All our pets at WALTHAM join us from an early age. This may mean at 8 weeks old, when they are mature enough to leave their mothers, or they may be born at the pet centre. We gradually introduce the puppies or kittens to their new surroundings. We are keen to make the most of the sensitive period as juveniles so they grow into confident pets in a range of different situations. We spend a lot of time training basic life skills so that day to day experiences are enjoyable for our pets, and their handlers. This includes how to walk on a lead, meet other pets, interact with people or being handled for a health check. All this training is done through positive reinforcement techniques, to find out more click here. One of the most popular office events is when we have a ‘puppy party’. This is when the puppies get to meet and play with a wide range of people in the centre of our office. A fantastic way to socialise our puppies, and always plenty of smiles from our Associates- a real win-win situation!
We are fortunate to have so many fantastic pet personalities at WALTHAM. But there comes a time when we have to wave farewell to them as they retire from working with us. We look to rehome our cats at 9 and our dogs at 8 years old. There is still a spring in their step, and hopefully, plenty more years for them to enjoy their retirement in their new home. However, if they have veterinary issues which means that they can’t take part in our trials, or their temperament isn’t suited to our environment, and we recognise it isn’t for everyone, we will rehome our pets at a younger age.
Many of our pets have a list of potential new owners, ready and waiting to invite them into their homes. If you are interested in rehoming a WALTHAM pet, please use the ‘contact us’ form to find out more.
Topic and Jinx are both WALTHAM pets that now live together with Su, a WALTHAM Associate. At the pet centre, we will occasionally change the dog breeds we have on site. This happened in 2015 when we rehomed all our Miniature Schnauzers. Topic was in the last litter of Schnauzers we had, which meant that Su rehomed ‘Toppy’ when he was 18 months old. Now 5 years old, he is enjoying being the focus of attention for Su.
Six months ago, Su was able to offer another WALTHAM pet a home- and in strutted Jinx, a yellow Labrador retriever. Although older than Toppy, it only took a couple of days for her to settle into her new home. “Jinx is really sweet natured, but completely unaware of her (large) size and a bit clumsy. She’s fantastic with my grandchildren and has trained them to rub her belly, much to her delight.”
Wilson and Kelp are brothers from the same litter. They worked together at WALTHAM, and now they are both retired with Flea, who trained them during their time at the pet centre. “I worked with Wilson and Kelp and saw how much time they chose to spend together. Every morning when we arrived they would be snuggled up with each other, so they had to be rehomed as a pair.” Now 11 years old, they are enjoying a leisurely lifestyle. Kelp is the first to snuggle up on your lap, while Wilson loves to go off exploring around the farm.