Celebrating our volunteers during Volunteers' Week

Evesham volunteer Mel

Today we are celebrating our wonderful volunteers and all they do for our doggies and Dogs Trust!

A day in the life of a foster dog highlights just some of the amazing things our pooches get up to in their temporary foster homes.


Temporary fostering offers dogs a chance to live in a real home until a new owner can be found. The aim is to help multiple dogs that need a little more help whilst in our care here at Dogs Trust. Dogs in our Home from Home Scheme are often in need of some extra love and attention because they may have an illness, or kennel life does not suit them for a variety of reasons.  A home environment gives our dogs a chance to shine and show prospective new owners their real personality; it's a wonderful way to help our furry friends and support the work and aims of Dogs Trust. The foster scheme includes all the equipment you need for the dog. For example, collar, lead, toys, treats and bedding. You get help and advice with the dogs’ behaviour and any medical issues that need resolving.

Zena Tredell, Home From Home coordinator, says:

“Volunteers' Week gives us an amazing opportunity to celebrate our fantastic foster carers and all the things they do for us as a charity and our dogs day in day out. It’s not an easy thing to be able to do, fall completely in love with a dog, give them your heart, help them overcome their difficulties and watch them go to their forever homes; but it’s so vital. We couldn’t do such wonderful things without the help and support of our foster carers; they are such a crucial part of our everyday rehoming process.”

It is so heart-warming to see how many people are willing to help out our hounds in their time of need. We have had a great response to our appeal and are therefore we are temporarily not taking on any new fostering applications at this time.

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust CEO A word from our CEO, Owen Sharp

This week is Volunteers’ Week and at Dogs Trust we couldn’t do what we do without the hard work of all our amazing volunteers. So, I want to use the opportunity to say thank you to all of them for the incredible contributions they have made over the last year.

We have around 3,500 volunteers supporting the work that we do and they are absolutely essential in helping us to ensure that we provide the best possible care to as many dogs as we can across the country.

To put it into perspective, during 2019 our volunteers contributed an astounding 221,876 hours, which is 9,245 days or the equivalent of 25 years’ service! 

During lockdown, many of those who give their time have willingly changed the role they do for us, often at short notice, ensuring that we continue to comply with government guidelines and we really are incredibly grateful for their flexibility and continued support during  difficult times.

On behalf of everyone at Dogs Trust, and of course the dogs themselves, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to us for their unwavering support and commitment. Both staff and dogs are very much looking forward to welcoming volunteers back into our centres once it is both safe and responsible to do so.