So I finally decided that enough is enough. A few months ago, I quit my job in social care, and started to pursue a career with animals. I volunteer one day a week at a Wildlife Park, where I work with farm animals, small mammals, reptiles, and exotics such as lemurs, skunks and raccoons. I love every minute of my time there, and wish I could spend every day with these beautiful animals. Lots of the animals in this park are rescued from people who took them on as pets, and only later realised the huge responsibility and that they actually could not cope.
Since starting this volunteer work, the cogs in my brain haven’t stopped. I am well aware of the strain on the Wirral rescue centres, the RSPCA here only takes cats and they are always full, and the dog pound are bursting at the seems. If this is the case with cats and dogs, what happens to other animals who find themselves without a home?
I knew that I had to do something. This has been a dream of mine for so long, and I have constantly told myself that it’s “too ambitious” or too much of a challenge. Well I like a challenge, and I knew that if I felt like this, there must be other people out there with a similar passion for saving animals.
My first step has been to carry out a little research into the legalities of creating a charity, I seem to have got my head around the basics for now. Next, I had a little browse around at land for sale to get an idea of the amount of money that needs to be raised just to create the place that I dream of. ALOT! But it’s ok, It’s do-able!
The next step was tricky, I needed to find people who were interested in helping me with this, I have so many ideas for fund raising and I can’t do it alone. I didn’t know how to go about it, I’m not big on using Facebook and I already know the people on my friend’s list there probably wouldn’t be that interested. Where do you go to meet new people?? I knew of this website, meetup.com where people create social groups etc, so thought I would give that a try, and posted an advert for my idea.
Within a few days of going live, I was overwhelmed at the response. There are lots of people out there just like me, passionate enough to make this happen! There are people joining with all sorts of useful skills and experience, I couldn’t be more pleased. Each day that has passed has made me more convinced that this could be possible, with the right attitude and a great group of people I believe that anything is possible.
In a few days, I will schedule an official meet up with all these lovely people that have responded, which will be a chance to get to know one another and we can start thinking about individual roles, and how to move forwards on this journey.
So here it is, Wirral Animal Sanctuary, Week One.