Say­ing thank you with tea and tails

CAKES AND CHEERS FOR RES­CUE CEN­TRE VOL­UN­TEERS

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO-LEGGED helpers to four-legged friends in Hare­field were thanked with a spe­cial tea party.

Staff at the Dogs Trust West Lon­don, marked Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week by thank­ing the char­ity’s vol­un­teers by invit­ing them to a cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day June 1.

The re­hom­ing cen­tre’s man­ager Richard Moore give his per­sonal thanks to the vol­un­teers for all that they do for the cen­tre, and the 700 dogs it cares for ev­ery year.

Guests were pre­sented with home­made cakes, sand­wiches and lots of other treats. Staff had a won­der­ful time meet­ing and chat­ting with the vol­un­teers, and those who came along were also given the chance to meet some of the foster dogs un­der the char­ity’s ‘Home from Home’ scheme who came in spe­cially, to pass on their very own ‘waggy-tailed’ thanks.

Al­li­son Bash­ford has been a foster carer for the re­hom­ing cen­tre for nearly three years and said: “Vol­un­teer­ing is such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s so lovely get­ting to know the dogs in my care, get­ting them to trust you and them see­ing them re­homed to lov­ing fam­i­lies – it’s so re­ward­ing. Be­tween gaps in fos­ter­ing I love to walk the dogs, do ad­min, help with laun­dry – any­thing that the dogs have a nicer ex­pe­ri­ence in ken­nels whilst they await their for­ever home.”

Theresa Collins works in the re­hom­ing cen­tre’s tea rooms, she ex­plained; “I started off vol­un­teer­ing as a dog walker and did that for around five years. I joined the staff team in the tea rooms for two years and when I left con­tin­ued there as a vol­un­teer.

“I vol­un­teer be­cause Dogs Trust does a tremen­dous job tak­ing in, car­ing for and re­hom­ing so many dogs from all back­grounds and sit­u­a­tions, and I want to do my bit.”

Re­tired cou­ple Sue and Alan Wil­liams have been vol­un­teer dog walk­ers at the cen­tre since 2011. They said their rea­son for vol­un­teer­ing was: “We make a dif­fer­ence!

“We knew when we re­tired we wanted to do some­thing that we would both en­joy to­gether and cer­tainly en­joy the fact we are help­ing the dogs at the cen­tre.

“We ex­er­cise the dogs even if the weather might not be the nicest – the dogs still want their walkies and we’re here to make sure they get them. All of the dogs have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and we love them all. We have made so many new friends, both two-legged and four – noth­ing is bet­ter than see­ing the dogs re­homed and set­ting off to­wards a new life.”

Richard Moore added: “Our vol­un­teer net­work is in­valu­able. With­out our amaz­ing vol­un­teers giv­ing up their time and ef­forts we re­ally couldn’t do what we do, as well as we do it. Our heart­felt thanks to all the vol­un­teers that help to make such a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the dogs in our care.”

If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at the re­hom­ing cen­tre please con­tact Lu­cia on Lu­cia.Rug­giero@dogstrust.org.uk.

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