Rachael was a volunteer for many years before joining our team at the sanctuary full time in 2020. To say that Rachael loves animals is the understatement of the year 😀 Just look at the picture - this is Rachael, in her living room, having a cuddle with her pet duck!

Hi Rachael!

How long have you worked with Hallswood?

-I think i have worked for hallswood for about 5 years. I started my very first day in the kitchen at one of the events they had at Hellesdon High school. And boy was it busy! I was hooked after that. I started to work in one of the charity shops on a Saturday. Maria then organised volunteer days at the sanctuary and I went along. And now they are stuck with me and can't get rid of me lol

Could you tell us more of what you work with?
-I work with all the animals that live at the sanctuary. From ducks chickens or tiny baby mice. There are many animals that live at Hallswood lots of cats dogs birds. We even had someone bring in a poorly toad.

What is your favourite part of working for Hallswood?
-The animals!

And dare I ask what the worst part is?
-The worst part is when an animal passes away. It's always sad. But we help the animals as much as we can. But sometimes there is nothing we can do. We make sure the animal is not in pain we make sure they are comfortable.

What would you say to encourage someone to help us by joining our crazy family of volunteers?
-I would say if you want to have the best teacher and learn about animal care come down and have a chat with Jen and Lyz. If you are more of an indoor person talk to Maria who is in charge of the shops. Hallswood is my second family. <3

What is your favourite British wildlife?
-Foxes are my favourite they are such beautiful wonderful animals I love it after we have given Pablo [Resident fox at the sanctuary] a clean bed how he jumps and rolls around in his fresh clean straw. And when you go to feed him he makes the cute little purring noise Xxx

Famous last words: what is your favourite saying?
-My favourite saying is I will ask Jen or lyz lol

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