Jane Freeman

Backbone

I am the Treasurer of our Charity and together with Terry opened our first bank account in December 2011, a first and fundamental step in becoming a fully Registered Charity in May 2013.

I was very fortunate to be able to retire early from a career in the National Health Service where I worked as a dentist running my own small NHS practice. Before finally hanging up my drill I worked for a few years at a Dental Access Centre and was on a professional board of a local Primary Care Trust.

Like our entire team, I have been an animal lover all my life, with cats being my particular passion, until a pair of elderly terrier brothers came into our foster facility looking for a new home having lost their previous owner in a tragic house fire. “The boys”, as they are commonly known, arrived at the same time as we had to have our beloved old cat put to sleep, and after a little gentle persuasion worked on my husband, home they came. With them has come enormous joy and companionship, and our early morning walks around the neighbourhood are a perfect start to the day. The old adage, “you are never alone with a dog” is so very true and having them in our life reinforces to me personally  just how important a four legged friend can be to some elderly  members of our community whose dogs, and cats, are their constant companion.

My career in the world of all things dental means that I am a completer-finisher, with an eye for detail, so amongst the Trustee team I am known as “Backbone”

Like Terry, I cannot think of a better way to be spending my “retirement” than working with a wonderful team of like-minded individuals and volunteers who are passionate about helping  pets, and hence their owners, in times of need. It is an absorbing  passion, but when not involved with all things Mutts Nutts, I love to cook meals for friends and family and escape to my allotment with the boys to harvest fruit and vegetables which I can process into Mutts Nutts preserves. In January and February our kitchen is turned over to the wonderful process of marmalade production and I was childishly pleased to win a gold medal for one of my jars of marmalade at the World Marmalade Championships in 2017.