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BHT’s sponsored dog walk, Let’s Go Walkies! took place on Sunday 27 September, with participants walking from Rottingdean beach to Brighton Marina and back.
The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Lynda Hyde, let the 27 dogs and their owners off the leash. Over £1,500 has been raised so far for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, to help people and their dogs move away from the streets.
BHT has to raise £70,000 each year to keep First Base open. For further information please contact Andy Winter on 07734 257759
There is a myth that homeless men and women with dogs receive more benefits. This in fact is not true. So why do some homeless men and women have dogs?
Some may be seeking companionship, unconditional love, warmth and security that they are lacking in other areas of their lives.
Up to 100 use First Base Day Centre each day, of whom three or four have dogs. For the ownsers, they receive advice and use many services provided to help them move away from rough sleeping.
For the dogs, First Base provides dog blankets and food, and advises owners of the Dog Trust which currently provide a free microchipping service.
Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive