DOG rescuer Trisha Shaw has set tails wagging after scooping £25,000 for charity.
Trisha has spent the last two years as a volunteer for Pawprints – a rescue centre in Rugby which saves abandoned dogs from death row. She also works as the regional coordinator for DogLost, a charity reuniting dogs with their owners.
The 47-year-old from Warwick works day and night for free to look after dogs in need across the county.
And it is her tireless hard work which led the mum-of-three to win the Britain Has Spirit Community Hero award, which recognises people who have had a positive local impact.
Members of the community voted for her online to secure her win.
Trisha said: “It’s overwhelming, such a huge team effort went into this and we are so grateful to all the people who voted throughout this process.
“The £25,000 prize money will be going to Pawprints Dog Rescue helping stray, abandoned and sick dogs that no-one wants to heal and re-home them.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to dogs and will always try to help with lost dogs. But I also have a special love for those that have been abandoned by their owners, have not been claimed within seven days and are at risk of being put to sleep.
“They are so lovingly cared for by Pawprints, a small charity which is run entirely by volunteers and takes unclaimed strays from some local authority pounds. Every penny that they raise goes to caring for dogs.”
Trisha was nominated by Alison Rowan, from Leamington, who follows her work on social media.
Alison said: “Trisha works tirelessly to raise funds for Pawprints and also works day and night helping local people who have lost their dogs by using social media, putting up posters and going out searching.
“She’s pulled together an amazing group of people who help search and support each other. None of this would have happened without her – she is never too tired or too busy to help out.”