Behind the scenes at the Dogs Trust Newbury
PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 April 2020
We caught up with Rehoming Centre Manager Antony Dominy
What do you love about Newbury?
I live in Newbury and I love the diverse countryside that provides such lovely places to walk my own dogs. I own three German Shepherds, called Billy, Murphy and Zeka, and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Molly.
Tell us about the work you do at Dogs Trust Newbury
Dogs Trust Newbury is one of 21 Dogs Trust rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland. We rehome around 280 dogs a year to loving new families across Berkshire and beyond and care for around 50 at any one time.
Best bits about your job?
I will never get tired of seeing dogs head off to their new homes – for me that’s absolutely the best part of my job. I also really enjoy seeing the wonderful bond our staff form with the dogs in our care and their dedication to finding the dogs homes, no matter how long it takes.
How do you raise awareness of responsible pet ownership?
Dogs Trust campaign teams are always out and about, raising awareness of responsible dog ownership. They talk to dog owners and potential dog owners and offer informative advice on the fundamentals of owning a dog, including the importance of neutering your pet, the cost and time involved in owning a dog and resources on dog training and behaviour and the legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. We take lots of calls each year from people wanting to give up their pet for a variety of reasons so it’s really important that families fully understand the commitment they are making before taking on a dog.
Any poignant tales about any animals at the centre at the moment?
I’m excited to see Hercules, one of our current rescue dogs, going out to his new home. I worked with Hercules at a different rescue organisation prior to coming to Dogs Trust and when they were no longer able to care for him he came to us. But I’m happy to say he has now found loving new adopters and we can’t wait to see him start his new life.
We’re also still searching for a home for one of our longer term residents, 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Ellie. When she finds a home, that will be the highlight of the year for us!
How can people help?
There are lots of ways people can help us! You could become a volunteer at our centre, helping to walks dogs or help at events. If you can’t commit to adopting a dog, we run a foster scheme where loving foster carers take dogs into their homes on a temporary basis whilst the dogs wait to be adopted. There is also the option to Sponsor A Dog – our Sponsor Dog is Mike who has many adoring fans! We also love to receive donations of blankets, toys and treats for our dogs too.