Canine Concern Scotland Trust is a Scottish Charity. There is a Board of Trustees which is responsible for the overall governance and operation of the Trust. The Trustees meet twice a year and also hold a meeting each year with the Area Representatives. The Trustees prepare detailed Annual Reports and Accounts which are issued to all members and other interested parties. The Trustees have also formed four committees covering Finance, Fund Raising,Therapet, and Education & Legislation.


The day to day administration of the Trust is delegated by the Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer, which is an honorary position at present, the honorary Secretary & Treasurer and employed Administrators. The administration office was moved to Edinburgh in 2013. The Trust has invested in a sophisticated electronic document management system for its files and records.


The Trust has volunteer Area Representatives throughout Scotland who oversee the Therapet Volunteers in their own areas. The Volunteers carry out the very important Therapet Service which involves taking their dogs, and some cats, to visit people in a wide range of places including care homes, hospitals, hospices, secure units, schools and universities.


Presently the Trust has three part-time Administrators:-

Lesley Bird

Administration Supervisor

Lesley Bird joined in August 2013.


She has been a happy dog owner for over 40 years and is currently sharing her life with a handsome young Lurcher called Romey (cross Greyhound/Saluki).  Romey is a rescue dog and thought to possibly have belonged to the travelling people, having been found as a stray in Cambridgeshire. He is almost 2 years old and very nervous, but is settling down well and is lucky to be able to come into the office as Jess did previously.

I have been involved previously in dog training and obedience competitions, not having climbed to Crufts level, but having loved every minor rosette I was lucky enough to win with my dogs. I am also a keen supporter of several animal charities – SPCA, Dogs Trust, WWF, Redwings Sanctuary and The Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home.”

Norma Lawson Hill


Norma Lawson Hill joined in March 2014


Hello, my name’s Norma, I’m the new face and voice in administration. I’m a mother of two grown up boys and live with my husband and two Tonkinese cats (sisters) in rural East Lothian.


What’s brought me to Therapets? After 13 enjoyable years working in a GP practice, my life long love of animals of all kinds has drawn me here. As a sponsor of Guide Dogs for The Blind and various other charities I couldn’t really think of a better way to spend my working days. Animals have always given me pleasure and support so I know how valuable Therapets work is for others.



Carole Dryburgh


Carole Dryburgh joined in September 2017


Carole first volunteered with us by helping to fill envelopes for the tri-annual bulletin, and then by coming into the office to help out with the welcome, but increasing number of enquiries!  Now she’s joined our administration team of three part-time staff in Edinburgh.

An animal lover of all types, both domesticated and wild, Carole very much relished the opportunity of joining CCST.  It was her heart’s choice.  Knowing that Romey, the lovely Lurcher and ‘unofficial’  office  Therapet  (as had been his predecessor Jess),  would also be there on a daily basis, made the decision all the easier! 

Don’t be confused however into thinking you are speaking to Norma, if you phone or pop into the office, it may be Carole as they are in fact sisters!

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© The Trustees of the Canine Concern Scotland Trust

Supported By Burns Pet Nutrition Ltd

Canine Concern Scotland Trust (Scottish Charity No. SC014924)

81-85 Portland Street, Edinburgh, EH6 4AY - Tel: 0131 553 0034

 Celebrating 30 years of service in 2018/2019

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