Explain your role at Dogs for Good in a few lines:

We are temporary boarders which means we look after dogs who live with us for 4/5 months while they train to be assistance/support dogs. We drop them off Mon-Fri at dog school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon – we don’t train them, but we support the training they have. We support the dogs in their downtime time, socialising, and extra-curricular activities. 

Why do you volunteer at Dogs for Good:

I have seen the benefit of assistance dogs in action having worked with young people with disabilities for a long time – and the impact in having a 4 legged companion/picker upper/helper/comforter is just such an incredible and positive thing to see. The bond that forms is wonderful, and the impact on the young peoples self esteem, confidence and independence is amazing as they are able to be out and about on their own without needing another person to go with them.

What’s the best thing about your role at Dogs for Good:

I like being able to support the cause – as a youth worker, my job is all about empowerment and increasing self esteem and confidence, so to be part of an organisation who also does this ticks my boxes.

And on a personal note having a 4 legged woofer at home has been a wonderful thing – a real pick me up for those winter (and summer) months when moods may be low. They get me out the house whatever the weather and are always happy to see you. 

What would you say to someone considering volunteering at Dogs for Good:

Do it!