Tregon provides paws for thought in making volunteering history

Ray Dunn with his dog Tregon who has just been made an official WRVS Volunteer in Hastings

Ray Dunn with his dog Tregon who has just been made an official WRVS Volunteer in Hastings

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HE might not be able to serve tea and coffee, but he can sit and listen to your woes for hours.

For Tregon the Husky dog has become the first in the country to be registered as an official canine volunteer for the WRVS.

The loveable pooch enjoys socialising with the people who use the centre in South Street, St Leonards.

But what he likes most about his new role is the regular treats.

Tregon (official number LM346064) is the first canine volunteer in the history of the service.

He is an assistance dog, and first came to the centre several weeks ago with his owner Ray Dunn, who is also set to become a volunteer befriender.

Centre manager Sue Adey saw this as a great opportunity as many older people who would love to have a pet are unable to do so.

She said: “Ordinarily we would not be able to have animals in the centre due to health and safety, but as this was an assistance dog we could accept him.

“I filled in a volunteer application form and enclosed a letter for Head Office to explain my logic, and I was immediately surprised when they said yes.

“Tregon did not need referees or a CRB check (as he is a dog) and therefore they fast-tracked his application.

At the WRVS head office in Cardiff, unsure of what to put in the references section of the application, they entered “Jack Russell.”

Sue added: “At the point where there was space for a signature, I drew a little paw print.”

Ray and Tregon, his memory dog, are at the centre most days, and the newest member of the volunteer contingent is going down a treat.

Sue said: “The dog is very gentle. He gets fussed rotten.”