Dog-loving volunteers donate 1,400 days of their time to help homeless hounds
Dogs Trust Manchester is saying a huge thank you to its team of volunteers for all their support as volunteers everywhere are celebrated during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June).
From walking the dogs to chatting to people interested in adopting a homeless hound, cleaning kennels to doing the laundry, dog-loving locals between them, have contributed an incredible 1,400 days - equivalent to almost four years - of their time since the rehoming centre in Denton opened in October 2014.
Katrina Groves, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the rehoming centre, says:
“Our volunteers are amazing. They are such a vital part of the team. At the moment we have 64 and every single one of them is invaluable. One volunteer taking a dog for a lovely walk or sorting the laundry frees up a member of staff to give another dog that bit more TLC that they might need, or perhaps a little bit of extra training or playtime. We want to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to every single one of them for the fantastic contribution they make.”
Helen O’Brien from Denton has been a Canine Assistant volunteer at the rehoming centre for almost three years and says she looks forward to it every week.
“I come in on Wednesdays and love it. My role revolves around helping make sure the dogs have everything they need, whether that’s a great walk, a bit of additional training, a clean kennel or fresh bedding - the laundry is never ending! It’s brilliant to know that you can make a real difference to a dog’s life whilst they are waiting for their forever home. My favourite thing is when we go for off site walks and they run through the long grass. They love it and so do I!”
And fellow volunteer Carol Stokes from Audenshawe, who started volunteering last summer, says it’s the most rewarding thing she has ever done.
“I wanted to give something back and absolutely love dogs so what better way than coming to Dogs Trust Manchester?! The staff are amazing and it’s great to feel part of the team. The best bit is when the dogs get excited when they realise it’s them that you’re taking for a walk!
“I volunteer three times a week and they recognise me and get all giddy when they see me which is wonderful! It really is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I’d encourage anyone who loves dogs and who wants to give something back to their community to become a volunteer.”
Dogs Trust Manchester would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering. If you would like to get involved, please call 0300 303 0292 or find out more here.