23 January 2018
Meet Jan, she is an amazing supporter who has volunteered at Dogs Trust Shoreham for 13 years. Like many others, Jan LOVES dogs!
Jan sees first-hand how much of a difference gifts in Wills make to the dogs in their care. She has ensured that her love of dogs will live on after her lifetime by including a gift in her Will to Dogs Trust.
We asked Jan to tell us why she feels so passionate about leaving a gift to the charity.
What is it that is so special about dogs to you?
They are faithful, loyal; you have fun with them and its unconditional love that they give back to you. Whatever you do, they still love you. I like to fuss and play with them. Walking on the downs on a sunny day is lovely way to spend an afternoon, I like that.
How long have you volunteered with us and do you remember what brought you to us?
I had done some dog walking years ago and then a friend in the office said she’d been down here because she was a dog-walker and she said that she’d been looking after puppies. She thought it was something that I would like to do and that’s how I got involved and never looked back. That was 13 years ago.
What do you do at Dogs Trust Shoreham?
A big part of my job is washing and cleaning the dog’s bedding, blankets, toys and towels, the laundry is never-ending and the washers are going 24/7. As soon as I come in, I start the machines off and see what needs to go in there. I sort out donations, we get lots of lovely donations in and they all need to be sorted.
And if we’ve got puppies in, I sit and play with the puppies. That’s my main thing, I socialise them and give them their first taste of nice human beings. I play with them, socialise them and do their first basic training. I also help out at lots of events.
What do you enjoy most about working at Shoreham?
Oh I think obviously puppies and sitting with needy dogs, the old ones who need a bit of TLC. I can always find a spare 10 minutes or so to go and sit with them. But puppies mainly, especially the real babies, it is so nice.
What made you decide to kindly leave a gift in your Will to Dogs Trust?
Probably because I haven’t got a lot of family, so I wanted charities to benefit. I spend so much time here and you can see the money does help.
How do you imagine your lasting gift will benefit dogs in the future?
You know, it goes a long way to providing different facilities for dogs so I thought, well that’s going to be a good cause to leave the money to. And also a lasting memory to me perhaps, that I’ve enjoyed working here.
Jan’s dedication and support over the years has made the world of difference to the dogs at Shoreham Rehoming Centre. Find out more about Dogs Trust.