The charity was very lucky recently to be chosen by Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl to be given the opportunity to “buy” one of three specially adapted dog unit vehicles for the price of £1! The purpose built vehicle has served the force on thousands of incidents in the last few years, transporting police dogs in comfort and safety, but was due for replacement as it reached the limits of age and mileage for a police vehicle. Martin Surl, who brokered the deal, said “Because they are not standard vehicles it would be difficult to sell these on the open market, so it makes sense for them to go where they can still be put to good use”.
The vehicle is fitted with two large containers for transporting dogs and will be used for home visits, transportation and emergency vet visits. It is also fitted with a separate air conditioning unit which can be run independently from the other vehicle functions, which means we can take dogs to shows and events and they will have a comfortable, cool space to relax when not meeting the public. Particularly good news for Fundraiser James Clay, “we are often asked to take dogs to shows and events but it isn’t always possible. Having a dog meeting the public for a 4 hour event as well as travelling to and from venues isn’t ideal and with no means of providing shelter for dogs we often had to leave them at the Shelter while we attended fundraisers and public events. Now we can take two dogs, in comfort, and safely leave one in the vehicle while the other represents the Shelter, so neither will be working for long. It is perfect for us as the animals in our care are what everyone wants to see and meeting a dog looking for a home really gets across the work we are doing here in Cheltenham”.
The vehicle will soon have the Shelter logos added thanks to our friends at 20/20 Signs, but has already been in service ferrying dogs to their prospective new homes. This wonderful new gift reinforces the close working relationship Cheltenham Animal Shelter has with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner who has long been a supporter of our HALT project working with young people.
Vehicles were also provided to Teckels Animal Sanctuary and Serve On Search & Rescue.