Help us to help other dog lovers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

UMPTEEN cars dis­play the sticker ‘A dog is not just for Christ­mas’ and it is right that would-be dog own­ers in South Bucks do not adopt a new pet with­out weigh­ing up the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and com­mit­ment they are tak­ing on.

Dogs cre­ate much de­light and this is a mes­sage to dog lovers as we reach the char­i­ta­ble pe­riod of Christ­mas and con­sider new year res­o­lu­tions.

Sto­kenchurch Dog Res­cue keenly needs more vol­un­teers to help keep it go­ing in 2015. We help re­duce the num­ber of strays and en­sure those aban­doned are found new homes and hap­pi­ness. We have a good team of staff but need vol­un­teers to help with fundrais­ing and get chummy with our dogs as the in­ter­ac­tion makes their lives hap­pier. They stand a bet­ter chance of find­ing new homes as a hap­pier dog is a friend­lier dog.

We have vol­un­teer walk­ers who take dogs for a stroll up the road to the woods. It works well.

This char­ity proudly cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary last year and in that time many thou­sands of Bucks dogs have been re­homed.

There is also a fos­ter­ing scheme. A dog is placed with a vol­un­teer for a while and we pay vet bills, can sup­ply food and lots of ad­vice. Help­ing our dogs is a great new year res­o­lu­tion.

A press­ing prob­lem is to find more vol­un­teers to help fundraise; per­haps to help once a month at a jum­ble sale or two or three times a year for about an hour with street col­lec­tions or at a su­per­mar­ket en­trance.

We of­ten need help ‘be­hind the scenes’ too or just send a do­na­tion – and put us in as part of your will!

You can also sign up as a mem­ber and we keep in touch with news­let­ters.

Any­one want­ing to help us should con­tact our ad­min­is­tra­tor, Lisa Mor­ley, or Alan Dur­rant, dog wel­fare man­ager, on 01494 482 695 for a chat.

We are ex­tra proud that we never put a healthy dog to sleep, un­like some full an­i­mal shel­ters un­der pres­sure from new ar­rivals.

GE­OFF PERFITT Sto­kenchurch Dog Res­cue, Ox­ford

Road, Sto­kenchurch

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