Animal lovers are being asked to help save healthy dogs at a rescue centre from death row.
Volunteers are needed to take the dogs to the beach and give them baths, as well as to repair kennels at Islay Dog Rescue in Cumnock, East Ayrshire.
The rescue centre is on the brink of closure due to a massive shortfall in volunteers, meaning they can’t save any more dogs from ‘death row’.
So far, 600 dogs have been saved by volunteers.
Helpers will be treated to lunch and refreshments in reward for walking the adorable dogs.
Shelter boss, Lorraine Jardine, 54, said: ‘At the minute dogs are dying because we don’t have the resources to take in anymore at the moment which is devastating.
‘We save dogs from death row.
‘They are usually perfectly healthy but no one can take them on, that’s where we come in.’
Even schoolchildren can get involved with helping, as long as they are over the age of 14.
Lorraine added: ‘We are desperate for volunteers to help us look after the dogs. It would be great to have some dog walkers – that’s something we are really lacking.
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‘We have a fully operational wash room that need a groomer to wash the dogs, they don’t need to be a professional they just need to be up to the task.
‘We need some work done on the gates and the portacabin outside.
‘Just general pieces like that would make a massive difference.
‘We could do with someone who has an interest in gardening as well to make the place look nice and welcoming.
‘The dogs we have here are all lovely they are just down on their luck and need some TLC.
‘They need someone to come take them to Dumfries House, Ayr beach, and other outings that they can enjoy together.
‘We welcome volunteers every day between 9-5 as long as they are over the age of 14 and they can stay for an hour or all day if they like.’
So far, £11,000 has been raised to restore the kennels, just £2,000 short of the charity’s target.
Lorraine said: ‘We are really picking up from scratch here and need all the help we can get.
‘The shelter is a serious risk if we don’t get some more volunteers.
‘We have rehomed over 600 dogs, so to fail now would just be unthinkable.’