Behind the scenes at The Dog House
Woodgreen Pets Charity, based in Cambridgeshire, has given Channel 4 access to film dogs being introduced to new owners since 2019.
The camera crew films an array of dogs which are taken into the care of the charity and Channel 4 viewers get to learn about the staff as well as the backstories of prospective new owners who have applied to rescue a hound.
The moment rescue pooches meet their potential families is filmed in a secure setting on-site which often leaves viewers tearing up.
As well as showing the moving encounters between dogs and owners, the programme often films people’s heartbreaking decisions to give up their pets.
Some owners struggle with the financial costs of caring for a dog as veterinary costs increase, while others turn their pets into Woodgreen for other reasons.
The charity also deals with a lot of stray dogs, which the staff try and rehome after caring for them at the charity which includes its own veterinary practice.
Woodgreen also has its own behavioural and training specialists as some dogs come into the facility very anxious.
Lucie Berridge, Woodgreen’s rehoming and relations team manager, recently opened up exclusively to Express.co.uk about some of the biggest challenges associated with her role following a tour of the facility.
She shared how the amount of animals which are on waiting lists to have shelter at Woodgreen is difficult to comprehend.
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“I think that’s a result maybe of the living cost of living crisis, just people not being prepared for what bringing a new pet into their life actually means and the impact that it will have, not only on finances, and your routine and your freedom, but also emotionally,” Lucie added.
“It’s a huge commitment emotionally to bring a new pet into your home and I think just sometimes people just don’t have the time to put into training and things that the pets need, especially with dogs.
“I think we all have this lovely idea of this perfect little pooch that comes and sits with us when we want it to and is quiet the rest of the time. That’s very rarely the case”
“So behavioural-wise, I think we’re seeing because of the lack of socialisation with the pandemic, it’s easy to blame the pandemic for everything, but there was an impact,” Lucie continued.
“So I think we’re seeing that come through now where dogs are going into adolescence, and the younger dogs where they are challenging anyway.”
She stressed how important it was to put “time and energy” into pets if anyone wants to buy or adopt one in the future.
The Dog House is available to watch on All4 and more information about the charity is available via support.woodgreen.org.uk.
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