Hi, my name is Diane and I am a Charity Administrator for Support Adoption For Pets! I’m married to John (we have been married for 27 years!!!) and we have a son Harry, who is currently studying for his A Levels. We live in Cheshire with our lovely rescue dog Penny, two chickens (Margo and Jet) and my horse Tomos (a very beautiful, but sometimes very bolshy, 5 year old gelding!).
Pretty much all of my spare time is taken up down at the stables mucking out and riding regardless of weather conditions. When I am not doing that I am walking my dog, catching up with friends, painting or reading (yes I do have some sit down hobbies!)
Easily, the best thing about my job is helping the wonderful animal charities that we support. The most rewarding thing about this job is when we hear about the “happy ending” stories of animal rescue, or receive a lovely thank-you letter; it makes the job so worthwhile.
Penny, our adopted dog, came from Manchester Dog’s Home when she was a rather shy and skinny 8 month old puppy. It was love at first sight (for her and us) and we have had her for 13 years.
Then I have Tomos. After owning my first horse Autumn for 27 years (she lived until she was 39!), I decided to get another! (The advice of ‘you-should-be-going-for-the-easy-life-at-your-age’ got the thumbs down vote!).
Finally, there is Margo & Jet! Definitely a light bulb moment (‘let’s get some chickens’) but seriously I’m hooked.
When asked what advice I would give to someone who is looking to adopt a pet, my first thoughts are; you must be fully committed to any animal you home. Make sure your new pet is suitable for your present and future lifestyle and you’re suitable for them. A pet should be for life and be part of your family. Give them love, care, and devotion and they will pay you back ten-fold. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
My other favourite animals are orangutans and penguins! However, we just don’t get a lot of requests into the charity to support rehomed penguins!