Tkay - I adopted my Ollie from the LDH. The people were lovely and the facility in my view is very old and tired, but very very clean. When we were looking for Penny we also went to the LDH. My concern is that they and the RSPCA seem to be more interested in money side rather than finding the right home for the dog. We ended up getting Penny from Save-A-Dog (Yeah, Margy is the greatest)
My take on the LDH was the people work there because they love and care for the animals. I suspect that the power and purse strings are run by a bunch of crusty's who are a little removed from the world of animal rescue!