Dog charity SHAK moves into its new headquarters

Stephen Wylie, of SHAK, with Gemma and Star in the new premises in Greenwell Lane. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Stephen Wylie, of SHAK, with Gemma and Star in the new premises in Greenwell Lane. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

A sanctuary for abused and neglected dogs has moved to a new headquarters, which its founder hopes will take the charity to the next level.

SHAK, set up by Stephen Wylie, recently opened the doors to its Alnwick base, located along Greenwell Road.

The new venue will provide an educational environment which will showcase the work that the charity carries out and demonstrate the results it achieves.

It will also provide workshops, interactive courses and presentations on a variety of related topics.

These will include natural health and wellbeing and certified alternative-therapy courses. Leigh Smyth, of Essentials for Equilibrium, which provides holistic consultations, products and trainin, is on board and a number of courses at the venue are already available for booking in 2016.

Stephen said: “Opening our new official headquarters in Alnwick is an exciting progression for us. I hope it will take SHAK to the next level by connecting with the community and opening doors for the charity like never before.

“The charity saves dogs on death row and, with more public awareness and increased funding, SHAK could be saving the lives of many more dogs nationwide.”

On Thursday, January 21, SHAK’s new headquarters will host a talk by Sue McCabe of Muttamorphosis on An Insight Into Problem Behaviour. The event starts at 7.30pm.

Then, on Thursday, January 28, Leigh Smyth will give a talk entitled An Introduction to Using Nature’s Remedies With Your Animal. This will run from 6pm to 9pm.

For nearly a decade, SHAK, which also has a base at a rural location just outside Alnwick, has saved and rehabilitated more than 600 large-breed dogs destined to be destroyed.

Working closely with Northumberland County Council, dog wardens and local vets, Stephen travels nationwide to rescue severely abused and neglected dogs from horrific circumstances and not only provides them with medical attention and rehabilitation, but gives them safe sanctuary for life.

In 2013, SHAK was the beneficiary of the Northumberland Gazette’s Jam jar Army campaign and kind-hearted readers helped to raise more than £15,000 for the cause.

For information about the charity, visit