picture: Banjo out and about visiting before he was rehomed this week
Last week was a busy one for the education team here at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, as Gina explains…
On Tuesday we visited Hartpury College campus to take part in their Big Careers event. We spent the day manning our information stall where we gathered lots of interest from prospective volunteers and students looking for work experience. We answered lots of questions regarding careers in animal rescue and which roles exist alongside the practical care roles. Myself and Erica were able to provide lots of first hand experience in this area, as we both began our careers as volunteers and have now progressed in to the education department. Many people believe the only career option for animal enthusiasts is Veterinary, however there are lots of jobs that either work directly with animals or alongside animals which students may never have thought about such as fundraising, events coordinating, social media and marketing, and even education.
On Wednesday we continued our community work with a visit to Dowty House Care Home, a new home for us. We try to visit local care homes on a regular basis with suitable animals for the residents to enjoy. On Wednesday we took two of our rabbits, Dolly and Jess, to spend some time being fussed and petted by the Dowty House residents. Both rabbits were exceptionally well behaved and seemed to enjoy the experience just as much as the residents did!
Thursday we visited Gotherington Primary School with shelter dog Benny to deliver a talk about safety around dogs. Benny behaved impecabbly in front of the class of 31 children aged between 4 and 5 years. We demonstrated how best to approach and greet a new dog, as well as the best ways to interact with dogs that you know well. Benny showed that some dogs love to climb into the laps of people they know, even when they are a little bit too big! All of the children in the class had organised their own donations to the shelter, which we are ever so grateful to receive. The children were fantastic and incredibly attentive to both Benny and our presentation. We hope they enjoyed listening to the talk as much as we enjoyed giving it!
To finish the week we gave another talk and tour at the Shelter to a group of adults. This 2 hour talk explored the responsibilities that we have as pet owners for dogs, cats and small animals. We looked at our legislative and moral responsibilities for our animals, and how we can make their lives as enjoyable as possible.
This week we have our February half term Animal Experiences and Animal Days, which we are all very excited about as the start of Animal Days means spring and summer are just around the corner!