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cheltonian pets


ShelterLife Worldwide Support


The CheltenhamAnimal Shelter playshometo lots of volunteers, more recently they had a visitor fromFrance. Thismonth James Clay shares the details of her experience.


We have been exceptionally lucky for the lastmonth to have had a volunteer all theway fromFrance, whohas been throwing herself in to every aspect of Shelter life. Alice, fromMetz in North-Eastern


France, is a studentwhose university supports foreignwork placements andwewere lucky enough to benefit when she joined us for 5weeks, and supported everyone fromthe kennel teamto Fundraising and the Education team. For Alice itwas an opportunity to learn more about how a British shelter operates, aswell as experiencing British life for a while. I’ll let her tell you a little more about her experience… “Iwas so lucky to find Cheltenham


Animal Shelter and be accepted for a placement, it has been awonderful 5 weeks. I have been able towork with everyone in the Shelter and learn howthings are different here to the animal centre’s backhomein France. We do not have the facilities I have seen here, Shelters do not have vets and grooming available in France. The rehoming process is also more involved, backhomewe don’t do house visits for example. I liked seeing Rosie (the behaviourist)work aswell, and howthe teamtrain and exercise the animals every day. The


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dogs here get somuchtime and care, somethingwe could definitely improve back home”. I asked Alice what her favourite memories of her time here will be, and she didn’t hesitate in answering. “TheAnimalDays and education projects are brilliant.NowI have seen it, itmakes somuchsense to bring children in to Shelters and teach them, but it doesn’t happen in France. Also the Charity Shop, another idea thatwe do not do, but giving a second life to things aswell as animals, I love it! I have also had the


opportunity to enjoy fish and chips and a weekend in London, I hope I will do both again one day.” Alice has also been


teaching us a fewthings, and has delivered some amazing results in her time here.Volunteer Coordinator Erica Harden elaborates “Alice has helped us somuch in preparation forOpen Day, with our education events and with somany little projects thatwe otherwise couldn’t have hoped to complete.


She’s leaving behind a real legacy after only a short time and I know we’re all going to miss her”. Thank you to Alice for all her hard


work throughMay, shemadea real impact on the Shelter and I hope she will take lots of ideas back to France with her and have the sameimpact on animal’s lives on the continent.


CheltenhamAnimal Shelter, Gardner's Lane, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 523521 www.gawa.org.uk


Alice


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