Dog lover Carlos is on a rescue missionBy Jon Nurse
May 14, 2012
A young dog lover has been short-listed for a national award recognising his work re-homing dogs.
Carlos Parreira of the Forest School in Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh, helps look after 11 dogs in his home.
The teenager has been selected as a finalist out of hundreds of entries for the Dog’s Best Friend award at the Dogs Trust Honours event.
“It all started with me begging Mum to get a dog,” he said.
“Then one day she came to collect me from school with a little puppy and I fell in love with him.”
Three years ago Carlos’ mum Maria founded Little Dogs Rescue, an organisation that helps little dogs that need new homes.
Carlos said: “I really underestimated how big it would become. The centre re-homes 400 dogs every year.
“If people want to put a dog into a kennel, they can find us and the foster homes we have.”
The family’s home in Wensley Road, Reading, is filled with dogs that they are trying to re-home.
The 15-year-old said: “We have 11 dogs at the moment and six of them are Yorkshire terriers.
“We’re getting new ones in all the time.
“We’ve re-homed about 20 dogs as a family and I’ve met some really nice dogs along the way. It’s not always easy as they don’t all get on.”
Little Dog Rescue’s Chris Wallace nominated Carlos for the accolade.
She said: “There are not many teenage boys who would give up most of their spare time to help rescue animals and I can’t imagine anyone more deserving for this award.”
In 2010 Carlos and his mum cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End and raised more than £1,000 for the organisation.
The Dogs Trust Honours event, now in its fifth year, recognises people and dogs that have performed outstanding acts of bravery, dedication or devotion.
The ceremony, hosted by BBC Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, will be at The Honourable Artillery Company in London on Monday, May 21.