Your vol­un­teer

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Car­men Cole. Role: Branch re­hom­ing co-or­di­na­tor (vol­un­teer). How did you en­ter this role?: I started off vol­un­teer dog walk­ing for a lo­cal sanc­tu­ary and met a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the branch. Through her I joined the com­mit­tee as a trustee and was trained up to take over the role. What are you re­spon­si­ble for?: Co-or­di­nat­ing an­i­mals (dogs, rab­bits, guinea pigs, all man­ner of small an­i­mals) com­ing into the branch – be it to pri­vate board­ing fa­cil­i­ties or fos­ter homes, for their vet­eri­nary care and as­sess­ments, vet­ting prospec­tive adopters and re­hom­ing them. I work closely with Greater Manch­ester An­i­mal Hospi­tal, where the ma­jor­ity of the an­i­mals go be­fore they come into branch care re­gion­ally for re­hom­ing. Also the in­spec­tors, vets and pet own­ers. I am also in­volved with lost and found enquiries and li­ais­ing with own­ers need­ing to re­home their pets, also re­cruit­ing fos­ter­ers and dog walkers. What do you most en­joy about this role?: The ma­jor­ity of an­i­mals that come into our care have been ne­glected, abused, aban­doned or are sim­ply un­wanted, so to see them find such good lov­ing homes re­ally puts a smile on my face, lifts the spirit and quite frankly makes all the heartache and dis­tress worth­while! What have been your high­lights so far while do­ing this?: Know­ing that I, along with the rest of the branch vol­un­teers who all have their own roles to make it hap­pen, have helped so many an­i­mals over the years. I’m proud that we have achieved so many happy end­ings for our furry friends and con­tinue to do so. I’m proud and grate­ful to all those who work tire­lessly for no fi­nan­cial re­ward out­side of their nor­mal jobs and day-to-day lives to help im­prove the lives of an­i­mals. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: Teggs Nose Coun­try Park for the in­cred­i­ble views. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day?: If I had the means and finance to do so it would be own­ing my own an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: Set up an an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary and board an­i­mals for the RSPCA. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Do what you can in life to help oth­ers and all species on this Earth, re­spect and nur­ture all life and make peace, be­cause there is so many de­praved and bar­baric things go­ing on we must do our bit to help. What was your first job?: As a child work­ing part-time in a bak­ery, as an adult, ac­coun­tancy. What is on your MP3 player?: Rock and heavy me­tal, I’m a rock chick at heart! What is your favourite TV show?: Any de­tec­tive drama go­ing. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: I nor­mally read de­tec­tive/mur­der nov­els but I’ve bor­rowed a book called A Street Cat Named Bob - a very lovely read. Who is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: It has to be my mum, the ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ences and hard­ships she has en­dured to come out of it a strong wo­man is amaz­ing. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: Any­one who likes a good drink!

Car­men Cole with Caleb

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