Role at the branch: Volunteer at events and generally help out as much as I can!
Involved with branch for: 6 years
Why I volunteer: I genuinely can think of so many amazing animals that the branch has helped I really wouldn’t know where to start. As they prioritise the animals most in need (those rescued by National RSPCA inspectors) the majority of the stories are pretty horrendous. However, whether it’s a rat or cat, rabbit or guinea pig the branch will do their best to bring them back to health, get them trusting people again and find them a well-suited, loving home.
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: I don’t do any proper exercise so the whole experience is going to be very interesting but I’ve abseiled down a lighthouse, the Trafford Centre and across the Bridgewater Canal in Salford Quays for the branch so how hard can it be…….!?
Involved with branch for: 4.5 years
Favourite animal: There have been too many, my heart belongs to hundreds of small furries. But I guess it would have to be Cheryl, my old black foster cat who hung around the cattery and then my house for a total of 6 months. She had IBD, bald patches and struggled to gain weight but in the end we got her fit and well and she found the best home imaginable with one of our long term volunteers. Happy ending!
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: I’m dreading running, and just moving at a pace faster than strolling really. My greatest fear is getting left behind and watching everyone else who is much fitter than me vanish off over an inflatable bridge. I am looking forward to sliding down an inflatable slide though, there is one right!?
Roles at the branch: Volunteer cat foster carers, but we’ve done all sorts over the last 8 years including dog walking and office support
Involved with the branch for: 8 years
Favourite animals: We've really loved having our little foster cats to stay with us and they're all really special but I think Rumple and Rocky our 3-legged cats have definitely stolen our hearts and of course the lovely Hedgehog, our most recent house guest, who was just a star!
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: We're really looking forward to this event - spending the day bouncing around on bouncy castles sounds brilliant and not something you get to do very often at our age!
Role at the branch: Volunteer fundraiser, photographer and foster carer
Involved with branch for: 2 years
Memorable moment: How everybody fell in love with the rats and they all found new homes so quickly
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: I'm super excited to bounce around like an idiot whilst raising money for all the lovely animals
Role at the branch: Vounteer cat cuddler, previous dog walker, and new ratty foster-er!
Involved with branch for: 2 years
Memorable animals: I'd have to say the rat boys in my care at the moment! And Nico the dog. And Randall the cat.
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: I've done a similar event to this before - so looking forward to it, especially inflatable obstacles!
Role at the branch: Animal Welfare Assistant
Involved with branch for: 4 years
Favourite Animal: Teddy the Lhasa Apso stands out in my mind. I collected him in October 2014 from an inspector who had rescued Teddy from a home where his owners hadn't cared for him properly and let his coat get severely matted. We didn't know, until he literally tumbled out of the van, that his eyesight had also become impaired. It was touch and go with Teddy for a while as he was in such a sorry state, but after a spell in foster care he was adopted. Last year he came to support us at the Big Walkies and it was lovely to see him so happy and well. I cried. A lot.
Thoughts on Gung-Ho!: I am concerned my big fat arse will be mistaken for an inflatable obstacle.