Written on: 06/03/2010
My husband and I are regular dog walkers at Meadowgreen dog rescue and we love it. Having spent a lot of time there on a regular basis we are a good judge of character for the place. We are sad to read the negative reviews on here as we have never experienced negativity. The small group of staff are all very friendly and always find time to talk to us, despite being incredibly busy looking after about 50 dogs! If they sometimes come across as being a little rushed off their feet, it is because they are, they have a lot of dogs to look after. But I know they get to you as soon as I they can and spend as much time with you as possible.
They have a huge variety of different dogs, small and big, and the staff know them all by name and disposition. There are lots of greyhounds and staffords, but also a huge range of other breeds and cross-breeds. I have seen labs, german shepherds,huskys, terriers, bulldogs, everything! The centre is nearly always full with dogs desperate for homes. They try very hard to match each dog to a suitable home, and they don't rehome dogs to anyone with children under 5 as most of the dogs are strays.
The kennels may be a little on the small side, but they are kept very clean and the dogs are well-fed. They are given toys (if they want them) and lots of treats too. They get exercised by the staff and a large number of dog walkers like myself who take them across the meadow. It should be remembered that being at meadowgreen is a temporary stop for the dogs before they go in to a loving home. The staff really care about the dogs and make a lot effort to make their time at the centre as short and nice as possible.
The rehoming fee is about £100, and the dogs come with up to date vaccinations, are wormed and have a microchip. If you can't afford to pay that for a new family member, then you shouldn't be getting a dog at all. Vet bills and food will cost a lot more than that. This talk about it being a business not a charity is ridiculous, like the last reviewer said, not good business sense if it is.
All in all, a great, busy rescue centre with a caring bunch of staff and a lot of dogs in need of homes! If you are thinking of getting a dog, I am sure you will find the perfect canine friend here!
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