Justin Kerswell’s photos have helped several of the animals at SARA animal shelter to find safe, loving new homes, but he’s just one of several people who give their time and energy to help the animals. last month Justin chatted to a few of the volunteers about why they come to SARA.
Linda Bartlett has been walking dogs at SARA for five years and has adopted several from the shelter. She says, “I have learnt so much about dog behaviour from volunteering. It is amazing to see sometimes abused and frightened animals blossom into confident and happy dogs.” She adds, “Coming regularly adds much-needed consistency for them and it is so rewarding to see them move on to their new homes.” SARA is especially interested in stronger people to help walk the larger dogs, but all are welcome.
Wendy Daley has lived on Lanzarote since 2003 and has been volunteering at SARA for the past five years. “I trained as a home checker for the RSPCA before moving to the island. I love animals and it is so rewarding to see the cats clean and happy.” It is a job that needs doing daily. She would love to see more people get involved. “Even a couple of hours a week helping socialise the cats would be wonderful.”
Singer/songwriter Lou Hindes has been volunteering at SARA for the past two years. She adopted her dog Quilla from the shelter 18 months ago. She now helps organise donations and sells items for the market from the shed two mornings a week. “SARA is such an important charity on the island”, she says. “It is vital that we do as much as we can to help improve the lives and find homes for Lanzarote’s cats and dogs in need. That all costs money and I’m proud to help.”
Despite a downturn in donations due to the pandemic, daily costs at SARA have to be met. There is already a great volunteer team for the monthly market, but attending helps raise much needed funds. It is currently held at the shelter in Tahiche on the second Saturday of each month (10 am-12 noon). The sorting shed is open to the public (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10-12).
For more information on dog walking or volunteering in the cattery (and for adoptions) phone SARA on (+34) 928173417 (English spoken). Justin Kerswell (Instagram @sara_vol_photgrapher)
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