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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 December, 2004, 00:41 GMT
Dome hosts homeless 'dog crèche'
Homeless person with dog
The "dog crèche" will be set up on Friday
A dog crèche is being set up at the Millennium Dome in London to treat homeless people's canine companions.

It is the first time that homeless charity Crisis has used the venue to host its Open Christmas campaign.

Homeless people will be given food and basic medical care and a veterinary team from The Mayhew Animal Home will be on hand to treat homeless dogs.

Staff from the north London animal home will set up a dog crèche with pet food, bedding, leads and collars available.

Circus skills

The initiative will run from Thursday until 30 December with the dog crèche being set up on Friday.

Some 800 homeless people are expected to take part in a wide range of workshops from plumbing and IT to activities like yoga and circus skills.

The activities will be connected with proper courses that take place all year round.

People who attend the workshops will be given an appointment card they can later take to the charity's Skylight activity centre to discuss training opportunities.

As well as the Dome, five smaller sites, whose locations were being kept secret, will house the vulnerable homeless, including women and those with dependency problems.

The first Open Christmas was in 1971 when a group of 20 volunteers used a derelict church in Westminster, London, to house and feed homeless people during the Christmas week.

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