Each month, the Upper School Service Ambassadors will highlight the service initiatives of members of our community in an effort to inform, inspire, and engage. For the inaugural Spotlight on Service of 2020-21, we feature the work of Ivan (Grade 12) with Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare.
Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare is a local charity that cares for retired racing greyhounds and seeks to find them permanent homes. This self-funding charity relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors to continue its mission. Ivan is one of those volunteers who, for the past year, has served his community by spending time caring for the dogs. While Ivan did not have a background in working with animals, he received training from Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare on how best to interact with the greyhounds. Ivan discovered that some of the dogs were initially fearful when presented with a new person. On a typical day of service, Ivan feeds and walks the dogs and, in this time of COVID-19, he has been able to continue his service by walking the dogs outside without entering the shelter’s building.
Well done to Ivan for finding a creative way to serve the community and for providing needed care and attention for the retired racing greyhounds. Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare is accepting volunteer dog walkers by appointment and more information may be found on their website at www.hershamhounds.org.uk.
If you would like your service to be featured in a future Spotlight on Service, please contact Dr. Norris.