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Volunteer to help pets... and improve your people skills

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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PET charity the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals is appealing for animal lovers to lend a paw and volunteer at its Torquay store to help raise vital funds for sick and injured pets.

Store manager Laura Jones (pictured) said: "We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about pets and who can lend a hand at Torquay's PDSA store.

"Volunteering for PDSA is fun and the skills you learn look great on any CV, plus you get to meet new people and make some friends along the way.

"No previous retail experience is needed, as full training is provided for all new volunteers.

"So, if you would like to help sick and injured pets, why not join our friendly volunteer team here at Torquay PDSA store?"

Animal lover Claire Hill, 41, started volunteering with PDSA as part of a back to work programme. She said: "I didn't really know what to expect when I started and didn't realise exactly what went on behind the shop front with all the sorting, hanging, steaming and tagging. Some of the items which are donated are an eye-opener."

The volunteer, who has been with PDSA for nearly two years, had considered volunteering in the past, but was held back by a lack of confidence.

Claire added: "I suffered a serious illness 10 years ago and had been a full-time mum for many years, so volunteering has helped to build my confidence and gives me time to be a person and not just a mum."

Claire, who owns two cats and a hamster, would encourage others to have a go at volunteering with PDSA: "It gives you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and the possibility to learn new skills. Just go in with an open mind and have a go, it may just surprise you and you have nothing to lose."

Volunteer Mark Gooding, who has volunteered with the PDSA store in Torquay for 12 months, originally started volunteering to help others, but was surprised how much he benefited from the experience himself. He said: "PDSA has changed me as a person in the respect it has helped me be a lot more confident. Since volunteering I have been able to secure employment thanks to the skills I gained."

The PDSA store in Union Street raises funds to provide PDSA-funded veterinary treatment in the local area. For more information contact Laura Jones on 01803 389300.

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