Kenneth Gibson MSP recently visited the Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Uddingston.
He caught up with the Dogs Trust team to discuss the charity’s recommendations for improving dog welfare in Scotland, including a ban on aversive training devices used on dogs, such as electronic shock collars; further restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks, and the introduction of a robust registration and licensing system for the breeding and sale of dogs.
“I’ve long had an association with Dogs Trust, having first visited Uddingston a decade ago. For example, they provided support and personnel when I organised and hosted free dog microchipping events across Cunninghame North, including the first and largest such event in Scotland. I have always been impressed with their dedication, knowledge and care and I’m grateful that they took time to show me around and share their priorities.
“Dogs can end up in Uddingston for dozens of reasons, most of which are based on the owner’s circumstances rather than the dog’s personality or behaviour.
“Ultimately, all dogs want is to give an abundance of love and receive affection and care in return. If you are considering adopting a dog, I urge you to speak to the Dogs Trust about the option of providing a home to one of their guests.”
Dogs Trust Glasgow Manager, Sandra Downie, added:
“We were delighted to welcome Kenneth to our rehoming centre to show him the work we do for the dogs in our care.
“Like all of us at Dogs Trust, it is wonderful that he also cares deeply about animal welfare, and it was a fantastic opportunity to show him the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes to prepare dogs for their forever homes.”
If you could give a rescued dog a permanent home, please go to:
www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.
Dogs Trust holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to tour the Uddingston facility, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to: www.dogstrust.org.uk/ourcentres to book a place.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and normally cares for around 14,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep.
The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment.
Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary abuse or being put down.