cats and bunnies and guinea pigs) were well treated.
It was a joy to be there.
It’s heaven for the unwanted.
There’s lots of space. Toys, blankets, shelter. Even a wading pool for cooling off if it gets too warm.
This is Buster, a long term resident (Not exactly sure, but he’s been here for over 5 years..) and this is his home..
For the long term residents, special accommodations..this really is their home. And they really are happy there.
Real (child-size) Beds! and Blankets! and Flatmates! and Toys!
Volunteers come regularly to walk dogs and/or to play in the large fenced in areas.
There is grass to roll in!
People who teach with patience (and treats!)
Most of all, lots of LOVE and tlc..
I believe the dogs you see here, including Nina, are all still available for adoption.
The Bath Dogs and Cats Home does not receive any government funding. It’s a no-kill facility. No one is turned away.
It is inspiring.
Maybe one day, someone, somewhere, will open a facility similar to this one close by..
Keep up the good work Bath Dogs and Cats Home !