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John and Judith

paul pickard.jpgA Nottingham couple who devote seven days a week to finding homes for retired greyhounds have been chosen to help profile the invaluable work of volunteers across the country.

John and Judith Morton, who run the East Midlands Retired Greyhound Trust in Sutton-on-Trent near Newark, are fronting a campaign to recruit new volunteers, home more retired greyhounds as pets and to help secure much-needed funds for the charity.

Volunteers are the backbone of a charity like the Retired Greyhound Trust, so the organisation has teamed up with Volunteering England and Volunteers' Week to profile the work of volunteers across the country.

John and Judith are two of hundreds of volunteers across the country who volunteer for the Retired Greyhound Trust.

John said: "We currently have 34 retired greyhounds needing homes. So many dogs means a lot of dog walking, grooming, kennel cleaning, feeding and vet visits twice a week or more if necessary."

John, whose kennels were judged as one of the best in the country by the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: "It can be difficult when you have so many dogs to look after - it is a 24/7 job. Feeding starts every morning at 5.30am and it is non-stop until late at night. But, we love greyhounds and that's why we do what we do. Retired greyhounds make ideal pets - so there is a huge amount of satisfaction when we home one of our much-loved dogs and it makes it all worthwhile." 

John and Judith became involved in homing greyhounds 11 years ago. They loved the work so much they sold their house and invested their own money into building the top class kennels in Sutton-on-Trent for the retired greyhounds in the East Midlands area. 

John added: "The dogs are our life and we want to make sure they have the very best before they leave to be with their new families.

"It is difficult to find good volunteers, but we are always looking for different forms of help. There are all sorts of things that people can get involved with and it is important for us that we get the right people doing the right jobs within our branches - whether it is walking a dog, putting up posters, helping us to raise funds or helping us to staff a stand at one of the many shows. Ultimately, the more people who know about greyhounds and how great they are as pets, the more likely we are to find homes for them.

"I have a great team of volunteers who help and I don't know what I would do without them with so many dogs to look after," he added.

As well as looking after the dogs at their kennels, John and Judith work tirelessly throughout the year attending shows and festivals and organising their own branch events in a bid to raise awareness of retired greyhounds and find them new loving homes.

The Retired Greyhound has teamed up with Volunteering England to become an official partner of Volunteers' Week from the 1 to 7 June 2010 to recognise the great work of its volunteers.

To find out more about volunteering or adopting one of retired greyhounds contact John or Judith, tel: 01636 822032/mob 07734 052659 or log on to www.rgtmidlands.co.uk.