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.

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

For the past seven 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!

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 our success in 2018, the charity 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

How to find us


988 Pollokshaws Road
G41 2HA


Monday:  11am-4pm
Tuesday: Therapy appointments only
Wednesday: 11am-4pm
Thursday: 11am-4pm
Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday: 11am-2.30pm (from 12th June 2021)
Sunday: Closed


9 Ayr Street
KA10 6EB


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.30am-4pm
Wednesday: 10.30am-4pm
Thursday: 10.30am-4pm
Friday: 10.30am-4pm
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday 11am-3pm

Alloa (NEW)

15 Mar Street
FK10 1HR


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

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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