Spotlight on Brilliant Blair
We are delighted to announce that Glasgow Rehoming Centre’s Media Support Volunteer, Blair Burnett is a 2020 finalist for Petplan ADCH Awards, Volunteer of the Year Award! As a finalist, Blair also scooped up a fantastic £500 prize donation for the centre.
Blair first began volunteering at the centre over a year and a half ago, but his love for dogs and Dogs Trust started long before as a child when his parents sponsored a Dogs Trust dog on his behalf as a birthday present.
A talented photographer and passionate dog lover from the local area, Blair was the perfect candidate to pap our pooches. He helped the centre by taking lots of gorgeous photos of the dogs for their online rehoming profiles to help show off their pawtential and help them find their forever homes (as well as supporting our local media team with other projects).
Brilliant Blair was nominated by our Glasgow Rehoming Centre for the Volunteer of the Year Award and both Blair and the Rehoming Centre were absolutely delighted to find out not only had he been shortlisted, but that he was in the final three too.
Blair said, “I couldn't believe it when the team told me I was nominated for volunteer of the year and it was even more of a surprise to find out I had made it to the final three! The team have always shown me how much they appreciate my work and the effort I put in. However, to have made it to the final three for a UK-wide search for Volunteer of the Year is just incredible. I cannot thank the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow enough for nominating me and the incredible work they're doing.’
Sandra Lawton, our Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow said:
“We’re so grateful to all of our volunteers and everything they do for us, from spending time with our dogs to making sure the centre is clean and tidy, and so much more. Blair has been a big support, not just to us but also Dogs Trust as a whole.”
When Blair discovered that the Glasgow Centre would receive a £500 donation for his achievement, he was delighted. “It will be a brilliant and much welcomed relief for the team in Glasgow who are working hard to ensure the dogs are being looked after and cared for during these hard times.”
When referring to how he feels about his volunteering role at Dogs Trust, Blair said:
“Similar to many Dogs Trust volunteers I am passionate about what I do and being able to help in some way is very rewarding. I love dogs and much of my reward is just being able to see the dogs and work with them.”
A huge thank you to Blair and all of our wonderful volunteers who do so much to support our centres and the dogs in our care.
Did you know nominations for the Petplan Pet Awards 2020 are now open?
These awards recognise exceptional pets who help enrich our lives and shape the world in which we live. You can nominate your pet in one of five different categories including Rescue Pet of the Year. It would be great to see some Dogs Trust dogs nominated and the winning pets will each receive a hamper worth £400.
Find out more: https://www.petplan.co.uk/pet-information/blog/pet-awards/