Dog lovers needed to lend a paw

Dogs Trust Kenilworth is calling on local dog owners to lend a paw and volunteers to help homeless hounds.

Although the charity has a dedicated team of staff, Dogs Trust Kenilworth also relies on the support of its centre-based volunteers who have given in excess of 7,000 hours to the charity this year alone.

Dog foster carers also give dogs a temporary home from home whilst they wait to be adopted.

From walking four-legged friends and cleaning kennels to opening up their home for dogs in need, Dogs Trust Kenilworth says their work could not continue if it wasn’t for the support from their herd of helpers.

Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of Dogs Trust Kenilworth and the rehoming centre currently has a variety of roles available, from dog walkers to home visitors and temporary foster carers who can help to care for the dogs in their homes whilst they wait to find their forever homes.

Marie Charley, Volunteers Coordinator at Dogs Trust Kenilworth explains: “Volunteers are extremely important to us as a charity and we couldn’t care for as many dogs as we do without their help. We are always on the lookout for new recruits and really hope these exciting opportunities will appeal to a wide range of people.

“All volunteers will have full training and we provide them with everything they need. If you think you could spare some time to lend a hand, please get in touch.”

Temporary foster carers

The Home from Home Scheme helps to give some of the residents who are in need of some extra TLC, a chance to enjoy some home comforts while they await their forever homes. Dogs Trust are looking for some foster carers who have adult-only and pet-free homes to these dogs in on a temporary basis.

Dogs Trust will supply food and always be on hand to help with any queries. Foster carers will need to live within 40 minutes of the rehoming centre and have their own transport for visits to the rehoming centre to meet potential new families.

Canine Assistants

Canine assistants are needed every day to help with the day to day tasks and support the canine carers. Typical duties include helping to clean the kennels, walking the dogs and helping out the grooming.

Home visitors

Volunteers home visitors will visit adopters’ homes prior to taking their new four legged friends home to ensure they have the right living environment for the dog they want to adopt and the garden is safe and secure. Home visitors are especially needed n Birmingham, Coventry and Rugby.

If you are interested in any of the above roles, Dogs Trust Kenilworth would love to hear from caring, hardworking volunteers and committed foster carers. To get involved you can call the rehoming centre direct on 300 303 0292 or visit