Our Volunteers

Our volunteers really love what they do. Here are some of their inspirational stories of the joy they get from volunteering with POOPS. 

Ljubica

“I am so happy I joined POOPS. Since my mum says I can’t have a dog (yes, I’m 32 and still living at home with my parents #adulting), volunteering with POOPS means I can finally share all the love I have saved up with the four dogs that I walk.

 

I am absolutely privileged to get to walk Pei Pei, Rascal, Holly and Shorty every weekend. It is the highlight of my week! They are little individuals and have the most beautiful personalities. Each of them makes me laugh one way or another, and makes my life better simply by existing. Pei Pei is an elderly Golden Retriever lady who likes to walk slowly and sniff everything. Rascal (Pei Pei’s son) is a little rascal who is obsessed with treats and his tennis ball…Holly is an adopted former racing Greyhound. Whilst she is elderly, she has the spirit of a young pup!…

 

Shorty is a little chonky Jack Russell with little legs. His owner Jean says that when they adopted Shortly some 5 months ago, he was so overweight that “you couldn’t see sunshine between his legs!” These days, Shorty has boundless energy and does his best to keep up with Holly on our walks. You can probably tell that I am already in love with these four special doggos. It didn’t take long – they are perfect in their own way. I am so lucky to be able to a part of their lives, and the lives of their owners. It wouldn’t be possible without the amazing organisation that is POOPS.”

Our clients have amazing things to say about POOPS!

Sheila

We are so fortunate to have had volunteer Sheila Twine with us from the very beginning. 

 

Little did she realise that attending a party at Tangea Tansley’s house in 2009 would lead her on a journey spanning over a decade with an organisation that would be called POOPS! 

 

Or that there would be so much work to do. A constitution to write, insurances to arrange, a universal favourite – dealing with the tax office, and lots of campaigning with anyone who would listen.

 

“When you’re working, it’s because you’ve got your hand out for the pay check, but when you’re a volunteer it’s completely different. You’re not volunteering for any gain or prestige, you’re volunteering to give something back to the community and it bounces back on yourself. You really feel a million dollars when you volunteer.”

 

To read more about Sheila’s amazing efforts click here.

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Juan P

Juan feels very lucky to have two dachshunds in his life, with the added benefit of knowing that volunteering means helping someone else. He tells us, “It’s a bonus, it’s amazing”. 

Who better to ask than a ‘Super-POOPer’ about what makes a good POOPS volunteer? Obviously people who want to volunteer for POOPS have an affinity with animals, but Juan believes a key ingredient is also understanding how to read people –  a skill he’s picked up on his many travels.

To read more about Juan click here