My Week - Georgina Barrington lets the dogs out

The animal welfare assistant at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recounts her week

Georgina Barrington, animal welfare assistant, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Georgina Barrington, animal welfare assistant, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

FRIDAY - It's a busy day in our rehoming kennels. I'm making frozen food cups for the dogs' dinner as part of what's called the kennel enrichment programme. The dogs get their food in different ways every day, just to give them a bit of variety. Volunteers arrive to take the dogs out for their daily walks - it's great to see the dogs enjoy themselves.

SATURDAY - I'm in at 8am because I need to clean the kennels and give the dogs breakfast before members of the public arrive. The dogs get so excited when they see me because they know they're going to be fed! I love weekends - it's the busiest time for rehoming. I hope Bazzle gets lucky today; he's been here for so long. It's the best part of my job when a dog I've grown fond of goes to a new home.

SUNDAY - I've got a bit of time before the kennels open to the public, so I take Ed, a lovely Staffordshire bull terrier, to the paddock to play with his ball and do some basic training. He seems a little stressed so it's good for him to get out and do something he enjoys.

MONDAY - I put on a classical CD as part of kennel enrichment. I try to play some different music each day, but the dogs seem to enjoy classical stuff in particular. One of the dogs in my block seems a bit off-colour, so I pop down to the clinic to speak to one of the vet nurses. They'll be able to check on her when they do their rounds later.

TUESDAY - Today is always the dogs' favourite day because they get peanut butter in a Kong toy. A Kong is a dome-like toy made of rubber with a hole in the middle into which we put food and treats. The dogs have to get the food out by rolling them around and playing with them, and it keeps them amused for hours.

The dog that was poorly yesterday seems much better today - I speak to the vet nurse, who tells me I should keep an eye on her. Finally, Gibson, a mongrel who I've got a soft spot for, went to a new home today. I'm so happy - what a great way to end my week.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes cats and dogs and promotes responsible ownership

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