Focus on: Dawn - Dog Care and Welfare Evening Assistant

Guide Dogs life started for me in 2002 as Dawn, Dog Care and Welfare Evening Assistanta result of my young son wanting a dog. I had no experience with dogs so was amazed when I was accepted as volunteer Brood Bitch Holder. I was given Adele, a beautiful yellow Labrador to look after. I was impressed by the support and on-going training given to me by Guide Dogs, especially when whelping and caring for puppies in my home.

In 2008 I was made redundant from another office based job I'd had for 25 years. Then a miracle happened, I got my dream job working part-time at the Breeding Centre looking after puppies that would become the next generation of Guide Dogs. This was a major career change and a huge learning curve for me. With the help of the Staff Learning and Development Programme I soon got to grips with my role. I have met many truly inspiring people who Guide Dogs have helped.

I still continue to volunteer, as Tour Guide at the National Breeding Centre and fundraise with my two retired brood bitches. I am proud to play my small part within such a life-changing organisation.




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"I am proud to play my small part within such a life changing organisation."

- Dawn - Dog Care and Welfare Evening Assistant