Dog rescue centre appeals for helpers

A CHARITY which aims to rescue and rehome abandoned dogs is appealing for volunteer walkers.

Netherlands Dog Rescue at Kilnhurst is in urgent need of dog walkers to help out between 11am and 3pm on weekdays and weekends.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We really need help to get the dogs out of their kennels even if people can only spare an hour. 

“It would be a great way to get fit after Christmas and help dogs that the charity has saved from death row to have time out of their kennels. 

“We would appreciate any time that anyone can give.”

Under the current system, homeless dogs are taken to a pound where they are given seven days to be collected.

If they are not reclaimed or taken in by a dog rescue organisation, the Rotherham Council can legally put them down.

Netherlands Dog Rescue on Kilnhurst road aims to try and save as many of homeless dogs as possible before they are destroyed.

The team cares for the dogs, and rehabilitates them when needed, before finding them new, loving homes.

The spokeswoman added: “We know that every week countless dogs end up homeless.

“We aim to find a companion matched to you and your lifestyle, we believe that these dogs deserve a second chance to become someone’s best friend again.”

The rescue is run by volunteers and funded solely by donations, the charity shop and fund-raising events such as store collections and shows.

It costs Netherlands Dog Rescue £5.50 a day per dog for basic care which includes its kennel, food and cleaning. 

Dogs are micro-chipped, vaccinated, flea’d and wormed.

The charity also educates the public about responsible dog ownership.

For information about the charity or to volunteer contact Lynne Hopkinson on 07786 292104 or visit www.netherlandsdogrescue.co.uk.

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