TAILS are wagging as Birmingham Dogs Home’s top boss has been elected to head up a national welfare body for cat and dog homes.
Giles Webber will be the new chair of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) alongside his role as chief executive at Birmingham Dogs Home.
With Giles at the helm of Birmingham Dogs Home since 2017, the 129-year-old charity is now recognised as a leading voice in animal welfare for the Midlands with a dedicated team working across two sites in Catherine De Barnes and Wolverhampton to care for over 2,000 homeless dogs every year.
Giles said: “I feel immensely honoured to have been chosen by our members to be ADCH Chair and hugely privileged to be in this role at such a critical time in our sector’s history.
“Our members make ADCH the organisation that it is, and I believe that by working together for dogs and cats in the way that we do, the positive impact that we have will be ever greater.”
In a year of lockdowns, the team at Birmingham Dogs Home — like other rescue centres across the country — had to work extra hard to look after dogs for longer as rehoming operations were restricted.
Closures meant additional financial pressures for the sector too.
ADCH came to the rescue by coordinating the distribution of emergency food supplies and Birmingham Dogs Home played a key role as a central hub to distribute pallets of food to charities nationwide so they could continue to provide essential care to rescued dogs and cats.
Giles will take over from Claire Horton, who was also chief executive at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for 11 years.