Dogs Trust on Teeshan Road in Ballymena is planning to add an extension to its existing facilities including a new intake building.
Dogs Trust, known until 2003 as the National Canine Defence League, is a British animal welfare charity and humane society which specialises in the well-being of dogs. It is the largest dog welfare charity in the United Kingdom, caring for over 15,000 animals each year.
The Ballymena Centre has been part of the Dogs Trust portfolio for many decades and is currently one of the oldest sites under their care.
As such a report to planners says that it is now in need of modernisation to ensure the centre is brought in line with other Dogs Trust facilities being built by the charity.
The proposed works include the construction of an intake building and vet consultation/accommodation block on the site of the existing kennel block and now dated isolation kennels. Additionally, a new puppy block is proposed to sit adjacent to the existing training barn.
The site is located 3 miles north of Ballymena town centre in the townland of Teeshan.
In a statement to Causeway Coast Community this morning a Dogs Trust Spokesperson said:
“After finally getting off the ground in January, due to Coronavirus issues, our new Dogs Trust Ballymena Phase One 17 kennel rehoming centre development is underway.
"The facility will offer specially designed kennelling facilities to ensure that a dog that resides with us has comfort, warmth and space to exercise. The facility is complete with external compounds, walking areas and ancillary food prep/bath and grooming areas. To keep up with local demand there are also 3 specialist kennels for dogs that require a little extra help to destress. Plans are currently underway for a phase 2 project to redevelop the existing kennelling facilities.”
The application will go before Mid and East Antrim's planning committee later this year.