Bow Wow! A Shoreditch dog-lover uses Hackney’s Silicon Roundabout to help deprived people

Canoe0618: A Canadian captained by a dog on Lee Navigation Canal at Clapton, Hackney E5 010618 © david.altheer[at]gmail.comCanoe0618: A Canadian captained by a dog on Lee Navigation Canal at Clapton, Hackney E5 010618 © david.altheer[at]
A dog’s life: professional walkers can treat a pooch well but this Hackney hound is being given a treat
Luxury: Roxy revels In the kind of comfort some people might envy

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.”


Dogwalkers at @ Waltham Marsh Waltham Forest borough London 010617 © david.altheer[at]
Dogwalkers by the River Lee in Leyton exercise a group on one of summer’s humid lunchtimes
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.”

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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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