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We are hugely grateful to all our fantastic volunteers who come and help us with dog-walking, cat-socialising and a whole range of other jobs that need doing.
This page is a tribute to just a few of the many, but our thanks go to everyone - without your time and help we couldn't do nearly as much to help the animals in our care!
We have a whole team of Receptionists who come in to welcome our visitors and answer the phone and do a wonderful job making everyone feel welcome.
Here is Tina who does resception alternate Saturdays with one of our cats Diesel
Sienna has been spending a lot of time with our cats to help with her studies in animal behaviour.
Here she is with Thomas, who was far more interested in having a cuddle and really didn't want his photo taken!
Josie and Jane come in every Monday afternoon for a good walk and a cuddle with our smaller dogs like Malcolm.
They also help out on stalls at our find-raising events.
Audrey and Sarah are two more dedicated voluteers who especially love walking the bigger dogs like Norton.
Anne has been helping here since we first opened. She always love to walk the dogs who are a bit of a challenge, and now helps on Reception on alternate Saturdays as well.
Pete has also been coming here for many years now and was really happy when the cattery opened. He and Anne rehomed our first cat ever, before the cattery even opened!
Together they also serve coffee and cakes at a local doctors' surgery and do a fantastic job of raising money and spreading the word about us. We don't know what we'd do without them!
Joe loves to come and help us with the dogs and cats whenever he has any spare time.
He is also brilliant at cleaning, which we all really appreciate!
Caitllin (left) does a fantastic job helping walk our dogs and raising money for them.
Kerry (right) comes in to WARS 5 days a week and gets involved with everything she can! Her favourite thing though is spending time with the dogs and getting to know them properly.
Kirsty and Chloe love coming here at weekends and in their holidays to walk and play with the dogs, especially the puppies like Stacey in this photo.
Kim has been coming to walk dogs regularly since early 2008.
She is a highly valued member of our team and already has two dogs from the shelter.
Mandy has been volunteering at the Shelter since 2006.
She helps mainly with cleaning of the kennels and Reception, and has also rehomed a dog from us.
Jude is our Sunday Receptionist.
She has been coming to the Shelter since 2008 and has recently decided that she wants to be even more help so she now comes and walks the dogs as well.
The pleasant and cared-for appearance of the Shelter owes a lot to Rosemary's dedication. She visits the Shelter at regularly to plant bulbs, rake leaves and generally tidy the gardens as well as working in the kennels. Here she is dead-heading some daffodils outside the office.
These are some of the knitted toys which Rosemary makes to raise money for the shelter.
After rehoming Jasper (see the 'rehomed dogs' page!) Anne and Malcolm were so impressed with everything about the Shelter that Anne decided to set up our website to help with fundraising and publicity. They used to visit the Shelter every weekend to take photos of new dogs and Anne would spend a large part of every Sunday afternoon working on the website! In May 2006 she was able to hand over the day-to-day running of the site to Shelter staff so that they can keep it up to date themselves.
When they organised a birthday party they encouraged their guests to give a donation to the Shelter by including this little poem on the invitations :
A rare chance to see Anne on this side of a camera lens, here with the gorgeous Garth, and Malcolm with Wallace.
Daffodil Sunday at Madresfield Court provided the ideal opportunity for these enthusiastic volunteers to set up a stall to raise money for the Shelter.