|Izzy Van De Ven and Zat Lewis at Soi Dogs.|
Sunderland window cleaners honoured for their work helping dogs in Thailand: A dedication to animals has shone through for a Wearside window-cleaning couple. Izzy Van De Ven and Zat Lewis, have been named volunteers of the year by international dog and cat charity, Soi Dogs. The Sunderland pair visited the charity’s kennels in Phuket, Thailand and were so moved by the plight of the animals they have since dedicated all their spare time to helping the charity.
|Window cleaner, Zat Lewis at Soi Dogs.|
Since joining the charity, Izzy and Zat, 49, who live in Millfield, have between them raised in the region of £150,000. They have also made nine trips to Thailand to act as flight volunteers, bringing a total of 54 dogs back to Britain to their new families. Izzy said: “When we visited the kennels, that was it we fell madly in love with the place and both felt this was where we were meant to be.”
|Window cleaner, Zat Lewis, going for the Guinness World record.|
She said the dogs suffer heartbreaking cruelty and torture when they are stolen for the meat trade and the charity, which works across the world, is dedicated to fighting it. Pop singer Will Young and comedian Ricky Gervais are both celebrity ambassdors for Soi Dogs.
The charity is always in need to funding as the process of getting one rescue dog to a new home in Britain costs £700. Izzy said: “People who donate and who give these dogs new homes are saving a life.” Anyone interested in supporting Soi Dogs, such as volunteering at the shelter, fundraising, donating, sponsoring a dog, becoming a flight volunteer or adopting, visit the website here.
|Izzy Van De Ven at Soi Dogs.|