Companionship in the Community

Our Community Spaces in Glasgow, Troon and Alloa offer social and canine companionship to retired people in, and around, the community.

Update: All community spaces are temporarily closed at the moment due to COVID-19.

Our latest Community Space project, offering social and canine companionship to retired people in, and around, the community.

For the past five years, the ‘Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home‘ charity has successfully supported the over 60s to afford a rescue pet companion.

Where money is a genuine barrier, the charity can pay the rehoming fee of any rescue animal and, if need be, continue to support each month with the cost of pet food and/or insurance.

The charity aims to Tackle loneliness for the individual and homelessness for the animal. It’s a WIN/WIN – the person gets a companion and the animal gets a home!

At just one year old, this project now welcomes 200 people EACH WEEK through our doors!!! Proof that communities LOVE what Give a Dog a Bone has to offer.

On the back of this success, the charity has recently launched a new project – Companionship in the Community, where we offer social and canine companionship to retired people in, and around, the community.

Providing warm and friendly spaces where retired people with, or without, a dog can drop in for companionship and a wide range of free activities, currently including:

  • Group Dog Walks
  • Meet the Rescue Dog Sessions
  • Pet Food Bank
  • Languages for Beginners (Spanish/Italian)
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Crafts
  • Knitting Club

How to find us


Glasgow

988 Pollokshaws Road
Shawlands
G41 2HA

When

Monday:  Therapy appointments only
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Therapy appointments only
Thursday: 11am-3.30pm
Friday: 11am-3.30pm
Saturday: Closed

Troon

9 Ayr Street
Troon
KA10 6EB

When

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.30am-3.30pm
Wednesday: 10.30am-3.30pm
Thursday: 10.30am-3.30pm
Friday: 10.30am-3.30pm
Saturday: 11am-2.30pm

Alloa (NEW)

5 Mar Street
Alloa
FK10 1HR

When

Monday:  Closed
Tuesday: 11am-3pm
Wednesday: 11am-3pm
Thursday: 11am-3pm
Friday: 11am-3pm

Anne (74)

“As a 74 year old widow, I am often lonely. So I can’t express what a joy it is to go to Give a Dog a Bone!

I’m always met by a friendly face and a cup of tea and the opportunity to chat to others in the same position – where else can you do that?

It’s great to see rehomed dogs and their owners and hear what a difference these dogs have made…

The classes offered are a wonderful idea – to learn and mix is really good!

I go home feeling uplifted by the friendliness I’ve been shown.

I love it – it has made a difference to me.

Well done Give a Dog a Bone❤️”

Celia (65)

“I retired from work last year and came across Giveadogabone in Shawlands advertising Spanish-classes for the over 60s. I was very pleased and surprised to find that the class was being offered free of charge to people over 60. This made it possible for me to attend the course and offered not only the opportunity to learn a new language but more importantly to meet and engage with other retired people in the local area. Organisations like Giveadogabone are helping older people within the local community to remain active and find new friendships in later life which is not always easy for those on lower incomes. I hope to attend other classes in the future and am so pleased this facility is available locally. The staff and volunteers that help to run this valuable local service have been so welcoming it a pleasure to attend. “

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