I'd like to introduce you all to one of the newest members of our team, Kirsty. She's proving to be quite the whizz in the cattery. So, if you've been down recently, it may well have been Kirsty who helped you choose the perfect cat.
Currently the day starts for me at 11.30am, when I arrive I ask what jobs need doing for whichever section (dogs or cats) I am working on for that day. Duties include cleaning i.e. runs/pods, litter trays and food bowls, exercising dogs in the yard/walks, aiding people with adoptions, updating paperwork, afternoon feeds, providing medication for those who need it and socialising/grooming cats when I have free time.
I have always had a huge love for animals and have experience with owning many different pet species at home. I also spent a lot of time gaining work experience from various animal establishments and gaining qualifications such a level 3 animal care and health. I recently completed my degree in zoology and was looking for work and applied for the position when it was advertised and was fortunate to have an interview and be offered the position, giving me the opportunity to be part of a great team and a job that I enjoy doing.
It definitely has to be the transformation of seeing when a new animal is brought into the centre to how they are when they leave for their new loving home. Being able to help an animal that has been made homeless for whatever reason by giving it whatever it needs (veterinary care, nutrition or just some loving care) to become happy and healthy again is such a rewarding job to do.
Seeing the reasons why some of the animals have been brought into the centre is often hard to manage, sometimes it is due to neglect and these are often the hardest to understand but often it due to unfortunate circumstances such as loss of a home and seeing an owner having to give away a beloved pet is also difficult.
I am fairly new to the position but I already have a moment I can share. I have not been around dogs as much as I have cats and therefore being on the dog section was a bit scary at first but that soon changed when I met all the dogs and it was Bear the lovely Akita cross that gave me my first memorable moment when I was with her in the yard. Bear was lovely friendly girl who absolutely loved splashing in the pools in the yard; we had started a little game of fetch the toy out of the pool, I would throw the toy into the pool and Bear would jump in throw it around a bit and then bring it to me. Of course this ended up with me getting a little wet from throwing the soggy toy but Bear decided that I was not wet enough and decided to jump into the pool have a good splash around and then come to me and give me a good soggy hug, needless to say I was certainly very wet after that! Bear went to her new forever home later that day, I will miss her soggy hugs but she will always be remembered for that one memorable moment.
It would have to be Bertha the English lop, I have always loved rabbits and currently have seven at home and therefore the instant I saw Bertha I fell for her. Giant breeds have always held a bit of a soft spot with me as they are often overlooked due to their large size and with Bertha she could be a little territorial but it was nothing a good head rub couldn’t fix. She is still looking for her forever home which I hope she finds soon but while she is here I will aim to give her as many head rubs as I can!
I had not before I took on the position but since working here my family fell in love with Natalia a female cat that came in with her litter of five kittens and we have decided to adopt her. We can’t bring her home just yet as we need to wait for her kittens to be weaned but we are looking forward to when we can and making sure we have everything she needs for when we can bring her to her new forever home.
It's been great talking to you Kirsty. Keep up the great start you've made, and I'm sure you'll be just fine.
Animal Care Assistant