Time at the charity
I have worked with Pets at Home for 8 years now - 2 years of those I have spent with the Charity
Quick summary of your role
I have a brilliant team that work with me, which frees me up to look at different initiatives and work on the strategy of the charity and what we can do as a team to make things simpler and better for our wonderful friends in Pets at Home.
What do you love most about working at Support Adoption For Pets?
I love the team that I work in, its a small team but a pretty great one! I love being out in Pets at Home stores speaking to colleagues about what a difference the money they raise makes. I also love going to rescues its the best feeling in the world when you go to a rescue that we have awarded funds to and see the difference that it has made - and it is all possible because of the amazing donations from pet lovers across the country.
What pet do you have at home?
I have two dogs called Marshall and Russell. Marshall is a four year old Cairn Terrier who runs around the house with the children and loves snuggling them. He is best friends with my four year old daughter, who feeds him and walks him and in return he dotes on her, even waiting in her bedroom until she has gone to sleep at night! Russell is a Jack Russell (aptly named) and is twelve years old and loves sleep and fetch and barking at anyone who walks past the house at the moment! I also have two guinea pigs called Lola and Tilly who are very cheeky little piggies who loves their veggies - their favourite veg is Spinach! they also love cuddles with the kids and it is regular scene to see them snuggled on the sofa with the children watching the latest Disney Film!
What’s your favourite type of pet?
It has to be a dog, the love that my dogs have for me is unconditional and I love when I have put my human children I have snuggles with my fluffy children! I also love Donkeys – so if there is ever Donkey Sanctuaries that need visiting I will knock the team over to get there!!
What is your most memorable rescue experience?
I have so many to pick one, but I was lucky enough to be part of the biggest grant we ever awarded to Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. Myself and Catriona (one of our trustees) turned up to surprise them with the grant and captured it all on film.. I get slightly tearful thinking back to that day as it was so clear that this money was going to make a huge difference to the cats in their care!
What are you most excited for this year at SAFP?
2020 is the most bizarre year ever.. which I am sure you will all agree. We launched our emergency grant programme back in March to help rescues in their times of need. This year will be all about reacting with every change and helping as many rescues in need... all whilst working remotely from all the team!
Where are you most likely to be found in your job?
My job is so varied that there isn’t a standard week for me, if I am not in the office making brews and working with my team I will be out at a rescue trying to put animals under my coat to take home, or I can be out in stores talking to our colleagues to see how we can help them to make a bigger difference. In Covid 19 situation at the moment I am working from home with two children in tow... which is definitely a challenge!