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Animal rescue centre sniffs out new sensory garden

Woodside Animal Centre has been gifted £2,000 by the Leicester office of Gateley Legal to help towards the creation of a new sensory garden for dogs.

The project set to be the first of its kind in the UK will help combat anxiety and stress in the animals.

Katie Munden, fundraising coordinator for the centre on Scudamore Road, said: “This grant will benefit our branch greatly as it kick-starts our fundraising drive for a new sensory garden.

“As you can imagine, many of the dogs arrive at Woodside feeling very stressed. This may be due to their new environment or as a result of them being subject to cruelty and/or neglect. Most people will be aware that a dog's primary sense is their nose and scent work has proven to build confidence.”

A total of £40,000 needs to be raised by Woodside Animal Centre to fund the new sensory garden. The project sees an unused chicken paddock transformed into a sensory haven through the use of herbs, aromatherapy plants and activity platforms.

Chris Greenwell, partner and head of Gateley Legal’s Leicester office, said: "This has been a great year of fundraising for the team and it's been a real privilege to help such an important organisation.

“The staff and team of volunteers work tirelessly to care for and re-home the abandoned and abused animals from across Leicestershire.”

Woodside Animal Centre is an independently-funded rescue centre. In 2018 the team successfully rehabilitated, retrained and re-homed over 800 animals.

To find out more visit www.rspcaleicester.org.uk.