In 2020 Oakwood Dog Rescue has opened The Dog Hub at Oakwood Dog Rescue, our fundraising site which hosts structured dog play sessions, a second hand dog shop, dog-friendly cafe and dog shows throughout the year. In 2021 our charity shop in Hallgate, Cottingham was opened and our second shop in Hull town centre was opened in March 2022. Proceeds from these businesses goes directly towards caring for the dogs at Oakwood Dog Rescue.
The design and setup of the rescue facilities ensure the highest welfare for dogs in our care. The centre is made up of individual kennels and a number of rooms, halls, yards and fields where the dogs can run, play and rest together all day.
Any dogs that are not able to mix with other dogs have their own kennel and are taken out for up to 4 walks each day. This is only possible because of brilliant volunteers who give up their time to take these dogs for walks.
All kennelled dogs are given kongs, chews and other forms of enrichment to keep them busy. Each kennel is equipped with a bed or crate to make them more homely and comfortable. To help keep the dogs as relaxed, music is played throughout the day and we have plug in diffusers around the centre to help minimise barking and reduce stress. We also operate on a closed-kennel policy, meaning that members of the publc are unable to walk around the kennels which can stress the dogs out and frighten very timid rescues, instead our viewing of the dogs are by appointment only, following a successful application, as a result our kennels are fairly quiet in comparison to many rescues. You view our current residents online and learn all about them before making an application, you can do this by clicking here.
The rescue centre is open with the fact that we do not operate a 'no put to sleep' policy. For dogs that are severely mentally or physically ill, it is sometimes the kinder option to end their suffering rather than resign them to living in a kennel for the next 10 years. Luckily since the rescue began in 2009, we've only had to make this difficult decision a handful of times and it is never an easy one. All options regarding training and potential re-homing are exhausted before considering this.