It’s a dog’s life for man’s best friend when something goes wrong that leaves a dog without an owner, writes Anne Green.
Fortunately, Labradors in Need (LIN) is there to pick up the pieces if disaster strikes, as the registered charity finds new forever homes for Labradors and Labrador crosses when the worst happens.
The charity relies upon volunteers to carry out its work, one of whom is Victoria Smith from Milton Keynes.
Victoria adopted Jakey (pictured above) – a stunning two-year-old Labrador – from LIN last year and soon began volunteering.
Victoria said: “I’ve learned so much from Labradors in Need. I always thought rescue dogs were damaged and dangerous but that’s far from the case.
“There are all sorts of reasons for re-homing but the main thing is all dogs rescued by LIN end up being happy in their new homes.”
Labradors in Need is a foster-based rescue, which means that any dog taken in is immediately placed into a loving temporary home, with an experienced fosterer who is able to further assess the dog’s needs and ensure a smooth transition into permanent adoption.
The charity checks potential adopters carefully, including a home visit.
Victoria explained: “LIN is very committed to finding not just the perfect match for the adopter, but the best forever home for the dog.
“I love being a volunteer because it’s a rewarding experience just knowing you’re helping dogs find new forever homes.
“This charity gives all sorts of ages, shapes, sizes and personalities a chance to be healthy and happy in new homes.”
Speaking about her own rescue dog from LIN, Victoria said: “I’ve never had a dog that’s so super excited about being out for a walk or simply just so happy to be with us. He’s our Jakey and part of our family.”
Labradors in Need is looking for more volunteers in the Milton Keynes area.
There are lots of different ways you could help, and you can spend as much or as little time as you like on volunteering.
Call local coordinator Vanessa Cook on 07786 158637 or visit http://www.labradorsinneed.co.uk for further information.
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