The one thing I wanted to do when starting my blog was to work with a dog charity. Although it’s some people’s dreams to work with brands, my true love and charitable heart will lie with our four legged, waggy tails and wet nosed friends. I’m an avid dog lover so I was over the moon when I could go to my local Dog Trust centre for a behind the scenes tour.
I honestly did not know what to expect when I drove up to Dogs Trust Shrewsbury. I thought I’d be wanting to take them all home and it’d be a real sad place. I’m happy to say it was the total opposite: all the dogs were waggy tailed and bright eyed and you can really see the passion and love the staffs have for the dogs and their jobs.
When we came into the centre, we were greeted by Louise, the manager of Shrewsbury’s Dog Trust and Vickie, who was managing a new campaign called Home from Home. We sat down and had a cuppa and some biscuits whilst they explained exactly what Dog’s Trust do and the different work they do for the dogs. It was honestly heart warming and really opened my eyes to adopting a dog. Did you know that you receive a lifetime of support once you’ve adopted your pooch and you can ring them at anytime for any issues? Nope. Neither did I. And let me tell you, it’s more than what you get when you buy a puppy!
The one thing I really took away from my visit was Vickie’s Home from Home campaign. It was piloted in Leeds and is only across 7 centres. The campaign relies on foster families who’d be looking after a dog for a short period of time. This can vary from 3 weeks up until 3 months. It’s a fantastic scheme for dog lovers, the dogs and Dogs Trust, as it frees up spaces in the kennels for other dogs, the dogs get to experience a loving a home. It’s a great way to see if people really want a dog and allows them to experience the responsibility without the full commitment of a dog who you’d own for 10 year plus!
Vickie said the scheme has been fantastic and a few foster families even adopted their pooch! I personally think it’s a fantastic way to get your doggy fix and also do something amazing for the pooch world. Dogs Trust cover all the expenses for your foster pooch too! It’s something I am going to consider doing when I eventually own my own house as it’d be a great way to see if Rufus would adapt to having a little pal!
If you want further information on Dogs Trust either rehoming process or Home from Home scheme, you can check out their website!
I’d also like to thank Dogs Trust for allowing me to spend the morning looking around the centre and spending time with me explaining their jobs. You guys do fantastic work and I’ll be doing some fundraising for you very soon!