I know, I know - another post about my animals, but they are such a huge part of my life. Not that I need another excuse to talk about them, but I couldn't say no when asked to blog about the RSPCA's latest campaign #rehomingangels and their page about rehoming cats & dogs.
The only way I can really get across just how much rehoming animals means to me is to go through the stories of my animals and touch upon the dogs home where I volunteer at.
In just a quarter of a year the RSCPA (just one charity) received over 3000 calls relating to abandoned animals. That is just unacceptable. I know just from the volunteering that I do, the numbers are similar all over.
Bertie was an abandoned animal. He was left in a cardboard box outside a farm near where I live. I visited there six years ago with my mum and my nan, saw him in a small hutch being poked at by kids and knew in that instant that he would be mine.
Luckily my nan bought me a hutch for Christmas and I took him home that same day. He's been the absolute best and I really don't know how anyone could have dumped him. A part of me is very glad though, because I wouldn't have had the chance to meet him otherwise.
Basil and Rocky were adopted from the Pets At Home adoption centre as they had become too old to sell in the shop. A slightly different story here, but the thought that these two were "past their prime" in selling age is just really upsetting. They were still very easy to tame despite being older - I'm all for adopting older animals.
Mouse, the hamster. I absolutely love this little man. I adopted Mouse from a local hamster rescue who I support with donations as often as I can. The girl who runs the rescue is amazing and Mouse was in her care because the little boy who Mouse belonged to wanted a hamster in a different colour. The irony here is Mouse changed colour not long after I got him from an all black hamster to a grey fluffy hamster with a black face and a ginger bum. Adorable.
I made a little video to go along with this post, please feel free to laugh at how uncooperative my crew was!!
The charity I volunteer for are: Friends of the Dogs, Wales. There are plenty of dogs in and out all the time. There's not really much more I can say than I do on the video - otherwise I would be ranting for hours and hours!
If you do have any spare time in your weeks, I would suggest volunteering - it's not your money that makes the difference, it's the time you give.