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Meet the volunteers who care for fabulous four-legged friends

This week marks the annual International Day of Charity, our rehoming centre in West Calder is appealing for more people to volunteer to support helpless canine residents. The centre in Bentyhead already has some amazing volunteers, including locals Linda Carroll, Charlie McDougall and Linda Lawson who devote time out of their lives each week to help canine carers. Watch the video above to hear their experience!

Between them they take on a wide variety of responsibilities which are pivotal in freeing up the time of canine carers, allowing them to spend more time training and looking after dogs. Linda Lawson is retired and gives up her time to walk and foster dogs from the centre; Charlie assists the team by attending home visits to ensure the accommodation is secure and suitable for their potential new addition and Linda Carroll helps at the Rehoming Centre by cleaning kennels and walking dogs.

Linda Carrol said:

“I have two dogs at home and can’t imagine life without them, so being able to lend a hand to support many other dogs that don’t yet have loving families, is a very rewarding experience.

“Being retired, I have a bit more time available to devote to volunteering but I do wish I had done this sooner as it is so fulfilling. My favourite part of the role is spending quality one-to-one time with the dogs, playing off lead in the barn or sitting for a cuddle in the summer house. When I’m finished walking the dogs I like to give them a tasty treat before heading off home.”

Susan Tonner, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust West Calder, said:

“International Day of Charity is a great opportunity to get people thinking about the causes they support and how they can contribute in a way that perhaps they haven’t thought of before." 

“Public support is always crucial in helping us enrich the lives of our canine residents, whether this is through donations, adopting a dog, fostering or giving their time to lend us a hand. We would like to send a huge thank you to all our dedicated supporters for everything they have done and continue to do for us.

“Although we already have a dedicated bunch of volunteers, we still desperately need more people to help us in a variety of roles. We’d love to hear from individuals who maybe have a bit of time on their hands and are passionate about canine welfare.”

If you are interested in giving up some of your time to help the team out, get in touch on 0300 303 0292.