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Three Counties Dog Rescue discusses the importance of its volunteers

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Charities like Three Counties Dog Rescue only survive with the help of volunteers, writes founder Gyll Mauchline.

We can only afford a very limited paid staff and this has to be augmented by the willing volunteers that help us out. We can never really have enough suitable volunteers to help us through the daily routine. This involves starting off by getting the food ready following the dog and cat diet list and getting it all into the food bowls. When you are competent and confident the next step is to put the food bowls into the individual kennels.

Once the food has been eaten the inevitable next steps are removing the bowls and in due course cleaning and hosing out the kennels. Bowls are loaded into our commercial dishwasher. Bedding also has to be changed and the dirty bedding washed and dried in our big washing machine.

Gyll and Max Mauchline, of Three Counties Dog Rescue
Gyll and Max Mauchline, of Three Counties Dog Rescue

You could be taking dogs out and excercising them under strict supervision in one of our paddocks and at the end of the day they are tucked up in their inner kennels to settle down.

In addition to helping with the dogs and cats we have a large area of grounds that need to be kept in good order and with our range of buildings and kennels there is usually some repairs and maintenance work that needs to be carried out. So we have all kinds of activity to keep our volunteers busy.

This all works because it is a happy team of all ages that get on well together.

It is not just at the kennels that we need your help. Our shop in North Street, Bourne is also always on the look out for volunteers to help with this valuable work.

Volunteers need to be over 16 and willing to spend sufficient time with us to get trained to be able to contribute. At the kennels we need people to give some time on any of the days of the week up to 5pm. Shop volunteers are needed Monday to Saturday. Give us a call on 077085 89792 or 01778 424953 for the kennels or call in at the shop. Your local charity needs you.

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