🏆 DogLost Volunteer Wins an Award 🏆
A DOG rescuer from Warwick has scooped an international award recognizing her work saving lost and abandoned dogs.
Mum-of-three Trisha Shaw was given the volunteer of the year accolade from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the ceremony in the House of Lords.
The 50-year-old began reuniting lost dogs with their owners in 2013 after she helped find a hound called Elvis who escaped just weeks after being rehomed by Dogs Trust. The pup was eventually found and Trisha caught the rescue bug.
She signed up to volunteer with DogLost – an organization which helps to reunite lost dogs with their families. During this time, Trisha became the Warwickshire and Northampton coordinator for the group and helped to reunite more than 100 pets with their owners.
And after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Trisha shaved her head to help raise money for a seriously ill abandoned puppy. Trisha raised more than £2,500 for the dog’s care and has continued to volunteer there since her diagnosis.
Trisha said: “It all started with Elvis, a dog that went missing in my local area – I volunteered to help find him and it really snowballed from there.
She then became more active in volunteering for DogLost – which she is so proud of. She works extremely hard to make sure she can rescue and care for as many abandoned and lost dogs as possible.
UK director of Animal Welfare and conservation charity IFAW, Philip Mansbridge, said he hopes more people are inspired by Trisha’s hard work.
He said: “Trisha’s many years of volunteering to help dogs in need is admirable. We were particularly impressed by her dedication to go above and beyond to raise funds that are needed to help care for rescued dogs.