Richard celebrates 20 years of finding dogs their forever homes
Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust West London this month as Centre Manager Richard Moore celebrates 20 years of finding new homes for dogs looking for their very own furry-tail endings – and providing several forever homes for four-legged friends himself along the way.
Richard started his career with Dogs Trust in 1999, when he was the first member of staff at the charity’s then new Merseyside centre, just outside Liverpool. Seven years later he moved down to London to open the new West London rehoming centre in Harefield, where he has stayed ever since.
Richard currently has three dogs of his own but has fostered and adopted many more over the years. The most he has looked after at any one time was seven dogs! His most memorable adoption though was a dog called Brian, who had a compressed spine and had been forced to live in a shed before going into the care of Dogs Trust, and later being adopted by Richard and his family.
After 20 years in the job, Richard hasn’t lost any of his passion for dogs and animal welfare and still enjoys the buzz of being able to make a difference to the animals in his care.
“Dogs Trust helps so many dogs every year and I am truly proud to be part of it all, doing my bit every day to help the dogs in our care. I am also involved in the International training programme, which is really exciting as I have the opportunity to talk to other like-minded people from across the world about their experiences and offer support and advice.”
But even when Richard thinks he’s seen it all, there are still things that shock him after two decades in the job.
“The puppy smuggling scandal is the biggest issue that we currently face and has grown hugely in recent years. I am horrified when I see and hear about the terrible experience that these poor pups go through before arriving in their new home.”
To find out about any of the dogs at Dogs Trust West London looking for homes, please call 01895 544544.