I have been Manager at S.A.R.A since 2015. I originally started off as Assistant Manager back in 2009. I feel blessed to be able to work for such a worthy course and have the ability to be able to help numerous animals find a new and lovely home. I have always enjoyed being around animals from a young age. I always had pets of my own such rabbits, guinea pigs, and snakes,as well as dogs and cats. I have been involved in obedience, agility and flyball over the years with my own dog and even had the pleasure of taking part in flyball at Crufts. I started working with animals straight from school and I was lucky to be granted a NVQ Level 2 apprenticeships placement with the RSPCA. I was there for two years. After I finished my apprenticeship, I took a year out to working in a factory in order to raise the money for a six week ranger course in Africa, where I studied many different things, such as, Taxonomy, Astronomy, Astrology and Biology, as well as getting to go on safari and see amazing animals, as I needed as to see lots more, in order to become a level 2 Field Ranger. In between finishing at the factory and going to Africa, I completed my NVQ Level 3 in Animal Management through Houghall College, with my placement being a dog groomer.
I have been at S.A.R.A since 2011. I first started as a part time member of staff working three days a week. I started working with animals as soon as I left school and attended Askham Bryan College, where I completed three years of studies in Animal management. I have a true passion for animal care and have had my own pets too, from rabbits, hamsters, and fish, to cats and dogs. I have worked in various placements, gaining experience along the way with small animals, reptiles, domestic animals, farm livestock and zoo animals. I was training to be a Veterinary nurse for just over a year but really wanted to work in a rescue centre! I started working part time for Askham Bryan College and cared for a wide range of farming livestock for nearly 11 years, and then saw the position for Centre Assistant Manager for S.A.R.A. I leapt at the chance. When the centre offered me a full time contract after being here for four years I was over the moon! It has been an absolute joy to work alongside amazing and passionate staff and volunteers to care and find homes for our beautiful animals.
From a young age, I had a passion for animal care. At home we had dogs, cats, a rabbit, hamsters and mice. I have always been fascinated by wildlife and insects too! I first started volunteering at my local veterinary practice when I was 15yrs old. Initially, I did my work experience placement with them. After that, I stayed for a further five years volunteering on weekends. Here, I gained a lot of experience working with small animals from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles and rodents. When I left college, I started volunteering at my local animal rescue centre. Soon after, there was a vacancy for a kennel assistant. I worked as kennel assistant for two years. I was then promoted to Assistant Manager which I worked as for a further two years. I then went to explore the country, spending a lot of time in Scotland. I volunteered at the Retired Greyhound Trust on Skye and regularly looked after pets for my friends and colleagues in Scotland. However, I longed to work in animal rescue once more. I saw the vacancy with S.A.R.A. online and applied straight away!! I was delighted to join the team in October 2015. I thoroughly enjoy working at S.A.R.A. It is an incredibly rewarding job made even better working within such an amazing team!!
Animal Care Assistant
I have been at S.A.R.A. since I was 18yrs old. I started as a placement to complete my hours for an animal care course at Askham Bryan College. I completed a two year course in Animal Management. I fell in love with S.A.R.A and decided to stay on as a volunteer and I’m still here after eight years. I have had numerous animals from degus to dogs and rescued most of them. I have done different placements such as hydrotherapy for dogs, to helping at a vets, but my true passion was helping rescue animals of all shapes and sizes.
Outside of work I have enjoyed competing in flyball with my own dogs and going to numerous country shows. When the job came up for an animal care assistant here at the centre, I jumped at the opportunity. I have learnt so much since starting work here, including going on courses such as caring for wildlife and animal first aid.