The 'paw'fect way to spend Student Volunteering Week 2018
This week sees the start of ‘Student Volunteering Week 2018’ (19 – 25th February), and student Ren Shilcock told us all about the time she recently spent volunteering at Dogs Trust West London in Harefield.
19 year old Ren is a student from Capel Manor College, based at the Gunnersbury Park campus.
Here’s what she had to say about her time volunteering at the rehoming centre…
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer at Dogs Trust?
I have a big interest in dog behaviour and training – as well as the rehabilitation of dogs. I feel that Dogs Trust gives a big insight as to what dogs can be like and all of the different characters that you can come across. It shows that every dog is an individual – I wanted to give my time to help out an amazing cause and to broaden my knowledge of Dogs Trust.
Q: What are you studying and what are your future plans or dream job?
I’m currently studying Level 3 Animal Management. I would love to work within the areas of canine behaviour and rehabilitation, as this is where my passion really lies. I’m still open as to whether I do this privately, or for a charity as wonderful as Dogs Trust.
Q: How do you feel the work experience you’ve undertaken at Dogs Trust will help you with your plans?
My time here at the centre has provided me with valuable and useful insider knowledge about the industry that I want to get into – and it has also confirmed that this is definitely what I’d like to do.
Q: What has been the best part of your time at the rehoming centre?
The best part is getting to meet and interact with such a wide range of dogs, there are so many different breeds, and I meet all shapes and sizes which is great! I’ve really enjoyed my time here.
Q: Describe a typical day for you volunteering at Dogs Trust
A typical day at Dogs Trust is completely varied. It involves lots of kennel cleaning, feeding times, dog walks and then of course, lots of canine cuddles!
Q: Do you have any advice for others considering volunteering at Dogs Trust?
Go for it! The work is so rewarding and you’ll have so much fun, you won’t regret it. Also, remember to wrap up warm if you’re going to be out and about working here in the winter months!
Q: Anything you’d like to finish with?
This has been a great learning experience and has given me the push I needed to think about and seriously consider my future career plans and the possibilities that are open to me. Thank you so much Dogs Trust West London!
If you’re interested in volunteering at Dogs Trust West London in Harefield you will need to be over 18 years old and can find out more here or email Lucia Ruggiero.