Volunteer Profile: Small Animals

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Animal Care Volunteer: Lizzie & Ed

What is your volunteer role and what does it involve?

We help out with the cleaning of the small animals every Friday. It involved each hutch being emptied of straw and hay and then fresh bedding being given to each pen. We also make sure that each bunny has fresh, clean water and the correct feed.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

We decided to volunteer as we wanted to help the small animals as these are often forgotten at the shelter as people want to help with the more popular dog walking duties. It is also beneficial to Ed who is also using the time as work experience.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your volunteering?

Some of the animals we care for can be a little nervous or timid. We spent time with each of the rabbits and with gentle encouragement try to help boost their confident as they become more friendly.

Tell us about a highlight of your volunteering.

There was once a very small rabbit called Titch who was a young Netherland Dwarf he was so adorable. It was lovely to care for him.

How has volunteering helped you personally? What does it mean to you?

It has helped me gain more confidence in handling the animals and understanding the different dietary requirement of the rabbits, guinea pigs, degu and many of the other small furries the shelter cares for!

What’s the one thing you would tell someone about volunteering?

Volunteering is very rewarding job and I really enjoy my time spent with the small animals and Cheltenham Animal Shelter is such a friendly environment.

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