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Animal welfare worker celebrates anniversary in dream job at Dogs Trust

A new addition to the team at Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Canterbury is celebrating her first year of service after getting her dream job in animal welfare. Sue Campbell had always wanted to work with dogs but it wasn’t until after her husband and pet sadly passed away in 2015, that she realised life was too short and decided to make it happen.

Sue, who previously worked as an IT trainer for 19 years, had always been encouraged by her husband to move into a career she was more passionate about. Having raised a daughter together, working five days a week and caring for their dog Millie; Sue’s life was idyllic and ordinary.

Sadly in 2015 her husband Royston passed away of pancreatic cancer and shortly after, Millie also passed away too from kidney failure at six years old. Although it was a devastating loss, Sue wanted to honour her husband by taking his advice and doing something that would continue to have great meaning in her life.

Sue said:

“With my children all grown up and me spending a bit more time on my own, it was important for me to find something that could give me a real sense of purpose. I had always loved dogs and I noticed there was a volunteering vacancy at my local centre in Canterbury.

“During my time as a volunteer I got to help enrich the lives of many dogs at the Rehoming Centre by walking them, cleaning their kennels and helping at feeding time. I did this while continuing to work in my IT Trainer role, however my goal was always to try and switch careers.

“After a year of volunteering, a Canine Carer position became available and so I applied. When I found out I’d gotten the job, I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to devote all my time to a cause very close to my heart.”

As a Canine Carer, Sue now actively supports the assessment process of dogs that come into the care of Dogs Trust; evaluating them in real life situations to gauge what type of home would suit them best. She also supports the training of dogs to ensure they are as best prepared as possible to start a new life as part of a family.

Sue continued:

“As much as my role supports rescue dogs in finding new homes, I feel like they continue to support me in a very similar way, as now I couldn’t image my life anywhere else.”

If you are interested in adopting a dog from Dogs Trust, please give the Canterbury centre a call on 01227 936139.