Volunteers’ Week 2021
Neil’s volunteer story
This Volunteers’ Week, we wanted to showcase the amazing work of our RT volunteers. From daily visits, fostering, phone support, beneficiary support and admin tasks — our volunteers give us so much support, and their time means the world to our beneficiaries and their fluffy four-legged best friends.
We visited Neil on his visit with Rilla this week. He told us more about his story volunteering with Rosie’s Trust.
I started volunteering with Rosie’s Trust in January 2019. A few months before that I had taken partial retirement, and wanted to do something useful with the extra time that I now had available each week. A friend was volunteering with Rosie’s Trust and encouraged me to consider getting involved.
As a dog owner/lover myself, I knew the importance of having a companion pet, and how awful it must be to have to give up a pet in very difficult circumstances. When I considered the mission and purpose of Rosie’s Trust, I knew that I wanted to do my bit in helping to keep people and their pets together. So I signed up as a canine support volunteer with Rosie’s Trust and haven’t looked back.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be on ‘Team Rilla’, which walks Rilla the Chihuahua. It’s lovely to see her so excited when I arrive to take her out. Her owner is so appreciative and thankful for all that the team does in looking after Rilla. In addition to walking Rilla, occasionally I have taken her to/from the vet.
Supporting both humans and animals in this way has been so rewarding and enriching, and I would encourage others to consider volunteering for Rosie’s Trust.”
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