Three Counties Dog Rescue in Bourne celebrates 40 years of caring for unloved pets

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THE owners of a dog rescue centre will celebrate its 40th anniversary this month with an open day.

Gyll Mauchline and her husband Max, who run Three Counties Dog Rescue with their dedicated team, in Spalding Road, Bourne, are looking forward to marking the occasion on Sunday, September 11.

They have organised for the event to take place at Burghley Veterinary Centre, in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, from 2pm - which is where they take their rescue animals to be treated and looked after.

Gyll hopes people will stop by to say hello and said: “It is a chance for people who have had dogs from us, and those who want to find out more about what we do, to come along and see us.”

Gyll and Max are delighted to reach their landmark anniversary, but both agreed that they intend to carry on as usual.

Max said: “It is a milestone to reach 40 years, but in a way - nothing changes for us.”

There will be different displays for people to see at the open day, illustrating Three Counties’ work and achievements, as well as cake and jam stalls, tombola and games.

Gyll hopes to highlight to people just how much help they continually need.

The kennels are still full to the brim with animals needing love and attention. At the moment Three Counties is looking after about 50 dogs and more than 10 cats.

Not only do they need people to rehome or foster these animals, but Gyll and her team have to raise lots of money each year because the centre costs about £150,000 a year to run.

Three Counties opened its doors back in 1971 in Hampshire, and the married couple moved the centre to Bourne about 20 years ago.

Since the rescue centre has been running, about 5,400 dogs have been lucky enough to be rehomed.

Gyll said: “It is an achievement given the strict standards we apply in rehoming.”

Potential owners must have an enclosed back garden and the dogs must not be left for more than five hours at a time.

Gyll said these standards are used to make sure their dogs go to a good home where they can enjoy a happy life.

Over the years, the Mauchlines have seen a lot of changes in the types of dogs which come into their care.

Gyll said: “When we first started out, we had lots of mongrels with the odd pedigree breed, but now we mainly take in pedigrees with the odd cross-breed.

“Whatever type of dog is fashionable at the time is the type of dog which rescue centres end up with.”

Three Counties is also hosting a fun dog show at the Waterside Garden Centre in Baston on Saturday, September 17, at 10.30am.

There will be lots of classes to enter as well as a variety of stalls to browse around.

Entries are £1 each.