Merseyside’s only remaining local authority operated dog pound appeals for help to make Winter more comfortable - and deliver much-needed improvements
THE only remaining local authority-run dog pound in Merseyside is appealing for kind-hearted tradesmen, volunteer labourers and donations to help make this winter cosier for residents.
Birkenhead Kennels is one of only a handful of its type left in the country, and while the council remains committed to the facility and staff work extremely hard on the animals’ behalf, the Victorian-era building has seen better days.
Housing a maximum of 36 dogs, the kennels respond to calls about strays from the public, as well as taking in those discovered on regular patrols by its team of wardens.
Often in a poor state, the dogs are nursed back to health through a combination of regular food and water, warmth and shelter, as well as love and care, before being micro-chipped.
The aim is to rehome as many as possible, and no stray dog is turned away.
But with finances tight and the authority under no statutory obligation to provide the facility, a group of Wirral animal lovers decided they would do what they could to help.
In May, a petition was launched, accumulating 4,000 signatures by October, and prompting Wirral Council to allocate almost £6,000 from community grants for the newly formed Friends of Birkenhead Kennels’ use.
But so far quotes for much-needed flooring, tile work and other improvements have come in way over budget.