Twenty-five years of dogged devotion
A devoted dog-lover has spent 25 years – half her life – of caring for dogs and helping them find their happy endings.
Jo Poyner from Birmingham has worked for Dogs Trust Kenilworth since 1994 and has spent more than two decades helping to care for thousands of unwanted and abandoned dogs who come to the Honiley-based centre each year and has helped to find homes for around 32,000 dogs.
Jo’s earliest memories were caring for the ex-racing Greyhounds and Lurchers that were retired from the track and needed new homes. Back then, there was a team of 20 and around 800 dogs were rehomed each year - which is very different to the current team of around 50 staff, made up of Canine Carers, Training and Behaviour Advisors, Volunteer Co-ordinators, maintenance and veterinary staff who provide the best possible care for the 1,300 dogs that find themselves in their care each year.
“The last 25 years have flown by and it’s safe to say I have loved every minute of it. No two days are ever the same and even though a lot has changed since I started, the one thing at the front of my mind every day is to give every single dog in our care everything they need before they go on to find their forever homes."
As a dog lover, the temptation became too much and, over the years, Jo has opened up her home to four legged friends herself and has either permanently adopted or temporarily fostered around 100 dogs. She currently shares her home with Luca the German Shepherd and Bingo the Crossbreed.
“I am definitely of the opinion that a house is not a home without a dog or two and I never tire of seeing dogs trotting off with their new families. I truly believe a dog is for life but in 25 years, the one thing that still shocks me is how dogs are sadly still seen as disposable items. I really hope that for the next 25 years and beyond, Dogs Trust can continue to educate dog owners of responsible dog ownership and help them appreciate that a dog really is for life and something to commit to and cherish.”
To find out about all of the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust Kenilworth please call 01926 569236.