Each year during the first week of June we love to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week, and this year is no different in that respect. This week we will be throwing the spotlight on a few of our volunteers and sharing their volunteering story. Volunteers are more than important to us at Makants – they are essential – as the rescue simply wouldn’t exist without them. While we can’t have any volunteers at kennels at the moment we will certainly be looking for more to join our team in the future.


‘I’ve been involved in the world of dogs all of my life in one way or another. Gundogs were the family choice and for years I’ve had Weimaraners, out most weekends doing some event or other with them.

I adopted my first greyhound over ten years ago now and initially I was worried there was something wrong with him! Being new to the breed he was the embodiment of ‘laid back chillax’, the total opposite to my high energy hard work Weimaraner! I was, however, assured his ‘Mr Cool’ attitude was perfectly normal.

My involvement with Makants goes back five years or so as I was looking for a dog related volunteer opportunity close to home so I didn’t have to drive far due to still recovering from a fractured wrist. Someone told me about Makants in Tyldesley so I turned up for one of the dog walks and then started to get involved with fundraising too.

Not long afterwards I was asked if I could take the photographs of the new arrivals for the website. I very much enjoy meeting the new greyhounds when they first arrive, some love the camera and enjoy showing off, others a little timid and unsure of where they have found themselves. I often find myself crawling in the grass and mud trying to get a perfect shot, not the most glamorous volunteering role but something I gain great satisfaction from. It’s also wonderful to see how the hounds start to relax after only a week or so at Makants.

If anyone is thinking of volunteering for the rescue please don’t hesitate to step forwards. There are plenty of ways to get involved and you can do as much or as little as you are able. You will be made very welcome, included, and valued – but best of all you will be helping these wonderful dogs ‘.

Thank you Sue!

*Please note our kennels remain closed to visitors and volunteers for the time being*

Makants Greyhound Rescue is based at:

Makants Farm, Mort Lane, Tyldesley, M29 8PF

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