Advantages Way too many to list an extraordinary place that cares for dogs
Disadvantages None whatsoever
A couple of months ago, my girlfriends father came home from work, and he started saying how much he desired a dog to keep him company and he had been told about some place called the NCDL (National Canine Defence League) by a friend. So, the next day he got up and went over to the local centre, which luckily is only about 2 miles away from his house.The next day, whilst visiting the re-housing centre, he told us of how he had fallen in love with a 3 year old Border Collie called “Tom” (which was a strange name, as it is a bitch) and he had actually put his name down to adopt it, then 2 and a half weeks later, the dog was his.
So, who exactly are the NCDL?You may have seen the advert on telly, telling you how easy it is to sponsor a dog for life, for just £1.00 a week, well here is a more in depth look at the NCDL and the excellent work they do.
The NCDL are a charity based re-housing centre for unwanted or abandoned and mistreated dogs, they have 16 centres situated in various locations around the country (see the list below for your nearest centre), anyway, as you know, there are all too often cases of dogs not being wanted and abandoned or mistreated, well that’s were the NCDL come in, what they do, is take these dogs in, look after them, check them out health-wise and attempt to find loving homes for these poor unwanted animals (although, as you can imagine, they do receive some dogs that are just not re-house able). But they do claim to have an extraordinary success rate and the have a policy were no matter whether a dog is found a home or not and the dog is healthy, they will not destroy the dog, so that’s where you come in.So you want a dog do you? Are you sure?
Well first of all, I must get this message over, are you really sure you want a dog for life? Are you not going to get sick of it after a few months and give it away or even worse abandon the poor thing? If the answer to the last question is yes or I don’t know, well don’t bother, as the dog will only end up in the same situation, as you’ve got to be 100% certain whether you actually want a dog and a dog “FOR LIFE” that is.So, you are 100% certain you want a dog? That’s good, now take a look at the list below and get along to your local NCDL and choose one or even if you don’t want one, you could always sponsor a dog for a mere £1.00 a week (this helps the NCDL feed and look after the vast amount of unwanted dogs) or you can actually volunteer to become a walker (you have to be over the age of 16 for this), this includes going to the centre on a regular basis and taking the dogs for a walk.
To get your dog, its not just a case of going to the centre and walking out with one, Oh no, its not that simple, you see, the NCDL take every precaution available to make sure their dogs are re-housed in caring and fit-to-live surroundings, you have to go through a process that can take up to/just over 2 weeks, here is the process:Day 1: You arrive at your local centre and take a good look around, the dogs are kept in very cosy cage/kennel buildings, that each house about 10 lots of dogs (some cages have 2 to 3 dogs in them, some of which have to be re-housed together), you’ll see all kinds of lovely dogs, some cross-breeds and some actually very expensive dogs like Bull-Terriers, Labradors, Old English Sheepdogs, etc, take a real good look around and be certain the dog you want, is the dog you’ll still want in years to come.
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