Shelter Life: January 2018

Later this month our Education Officer, Deb Morgan, leaves us on maternity leave and this seems the perfect time to reflect on her incredible 12 years of service at the Shelter so far…

team-dmDeb joined us way back in 2005 as a kennel hand, working on our boarding block. “During my studies at University of Gloucestershire I took a summer job at the Shelter, as I have always loved animals and figured a few months of working outside with lovely dogs would suit me. When the summer came to an end I was offered a part-time role to fit around my academic commitments and having already fallen in love with the Shelter I was overjoyed to stay on!”

Deb remained with the Shelter for the next three years as she completed her degree and during this time experienced everything Cheltenham Animal Shelter had to offer. “I started working with dogs but soon pitched in with the cats and smalls. That first winter was a shock after lovely warm summer walks but I really enjoyed the work, people and of course the animals”. When the time came to start a career Deb was pleased to accept her first full-time post as kennel team leader. “Having seen every aspect of the Shelter’s work over the last few years it was great to have some direct input to how the animals were cared for and the Shelter managed”.

Deb ran a very successful and hugely committed team of staff caring for all the animals at the Shelter for the next three years, at which point it was time for a new challenge. “The trustees wanted to grow our educational activities and this seemed the perfect opportunity to take my knowledge and experience and share it with a wider audience. The Shelter is passionate about educating the pet owners of tomorrow and so am I, it was the perfect role for me!”

For the last 6 years Deb has been delivering a busy programme of talks, visits and projects for children, college groups, foreign students and even incorporated care homes and her old university. “The diversity in my day has kept the role interesting all this time, and the ever evolving Shelter always gives me something new to talk about”. Deb has seen many changes in the facilities here as well as the working practices, as animal welfare standards have improved and new ideas in pet care have been implemented. “The Shelter is in a really good place right now, with lots of exciting developments ahead. I’m looking forward to being back later in 2018 and seeing what’s changed!”

All at the Shelter wish Deb the very best of luck with the newest addition to her family, a sister for young Lucas, and thank her for everything she has achieved in the last 12 years and will do in the future.