Collette Stevenson MSP welcomed to Dogs Trust Glasgow

Dogs Trust Glasgow welcomed a ‘paw-litical’ guest on Monday (13 June 2022) as Collette Stevenson, MSP for East Kilbride, who visited to find out more about the charity and the work we do.

As well as meeting some of the dogs still awaiting their forever homes, the visit provided an opportunity for Collette Stevenson to chat to Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager Claire Cairney about our important ongoing work in Scotland and the work being done to improve legislation designed to stop puppy smuggling.

We explained to Collette that we had recently seen a rise in the number of dogs arriving at the centre, including many with behavioural problems, which we believe is a down to the increase in dog ownership over lockdown.

Collette also spoke about the Fireworks & Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill which, if passed, would restrict the supply and use of some types of fireworks. Dogs Trust has seen the immense stress fireworks can cause dogs and the negative impact this has on their welfare.  

As a current member of the Criminal Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, Collette has spoken recently on the Fireworks & Pyrotechnic Articles Bill in both the chamber and committee. 

Dogs Trust Glasgow Assistant Manager Claire Cairney said:

“We were delighted to welcome Collette to our Rehoming Centre to showcase the work we do with the dogs in our care.  It was a pleasure to give an insight into the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes to prepare our canine friends for their forever homes.”  

Collette Stevenson MSP commented:   

"It was a pleasure to visit Dogs Trust Glasgow to meet the incredible team who work hard to ensure all the dogs are well looked after while going above and beyond to match them with their ideal new families.

“I was also interested to hear more about what the charity thought about the proposals made in the Fireworks & Pyrotechnic Articles Bill. As a dog owner myself, I have seen first hand the stress caused to my dog by fireworks, and hope that this new Bill will lessen the impact fireworks have on our pets.” 

Dogs Trust has two Rehoming Centres in Scotland; Glasgow and West Calder. On average 700 dogs a year are rehomed in Scotland with over 430,000 supporters across the country. The charity has also recently extended its successful Home from Home Fostering Scheme into Dundee and the surrounding counties of Angus, Perthshire and Fife.  

For more information about Dogs Trust Glasgow, please call 0300 303 0292 or visit: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/glasgow/