Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity, caring for over 15,000 dogs every year across its network of rehoming centres. They look for new homes for all of the dogs in their care, and successfully rehomed more than 13,000 in 2016.
Dogs Trust never put a healthy dog down. They carry out preventative work by teaching the importance of responsible dog ownership across schools and communities to ensure better lives for dogs everywhere. So far, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £4.4 Million for Dogs Trust. This funding has gone towards creating a better future for the dogs in their care across the UK.
Player funding is helping to pay for Dogs Trust staff across their 19 rehoming centres in England, Wales, and Scotland. Staff are dedicated to creating a happy environment for the dogs in their care as they wait to find their 'furever' homes.
One example is Canine Carer Ryan Evans, who has been working at Dogs Trust Harefield for ten years. Ryan has seen thousands of dogs head off to their forever homes in this time. He has seen first-hand how the support from players has made a difference, by providing him with the time, ability, and skills to give the dogs the very best care.
In his time at the Uxbridge-based rehoming centre, Ryan has worked with dogs of all shapes and sizes. But his passion has been working with some of the dogs that require extra help and support with their training and behaviour needs. He's currently working with two standout characters called Oswald and Gladys.
Ryan said,"From childhood I have always wanted a career in animals and couldn't see myself doing anything else, and now I've been lucky enough to do it for ten years. I work with the dogs that need a little extra help, and there is nothing better than seeing the transformation from a previously shy dog to one that is more confident and happy. I'm currently working with Oswald and Gladys, two amazing dogs who are overcoming a few issues.
"Four-year-old Oswald and eight-year-old Gladys have had rough starts to their lives and there are only a few people in their inner circle at Dogs Trust. I am lucky enough to be one of them. To see my hard work is helping the dogs that are so misunderstood is what drives me to continue doing what I do."
Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery will continue to go towards the incredible members of the Dogs Trust team, and their mission to help every single dog find their special someone.
For more information, visit the Dogs Trust website.