Bulldogs are instantly recognisable, thanks to their wrinkly faces, flat noses and their tendency to pose for pictures with their tongue out. As such a popular pet, their numbers mean significant numbers are given up each year, as well as others becoming lost or abandoned.
Why Volunteer With A Bulldog Rescue Charity?
Whether you're captivated by those adorable faces or just don't think any animal should go homeless, volunteering for a bulldog rescue charity is a great way to make a real difference. You can get closely involved with the rehoming of vulnerable animals, which is sure to be a worthwhile experience.
If you're passionate about getting involved in bulldog rescue, UK charities like Battersea run centres to find new families for the dogs they take on. You can also find organisations dedicated to the bulldog breed, which may give you the opportunity to learn some new skills and meet lots of great new people, while fulfilling a crucial role at the same time.
How To Help Bulldog Rescue Charities
Whether you're helping a large charity such as Dogs Trust or a smaller local operation, many shelters need people to foster dogs while they wait for a new home. This keeps numbers down at rehoming centres, and the time can also be used to help dogs re-adjust if they've been rescued from difficult circumstances.
ADOPT A BULLDOG
With lots of bulldogs up for adoption across the UK, taking on one as a new member of your family is a great way to help. This is, of course, a really big commitment and isn't right for everybody. However, adopting an animal who's in need of a break and some love can be a hugely rewarding thing to do.
VOLUNTEER AT A RESCUE CENTRE
Shelters play a crucial role in rehoming bulldogs, and there are lots of ways you can get involved. Whether you're working directly with dogs, helping prospective new owners, or providing support on the phone, you can choose a role to suit your personality and skills.
HELP WITH TRANSPORT
Most dogs aren't able to get themselves from A to B under their own steam. If you have a driving licence then you could help a bulldog shelter by collecting dogs from their previous owner, where you may be required to carry out an interview and basic health check of the animal. Your driving skills can also be used to deliver dogs to their new home or fosterer.
…OR HELP AT EVENTS
Like most other charities, bulldog rescue centres put on events to help raise funds. Volunteers are crucial for this, whether you want to get involved in the planning stage or help out on the day. If you have any experience of putting on events then you could find your skills making a huge difference.
Things To Know Before You Volunteer
If you decide to foster bulldogs, the length of time you have each dog for varies depending on how their adoption goes. This means you may need to be a little flexible to prevent dogs being moved around too often.
Where To Get Started
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