A multi-purpose building funded by the community has been officially opened at the ManxSPCA’s base at Ard Jerkyll.
The Play Barn was opened by the charity’s former vice-chairman Ann Vickers in front of a number of supporters.
Facilities include a large area, with a viewing gallery above, for staff to train the dogs in a quiet, controlled environment.
The charity’s Margaret Mansfield said: ‘The training area is fantastic. Staff are taking specific dogs over there and working really hard with them.’
When dogs are rehomed, they will have a personal training plan and it’s hoped they will visit for training.
The area can also accommodate fundraising events and trips from schools and organisations.
Susan Jane Gilchrist’s Room was opened by Jean Gilchrist in memory of her daughter who died last year.
This quiet meet and greet room, laid out like a living room, is where people interested in adopting a dog will first meet the animal.
Previously, people met dogs for the first time in the kennels, which could be noisy and stressful for the animals.
Dogs arriving at the charity will be taken to the temperament testing room to be assessed and see what training they need.
Margaret said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and contributed.’
The project was funded by an anonymous £150,000 donation, a £22,000 grant from the Scholl Foundation and money raised by the Friends of the ManxSPCA and staff.