Hello my name is Georgia Burton.Our family joined Bulldog Rescue after the devastating loss of our first dog, our Bulldog Stanley, who passed with hydrocephalus in 2007. Initially we joined as fostering volunteers in the November to try and help mend our broken hearts and to give something back to the breed that we fell so deeply in love with. As the charity grew from strength to strength, Tania realised she needed more day to day help and in April 2010 I was lucky enough to begin a voluntary position as National Coordinator. I was voted on as a trustee in 2011, stepping down in order to take over from Vicky as Volunteer Manager in Summer 2013. As the workload from these combined positions began to engulf my life, i reluctantly accepted a part time wage.
My role includes manning the front-line service offering rehoming support and advice to owners and dealing with dog pounds with strays that they would like us to take. I authorise all the national veterinary treatment, calling and settling outstanding balances with up to 175 veterinary practices within the monthly vets run. I manage all the online prescriptions for volunteers and for new owners taking on dogs who need regular medication, along with helping Tania to deal with emergency veterinary crises out of hours. I manage and support the 100 + volunteers across the UK and oversee new applications. I am the volunteers' first point of call for anything they might need at anytime. Our family are also very active volunteers in our own rights - engaging in a high number of home visits, checks and transports - we also have had the honour of fostering many, many beautiful Bulldogs over the years, offering spaces for older dogs, most with additional medical needs, particularly those with congenital heart defects Currently we have a 12 year old permanent foster, Miss Honey who suffered from vestibular disease. She is a proper character, a "great grandma" to the furry members of our family.
Trying to reach a balance with work and home life has always proven a challenge. Working from home means it's easy to be permanently available which is something that this job regularly demands. Often the week will see additional voluntary hours reaching 25- 40 on top of the regular 25. Moreover, the weight of responsibility and emotional investment that we all put into our dogs we are entrusted to help, can lay very heavy on our hearts, but the payoff is to know that we have contributed in some way towards their happiness and contentment and brings surmountable joy. I feel truly blessed to have this involvement within the charity that we as a family, love so much.