07 Apr National Pet Month: Chatting to our volunteer Anne Tweed
April is National Pet Month, which raises awareness of responsible pet ownership, and celebrates the many benefits of our cherished companions.
During this month, we will be chatting to our very own volunteers, about their experience as responsible pet owners, what it means to them to have pets, and they will also be sharing their Rosie’s Trust volunteer story.
This week, we were speaking to our lovely volunteer Anne Tweed.
Tell us about your volunteer experience with Rosie’s Trust
I have been a Rosie’s Trust volunteer for 5 years now, I can hardly believe it has been that long. Deciding that I wanted to do voluntary work I knew that something like a charity shop wouldn’t be for me, I come from a farming back ground and love the outdoors and of course animals, so when I heard of Rosie’s Trust I just knew it was the one for me. It is easy to love the pets just like they are your own, just a simple walk can mean the world, but also the beneficiaries are all wonderful people and you get to know them so well. I’m on my fourth beneficiary now, each call has been different but so rewarding. Also being a RT phone volunteer I get to speak to beneficiaries other than my own, chat to other volunteers and make that initial contact with people enquiring about getting help and much more.
I am very much part of a fantastic team of people, and I have made many great friends.
Tell us about your own pets!
As for me and pets, well there have over the years been many – rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies ,a pony, a horse, a hamster, a ram, a chicken, a pot bellied pig, and of course cats and dogs galore. Presently we have two dogs. Ted is a Boxer/German Shepherd cross the gentle giant and Daisy the Bassets Hound trouble if ever there was! We have seven cats, 3 are outdoor farm cats, 3 house cats and one that can’t make its mind up. They are all either strays or feral, they seem to find us. I have spent a lot of time gaining confidences and loving friendships but always get there in the end.
What does being a pet owner mean to you?
Animals full stop, large farm animals or pets, they are a huge part of my life. If you give love you are sure to have it returned in spades. I could not imagine not having pets. Working with Rosie’s Trust has given me an opportunity I never thought I would have, keeping people and pets together how perfect is that.
Thanks so much to Anne for speaking with us, and for remaining such a dedicated and kind-hearted Rosie’s Trust volunteer. We are so grateful Anne.
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