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Dog rehoming charity Dogs Trust has announced the sudden death of its CEO, Adrian Burder, today.

Adrian joined Dogs Trust, formerly the National Canine Defence League, in 1994 where he was responsible for fundraising and became instrumental in the success of the dog sponsorship idea.

He took the role of CEO in November 2014, commenting, “I’m obsessive about the charity. Having the chance to lead an organisation you love is a great honour.”

Alongside others, Adrian helped make microchipping mandatory and strongly felt that microchipping should be available to all, helping to raise the funds to ensure that this became a reality.

Under his direction, the charity now has 165 experts in training, behaviour and research and 29 Dog Schools to help people better understand dogs and improve dog welfare in future.

Adrian became Chairman of Dogs Trust Ireland in 2014 and also wanted to ensure the charity’s expertise benefitted dogs overseas by setting up Dogs Trust Worldwide. The initiative awards grants to other organisations, running conferences to share expertise and Adrian also spoke with people all over the world at ICAWC conferences.

Dogs Trust has released this statement:

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that our much loved CEO, Adrian Burder, has died unexpectedly following a short illness. Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time.

“Adrian was one of a kind – his passion for animal welfare changed the lives of millions of dogs in the 24 years he was at Dogs Trust. He will be terribly missed by staff, trustees and volunteers past and present and we are so grateful for his immeasurable contribution to making the world a better place for man’s best friend.

“We are all still letting this tragic news sink in. Adrian has been an integral part of our charity for so many years, as a hugely successful fundraiser and then as CEO since 2014. Adrian is Dogs Trust and we will continue our work in his memory.”

Jim Monteith, Acting CEO.

Image by Dogs Trust

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