People's Postcode Lottery helps Dogs Trust pooches make a splash!
Dogs Trust Basildon is just one of two rehoming centres that is fortunate enough to have a hydrotherapy suite on site for their four-legged residents.
Sophie Thompson started as the centre’s hydrotherapist in September this year and absolutely loves it. She said:
“I’ve always loved dogs, I grew up with a Bernese Mountain dog who became very arthritic as she got older and we tried hydrotherapy, but unfortunately she wasn’t a fan of the water! I have since learned about many treatments that might have helped her mobility. I aim to spread the word about the benefits of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and the conditions it can help.
“I have always been intrigued learning about different therapies and rehabilitation techniques for animals since I was young. Whilst I wasn’t sure of the path I was going to take after university, I saw the advertisement for this job and thought it was exactly what I wanted to do.”
Sophie is just one member of Dogs Trust staff who have been funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and who provide plenty of TLC to the dogs whilst they await their forever families. From Canine Carers to Vet Nurses and Hydrotherapists to Training and Behaviour Advisors, People’s Postcode Lottery ensures that the very best staff are on hand to care for the dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages during the rehoming process.
“Seeing dogs day to day with medical issues that benefit from hydrotherapy allows me to put my years of studying into practice and rehabilitate them back to good health, it’s the best feeling. My job is so rewarding, I love getting involved with dogs whilst they await their forever homes, providing them a place they can relax and get some quiet time or have fun in the water as a form of enrichment."
If you could give a dog at the rehoming centre a second chance at happiness please contact Dogs Trust Basildon on 0300 303 0292.