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The Dog House

Wood Green are extremely proud to be the focus of an eight-part documentary series called The Dog House. The programme offers a fascinating insight into how we match homeless dogs with the perfect new owners – sparking beautiful friendships.

The amazing stories that feature in The Dog House are just a snapshot of the work that we do here at Wood Green. But you’re in the right place to learn more – and discover what goes on behind the scenes.

The Dog House is on Channel 4 every Thursday at 8pm. Check back here every week for exclusive content!

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How we helped Gendry and his siblings

When a litter of German shepherd puppies arrived at Wood Green, our dedicated teams were on hand to give them the best start in life.

Check out our behind the-scenes chat with Sallyann, who shares how we helped these little stars of The Dog House, and describes one of the bigger personalities of the group – Gendry.

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Meet Casper

Did you catch Casper in The Dog House? This loving, affectionate chap loves nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa.

After an unfortunate incident with his previous owner, Casper had to be rehomed. But today he’s loving life with his new owner, Lesley. When first meeting Casper, she instantly thought, “that’s my boy.” Since then, she’s never looked back. “Casper honestly is the perfect dog and is settled, happy and relaxed,” she tells us.

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Five reasons why Staffies make great pets

Watch our behind-the-scenes chat with Wendy, who shares some of the joys of welcoming a Staffie into your life, as well as a couple of helpful tips too!

 

 

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Helping pets in need

At Wood Green, we help and rehome 8,000 pets in need every year. Some need urgent medical treatment, others just need love and care while we find them the perfect new owner. We’re also here to support people to be the best pet owners they can be.

Help us transform more animals' lives: sponsor a pet pen today. For as little as £6.50 per month, you could help pets get all the care they need while we find them a forever home. And you'll see the difference you make with regular updates and photos.

Sponsor today

Meet the team


Aara

Name: Aara

Role: Pet Advisor

Pet/s: 2 cats, a Ragdoll and a Moggy, and 3 dogs, a Parson-Russell-cross, Pug-cross, and Yorkie-Cross.

Favourite thing about working at WG: Seeing dogs go home with their forever families!

A funny moment: In the Welcome Centre office, we were looking after a puppy called Cookie. Cookie liked to sit on the desk with us, which was fine, but unfortunately Cookie managed to delete all of our Welcome Centre emails. We eventually retrieved them...phew!

Love: Reading and Medieval history

Hate: Brexit

 

Britt

Name: Britt

Role: Team Leader Dog Section

Pet/s: Bo, a dog, and Mushu, a cat

Favourite thing about working at WG: Lots of learning opportunities with all the new dogs and people you meet every day

A funny moment: Filming with Harry the Doberman, when he ran off with the microphone cover

Love: Nature and being outdoors

Hate: Sweaty cheese

Gemma

Name: Gemma

Role: Dog Rehomer

Pet/s: Fuego, a Chihuahua

Favourite thing about working at WG: When you get to see the dogs go home 

A funny moment: Bear the Pomeranian’s cute cuddles 

Love: Rain

Hate: Tomatoes

Chris

Name: Chris  

Role: Team Leader Assessment and Rehoming 

Pet/s: Dexter, a German Shepherd, Dee Dee, a cat and Yugi, a kitten 

Favourite thing about working at WG: Meeting interesting dogs and people every day 

A funny moment: Trying to leave the meet between Tiny and his potential owners but he didn’t want me to leave and clung to me, it was a bit embarrassing! 

Love: Playing the guitar 

Hate: Queuing  

Lizzie

Name: Lizzie

Role: Pet Advisor

Pet/s: 3 dogs, Lily, a Jack Russell Terrier, Gingie, a crossbreed, and Betty a Beagle-cross.

Favourite thing about working at WG: Every day is different and you are always learning surrounded by an amazing team of like-minded people.

A funny moment: A few near misses with mic packs falling out of pockets and almost down toilets!

Love: Long dog walks, baking, and eating cake.

Hate: Sitting still, smelly crisps, and cheese!

Shannon

Name: Shannon 

Role: Dog Rehomer 

Pet/s: Ernie, Springer Spaniel 

Favourite thing about working at WG: Being outside and being around dogs all the time 

A  funny moment: Trying to get Kimmie, a shy Border Collie out of a bush when the crew were trying to film her. It wasn’t funny for Kimmie but in the end we had to see the funny side. 

Love: Dogs 

Hate: Working outside when it’s raining 

Chris

Name: Chris  

Role: Section Manager Dog Rehoming 

Pet/s: Elsa, a Labrador 

Favourite thing about working at WG: Happy endings for our dogs 

A funny moment: Watching a family meet 10 German Shepherd puppies and seeing their joy at laying on the floor with the puppies climbing all over them. 

Love: Football 

Hate: Being late 

FAQ

  • Who is Wood Green, The Animals Charity?

    Wood Green have been transforming pets’ lives for 95 years. From humble beginnings, we have grown into one of the UK’s largest pet charities. Today, across three locations, we help and rehome 8,000 pets in need every year, and support people to be the best pet owners they can be – all thanks to the generosity of our supporters. 

  • Were Wood Green paid for The Dog House?

    Wood Green were not paid to take part in the programme and have not received any financial incentive from Channel 4. We continue to rely on donations to keep our doors open for pets in need.

  • Can I visit Wood Green?

    We welcome visitors to our three sites, but advise you to get in touch with our team first so we can find out more about how we can help you.

    Please email us at info@woodgreen.org.uk or call 0300 303 9333.

  • I'm looking for a pet. What is the process?

    If you would like to rehome a pet from Wood Green, please visit the ‘find a pet’ section on our website. Here you’ll be guided through some questions that will help us decide whether we have any pets that are a perfect match for you. For more information, please email info@woodgreen.org.uk or call 0300 303 9333.

  • What do I do if I can no longer care for my pet?

    If it's not possible to keep your pet at home anymore, we can help. It can be difficult losing a much-loved member of the family, but we’ll make it as simple and painless as possible.

    Please contact our Pet Support Team here.  Alternatively, call 0300 303 9333 between 8am and 4.30pm, seven days a week. We’ll make you an appointment here at Wood Green to come along with your pet, and talk you through the next steps.

  • Can I visit the dogs in your kennels?

    Wood Green’s dog kennels are not open to the public.

    Every year, we take in hundreds of dogs at our site in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. The reasons they come to Wood Green are varied. Some are unwanted or abandoned, some are suffering from medical conditions or behavioural problems, and others are strays whose histories we know little about.

    We take our responsibility for the wellbeing of these dogs very seriously. Whatever their background, we provide all the care they need and do everything we can to find them a loving new home.

    The experience of being placed in a kennel can be extremely stressful for any dog. For those who have come from a good home, it’s a world away from what they’re used to. The companionship, routine and home comforts they once enjoyed are suddenly gone.

    We strive to minimise stress for every dog in our care by responding to their individual needs – helping them feel safe, relaxed and happy. This includes getting them out of the kennels as much as possible if they’re not coping well. Since closing our kennels to the public, the dogs are generally much happier during their time with us.

    If you’re interested in rehoming a dog from Wood Green whilst visiting our site in Godmanchester, please speak to a member of the team in our Welcome Centre. They’ll have a chat with you about what you’re looking for in a dog, and let you know if we have any that are suitable matches. If we do, a meeting with the dog/s will be arranged. If not, we can still help you on your journey to finding the right dog, and will always be here for any advice you might need.

  • I've contacted you, but I haven't heard anything?

    We’re sorry for the wait. We receive a large number of enquiries, and have seen an increase since the airing of Channel 4’s The Dog House, which features our charity. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can – thank you for your patience.

  • What is your position on euthanasia?

    At Wood Green, The Animals Charity, we give homeless and vulnerable pets the greatest chance of a positive future – a second chance at life. And we put all the care, training and love into making that a reality.

    But when we have done all we can to help a pet overcome a serious medical condition, severe behavioural problem, or both, a decision has to be made about putting them to sleep. This involves our team of experts assessing each pet for quality of life and, for those with behavioural problems, the risk to other pets and people.

    We have a duty to consider the welfare of every pet in our care. In extreme cases, euthanasia will be considered – and is a decision that is never taken lightly.

     

  • I have a press enquiry

    If you have any press enquiries, please get in touch by calling 0300 303 9333 and ask to be put through to the communications team. Alternatively, you can reach individual members of the team with the following extension numbers: Chris Walker (extension 1313), Catie Allwright (extension 1237), or Nicole Perez on 07856 240 152.

    For any out-of-hours media enquiries, please contact Justin Morris on 07588 803 279.