My volunteering story starts in December 2015.
My own dog, a Japanese Akita called Keisha, had recently passed away leaving a big gap in my life and I really missed not having a dog to walk. I found out about Makants through an internet search and got in touch. What appealed to me about Makants was that I could volunteer as much or as little of my time as I wanted, and it could also fit in with my work commitments. I soon found I was able to widen my social life and help the dogs at the same time. A win, win situation!
I started by walking the greyhounds once a week. However, within a few weeks I was given the opportunity of bringing a dog home for the weekend. The idea behind this is that it helps the dogs become accustomed to living in a home, and also gives an insight into their personalities. This first dog (Neil, my first love) was soon followed by another.... and then another. So far I have had eight greyhounds to stay for a ‘sleep over’! I have loved getting to know them and seeing their personalities come to the forefront .... as well as my ‘first love’ there have been the ‘charmers’ and the ‘strong silent types’ too!
It's lovely to see them experience some home comforts, even if only for a couple of days, and I am always surprised at how soon they settle in. The hard bit is taking them back but it is fulfilling to know that I have helped these gentle creatures on the way to their forever homes.
Not wanting to wish my life away, I am looking forward to retirement when I can consider fostering full time, or even adopting one of these gentle loving hounds.
I was warned on my first visit that greyhounds could become an addictive habit and I’ve found it’s true! Having said that I don’t think it’s a habit I need to break, there are far worse ways I could be spending my time! To anyone thinking of volunteering I would say get in touch and give it a go, you won’t look back.
If you are interested in joining our volunteers please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Siobhan on 07960561988 or Angela on 07779913089