Rescue dogs get ‘paw’litical with parliamentary visit

Rescue dogs and canine carers at Dogs Trust Glasgow received a welcome visit recently from dog enthusiasts, Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, and her husband Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North. On their visit they received a tour of the Glasgow facility and got to meet some four-legged friends along with way.

After their tour, Patricia and Kenneth chatted with the Dogs Trust team about the charity's recommendations for improving dog welfare in Scotland. These include a ban on aversive training devices used on dogs, further restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks, and the introduction of a robust registration and licensing system for the breeding and sale of dogs.

Following the visit, Dogs Trust Glasgow Manager, Sandra Downie, said: 

“We were delighted to welcome Patricia and Kenneth to our rehoming centre to show them the work we do for the dogs in our care. Like all of us at Dogs Trust, it is wonderful that they both also care so deeply about animal welfare, and it was a fantastic opportunity to show them the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes to prepare dogs for their forever homes.”

Patricia Gibson said:

“We really enjoyed visiting Dogs Trust Glasgow and we would like to thank the team for spending some time with us and showcasing the amazing work they do.

“It is clear to see how passionate the staff at Dogs Trust are about their work, which really shined through when we got the chance to meet everyone. We look forward to exploring ways in which we can continue to work together in the future.” 

If you think you could give a rescue dog their forever home, please go to to start the virtual adoption 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.