Rescue dogs get ‘paw’litical with visit from John Mason MSP

Rescue dogs and canine carers at Dogs Trust Glasgow received a welcome visit recently from John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston. On his visit John Mason MSP received a tour of the Uddingston facility and got to meet some four-legged friends along the way, before learning all about the current issues affecting dog welfare in Scotland. 

Sandra Downie, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said:

“Although John has visited us before, life has changed at the centre as a result of the pandemic, and it was great to be able to showcase how the team has risen above these challenges during this time. It is fantastic to be in a position to welcome our dog welfare advocates like John back to the rehoming centre, to see first-hand the important work that goes on behind the scenes and we are really grateful to him for spending some time with us. 

“While at the Rehoming Centre, John got to meet Watson, a very friendly greyhound, who is currently looking for a new owner to come forward and give him all the love he deserves.” 

John Mason, MSP, said:

“It was a pleasure to visit the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow again and discuss how recent changes in legislation have or will impact the dog population in Scotland. Getting the perspectives of individuals who work in dog welfare is an effective way of understanding what has already been achieved, as well as the work that still needs to be done on this front.  

“It is clear to see how passionate the staff at Dogs Trust are about their work, which really shined through when I got the chance to meet Watson. My fingers are crossed that he finds a new home soon and as a big supporter of the charity, I look forward to exploring ways in which we can continue to work together in the future.”  

If you think you could give a dog like Watson their forever home, please go to to start the virtualadoption process.    

Dogs Trust Glasgow holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to to book a place.