We are a small charity formed in June 2010, dedicated to the rescuing and rehoming of abandoned dogs in South Yorkshire. Our aim is prioritise saving dogs from the council pounds in Yorkshire and give them a 2nd chance of a happy life.
Each year approximately 100,000 dogs are picked up from our streets. If they are not microchipped or have any identification they are taken to the local pound. From this moment the clock starts ticking....the dog only has 7 days before it is in danger of being destroyed. Although the staff at the pounds try their hardest not to do this, space can be limited at times and unfortunately, they are sometimes forced into this situation.
It is at this point we try to rescue as many dogs as possible. However, it is a sad fact that we can't save them all. This is why we need help from volunteers and funding from the general public to ensure our work continues.
Everyone involved with Willow Dog Rescue is a volunteer so no paid staff! This means that 100% of donations or funds raised go directly to helping the dogs...guaranteed!
Overseeing the whole operation of the charity as well as all aspects of the rescuing and rehoming of the dogs is the responsibiltiy of the trustees Julie, Sarah, Karlie & Nicola. Julie and Sarah are the founders of the charity and trustees of Willow, and Nicola and Karlie have been volunteers since it began in 2010.
We are supported by our charity shop manager Margaret, who has been with the charity for over 10 years now, and her dedicated team of charity shop volunteers who we couldn't do without.
We also have Sylvia and Mick who have been with Willow since it began. Sylvia and Mick assist with a variety of different jobs from being emergency dog fosterers to operating our shop and kennel delivery service.
We also rent our kennels from Barnsley Animal Rescue whose staff look after our dogs within the kennels alongside a group of volunteer foster carers who look after the dogs who cannot cope with kennel life. We also have a team of dedicated dog walkers, who ensure the dogs get out for regular walks whilst in kennels.