Rachael has recently joined the Abbey Street team, and it's fair to say she's hit the ground running. Here we'll get to know a little more about her.
The role is varied and everyday is different! At the moment I am mainly working with the dogs. When I am working a full day, I help clean the kennels in the morning and assist with feeding. After that, I work with my colleagues and start socialising and exercising the dogs, on some days I have walked around 10 miles, however, not all of the dogs can be walked off site as their vaccinations need to be up to date. I also meet and greet the public, and suggest suitable dogs for their lifestyle. I have also helped with the RSPCA neutering scheme, picking dogs up from members of the public and transporting them to the vets to be neutered or spayed, then delivering them back after the procedure, so the role is varied which I enjoy!
A friend of mine, who is also studying for a HND in Animal Management, sent me a link and made me aware of the role of Animal Care Assistant. I immediately downloaded the application form and sent it off. Not expecting to be considered for the role, I was overjoyed when I was shortlisted for an interview, and eventually went on to be offered the position much to my surprise and delight!
Having to say goodbye to the animals when they get rehomed, all the animals have their own personalities, but it is so rewarding knowing that they are going to loving homes.
Seeing a dog called ‘Bud’ be rehomed, he found it particularly stressful in the kennels as he would spin and bark alot in his kennel, however, when out on a walk, he was dream! He was very good on the lead, brilliant with other dogs and so loving. I was overjoyed when he found a home as I knew how stressful he found it in kennels.
I love all the animals equally, however, a little old scruffy dog called ‘Bo’ stole my heart, she loved fuss and had so much to give even though she was an old lady, thankfully, a lovely couple gave her a new loving home where she could be loved and spoilt, which is exactly what she deserved!
Not yet! But I would love to adopt a dog from the RSPCA when I get my own house. Using my powers of persuasion I might be able to convince my other half to adopt more....
Thanks Rachael, keep up the good work.
Animal Care Assistant