DOGS HAVE BEEN extraordinary aids to humans, lately found to be usesful even as carers for old and ill people. Now a Shoreditch day-care dog service believes it has found a way to help what it terms “locally disenfranchised people” by providing a dog-day-care house.
Shoreditch Dog House (SDH) founder Caroline Hand says: “We employ and train local unemployed people who want to work but do not have the opportunities in highly regenerated areas such as Shoreditch.”
Hand describes SDH as a not-for-profit service, few of which have been inspired by a rescue dog.
Hand explains: “Roxy is a beautiful staffy cross, in looks and nature diminishing those nasty preconceptions of the breed.
“She introduced us to so many people in Shoreditch, who have become friends.
“My eyes have been opened to the poverty that exists behind the face of regeneration in the area and this business is dedicated to help those who are in need, especially the children.”
SDH’s website says: “Every time your dogs stay with us for two hours or more, it pays for a tea or a meal for a person in need.”
Hamish Scott 310717
* An SDH pop-up runs at the Canvas, Hanbury Steet E1 5JL, just off Brick lane, from Tues 5 Sep 2017 to Fri 1 Dec 2017, 08.30-2pm. Disabled access difficult. SDH says it also has a doggie hotel in Buckinghamshire for weekend breaks.
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