Puppy guide dogs move into new home after a 59 week construction project

Thu, 12 May 2011

Puppies that have been bred to become guide dogs for the blind have been moving into their new home in Leamington, Warwickshire.

After 59 weeks of construction, the new £16million facility, in Bishops Tachbrook, has been completed. The new centre will allow the charity to increase the number of dogs it is able to match with blind and partially sighted people to 900 by 2015.

Carol Warner, Guide Dogs’ National Breeding Centre operations manager, said: "Guide Dogs has bred puppies in Bishops Tachbrook from Tollgate House since 1968 and with this fantastic new facility, we’re looking forward to continuing that tradition for many years to come. The new world-class centre will help us to meet our challenging aim of ensuring all blind and partially-sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else."

The centre is fitted-out with kennels, office space and facilities for dog breeding and although staff have moved in, it will not be open to the public until the end of the year.

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