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First UK pilot of Open Paw starts for rescue dogs at NAWT Hertfordshire Centre

9th July, 2015

This week sees the start of the Open Paw pilot - a new programme that aims to transform National Animal Welfare Trust’s rehoming centres into “universities” for rescued pets.

12 dogs at our Hertfordshire Centre in Watford are taking part in the radical scheme – the first of its kind in the UK - that aims to give every animal all the training, social skills and enrichment its needs to make them more rehomeable and attractive to potential families.

Centre manager Jackie De Friez said: “The animals are adapting to the training quickly. It’s been an exciting week and one we’ve been so looking forward to because of the potential for these dogs’ futures.”

You can read more about Open Paw here and don't forget to sign up to keep up to date with our progress.


Come with us on our journey to Open Paw

We’re making a film to document the progress of the Open Paw programme which will launch its first episode soon.

Watch our trailer here

Sign up so you can be one of the first to watch it or email us if you’d like more information.

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