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Shelter in East Ayrshire is desperate for volunteers to help save dogs from death row

Dogs at Islay Dog Rescue need volunteers and adopters dog-wow
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Islay Dog Rescue saves hundreds of dogs that would otherwise be put down in PTS shelters, but now they are the ones in need of rescue.

By Justine Seraphin , 12 Apr 2019

There has recently been a shortage of volunteers at the Islay Dog Rescue in Cumnock. The rescue usually works tirelessly to save dogs from death row, taking them in when they are on the brink of euthanasia in different shelters. So far, up to 600 dogs’ lives have been saved thanks to them.

Dog lovers wanted

Currently, the shelter is having difficulty functioning as there are too few volunteers.

Lorraine Jardine, shelter boss, says: “At the minute dogs are dying because we don’t have the resources to take in anymore at the moment which is devastating”. 

Right now, the shelter needs helping hands, not necessarily from professionals, but from people who love dogs and are up to the task! Support is needed in all aspects – the rescue needs dog walkers, dog groomers, and even some handy-man work to fix the gates and kennels. A gardener would even be welcome to help make the place look nice!

Adopters needed too

“The dogs we have here are all lovely they are just down on their luck and need some TLC”, Lorraine adds.

Some of these pups have been in the shelter far too long, and need a home even more than they need volunteers. Shiloh, a boxer/whippet cross, has been in the shelter for 5 years! It’s better than being on death row, but still, a home would be best.

All you need to help these dogs out is to be over 14 years old! And then you can go and help out any day from 9-5 for as long as you want! Plus, the shelter is willing to offer lunch and snacks for all helping hands…sounds like a pretty good deal right?

And if you don’t feel like you’re fit enough to work at the shelter, why not consider donating or even adopting a sweet pup?

Every dog deserves a happy ending!


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