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Volunteers needed for charity shop

Sharon, bottom right, and volunteers at the charity shop.
Sharon, bottom right, and volunteers at the charity shop. / A.B.
  • The newly opened Spanish Stray Dogs charity shop in Duquesa Port needs at least six more volunteers

A new charity shop that raises funds for stray dogs is looking for more volunteers to help extend its opening hours.

The Spanish Stray Dogs charity shop opened its doors last month in Duquesa Port and is staffed by a team of expats.

Funds raised in the shop help pay for a vet that visits some 350 dogs at the Los Barrios municipal kennel near Gibraltar.

The charity shop was opened by Sharon Peterson, who started fundraising for the organisation by hosting garden parties at her home and selling donated items.

Sharon, 68, who is originally from Yorkshire, and has lived in Spain for the past five years, said: “I was getting so many donated items that it made sense to open a charity shop.

“Since we've opened we can't move for the amount of donations we've received - but we can't turn them away.

“We've been overwhelmed by the generosity of people, it's moved me to tears.”

Sharon told SUR in English that the charity shop has to close most afternoons and on Sundays as there are not enough volunteers to keep it open.

“We get a lot of people coming in the afternoon, but we have to close as we don't have enough volunteers. The idea is that if we open later in the afternoons, we can raise more money.

“We need another six volunteers at least. No one gets paid including myself. We are looking for people with good customer service who can work as part of a team.”

The shop, which is in Duquesa Port, sells secondhand clothes, books, furniture and general bric-a-brac.

Sharon explained that in addition to paying for a vet, the Spanish Stray Dogs charity also pays for most of the food for the dogs at the municipal pound.

She added: “A volunteer was begging for dog food outside Mercadona in Sotogrande back in December 2016, as the pound was regularly running out of dog food and was in real dire straits.

“Since then local expats have got together and have organised regular food drops for the pound.”

Locals wishing to donate dog food, cleaning products or bedding can drop them at Itzabar in Sabinillas, the English Butcher in Duquesa Port, A1 Electricals in Torreguadiaro and Sotogrande International School.