Labrador Rescue Trust celebrates re-homing 10,000th dog
FOSTERING her 50th dog is a personal milestone for Belinda Filmer as she prepares to celebrate the wider achievement of the Labrador Rescue Trust.
Belinda, from Brockhampton, is the joint regional coordinator and trustee for the Labrador Rescue Trust, which marks its 25th anniversary this November.
The trust, which was founded in 1988 and helps to rehome the dogs, has just found a new owner for its 10,000th Labrador, Ruby, who will be taken in by a family in Cornwall.
Belinda has fostered 50 dogs since she joined the trust as a member in March 1998, when she got her first chocolate Labrador, Fudge. The dogs are found new homes after a time.
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She said: "They are the most popular breed of dogs by far. If you look at the registration figures, you'll see that Labradors are more registered in this country than any other breed of dogs.
"I think that comes down to the public perception of Labradors and what kind of dog they are. They are friendly and, in the right hands and with the right training, exceptionally good dogs.
"When I first adopted Fudge, I just fell in love with her. She was amazing, and she had already had five different homes when she came to me at 18 months old. I had her until we had to put her to sleep at 15 years old last year."
The trust was founded in the south-west of England and has grown to become the largest Labrador rescue charity in the country, with a dedicated team of more than 140 unpaid volunteers. Belinda said: "We never thought we would get this far when we first started.
"I have been here since I adopted Fudge and when I joined the management committee in 1999, we did not have anywhere near as many dogs as we do now.
"I can still remember rehousing the 5,000th dog. It has just seen a steady increase. We are self-funded, which means all our services are provided through donations.
"It would be nice not to have to deal with so many dogs, from the point of view that it would be better if people were keeping them for a long time. It is a commitment when you own a Labrador."
For more information, see labrador-rescue.com