‘Lassie’ needs volunteer help

Cinnamon Trust.
Cinnamon Trust.

An animal charity helping terminally-ill pet owners is appealing for volunteer dog walkers in the Sleaford area.

The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity whose volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We urgently need dog walking volunteers to help a resident of Sleaford and Lassie, their adorable dog, a six-year-old rough collie who would love to go for a good walk. If you can help we would be delighted to hear from you.

“What happens if illness, injury or just the fact we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four legged companions?”

The charity says a large number of elderly or ill pet owners worry about their ability to care for their pets, feeling their only option is to rehome them.

“This is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together,” they added. “We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays.”

l If you can spare an hour a week to help, call 01736 758707 or email volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk.