Submitted by Steve on 16:34, 1st Jul, 2016 | 0

Last night the GSPCA greeted 12 new faces wanting to help out at the Animal Shelter and 24/7 work that is carried out

Present were 2 interested in carrying out their Duke of Edinburgh with the others wanting to help with dog walking to reception, cat pen cleaning to helping with the wildlife, fund raising to volunteering to gain experience for their CV and some to help gain life skills.

Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant greeted the group and gave a presentation and talk about the work we carry out 24 hours 7 days a week, the differing volunteer roles and how to work safely at the GSPCA Shelter and our events.

After a 90 minute talk each of the group had a chance to talk to Sarah about what they'd like to do and a date was set for them to come in.

Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant said "We had a lovely evening meeting lots of lovely volunteers last night at the GSPCA."

"At this time of year every department is extremely busy with so many animals and we really appreciate all the help from the volunteers that come in to the GSPCA."

"One of the volunteers has already started and Sarah Langlois enjoyed herself so much this morning has come back again this afternoon to help in other areas."

"Sarah has helped out with the birds in the aviaries and the many other animals we have in the hospital department."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "We hold Volunteer Inductions every month at the GSPCA and it is wonderful how we always have such a great attendance."

"Last night Sarah welcomed 12 new volunteers each wanting to help it different ways and the first started this morning."

"We have over 100 active volunteers every week and over 600 each year, which is about 1% of the Guernsey population."

"Our next Volunteer Induction is at 3pm on Monday 18th July and we have many more planned through the year."

"We couldn't help the thousands of animals that come through our doors at the GSPCA without our fantastic volunteers and great team."

"We look forward to the the new volunteers starting over the next few weeks and thank them all for wanting to help us make a real difference to animals lives in Guernsey."

Currently at the GSPCA we are looking for volunteers to help in some specific areas including -

  • Fund raising and helping at stalls and many events
  • Volunteers to help with our flag day on Saturday 20th August
  • Volunteers to help with the Seafront Sundays, Shows and other events
  • Volunteer gardeners to help around site with St Andrews Floral Group
  • NIGHT VOLUNTEERING - Volunteer Wardens to help provide the ambulance emergency service we provide between 6pm and 8am every night  
  • WEEKEND VOLUNTEERING - Volunteer Wardens to help provide the ambulance emergency service we provide between 8am until 6pm on the weekend
  • Hedgehog Volunteers especially on the weekend
  • Cat volunteers to help with their cleaning and care
  • Volunteer receptionists to help on the front desk

If you can help with any of these roles please contact GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne on 01481 257261 or email stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg

To find out more about volunteering please click here.

We are always looking for volunteers to help at the Shelter in a variety of roles. Volunteers helping raise funds for the GSPCA Animal Shelter Guernsey

You need to be at least 14 years old to help at the Shelter.  If you are younger then you could still help.  If you talk to your parents or guardians they may help you with fund raising for the Animal Shelter.

To get started in Volunteering at the GSPCA we hold Induction Evenings and no matter your age there is always a way you can help.

If you are looking to complete your work experience, Duke of Edinburgh or similar placement it is a requirement to attend one of the sessions to arrange a start date and complete the induction.

The Volunteer Induction Evenings planned for 2015/16 will take place on the following days and times in the Event and Training Room at the GSPCA, but please do call 257261 closer to the date to confirm it is taking place.


When you arrive to attend please follow the paw prints at the front of reception which will take you to the upper floor where the sessions are held.

  • 3pm Monday 18th July 2016 
  • 3pm Wednesday 27th July 2016 
  • 6.30pm Thursday 4th August 2016 
  • 6.30pm Tuesday 6th September 2016 
  • 6.30pm Tuesday 13th September 2016 
  • 6.30pm Thursday 6th October 2016 
  • 6.30pm Thursday 3rd November 2016 
  • 6.30pm Tuesday 6th December 2016

Here are some of the ways you can volunteer for the GSPCA.

Dog Walking - to find out more

Dog Walking Volunteer Details

Cat Socialising - for more details

Cat Socialising Volunteer DetailsVolunteer at GSPCA Animal Shelter, Guernsey

Animal Accommodation Cleaner - With over 200 animals in our care there is lots of cleaning to do in the morning and through the day.  Please complete a form and return it to the Shelter if you would like to help care for the animals at the Shelter.

Wildlife Volunteer - Our recent refurbished wildlife unit always has high numbers of birds and a growing number of hedgehogs that require caring for.  We need volunteers to help us with this unit and if you would like to help please complete a form below and return it to the Shelter.  The main part of this role is between 8am and 12pm 7 days a week and we are trying to put a rota together to help assist the wildlife staff. 

Reception and helping answer calls - We are looking to build a team of volunteBaby Hedgehogers to assist the reception staff in their duties to help respond to the inquiries and welfare calls.

Administration - We are a very busy Animal Welfare organisation and if you could help in the office please fill in the form below and get in touch.

Gardening & Grounds Work - We have a lovely rural site that we always need help to care for.

Maintenance & Painting -  Many of our buildings have been standing for some time and need TLC.

Fostering / Hand Rearing - follow this link to see our Fostering page Link to fostering page

Fund Raising - we are always looking for Volunteers helping raise funds for GSPCA Animal Shelter, Guernseyvolunteers to help with our many fund raising events.  If you can help please fill in an application below and return it to the Shelter.   If you would like to see some of our fund raising events please

Fundraising page

Events & Special Days - We have lots of days to help raise awareness and funds for the GSPCA.

Welfare & Microchipping Events - We are planning to arrange days to help raise awareness and help animals in Guernsey and need your help to run these days.

Van Driving & Night Wardens - We need volunteers to help both in the day and night.  For more details on the Wardens please. 

Volunteer Animal Wardens - Guernsey GSPCA

See some of our wardens here http://www.gspca.org.gg/about/24-hour-emergency-wardens

Special Roles -

Volunteer Co-ordinator - We are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator.  If you have some time on your hands, good people skills and would like to get involved recruiting and training volunteers please get in touch.

Newsletter Editor - We are also looking for someone to help with our quarterly newsletter.  If you have experience in putting together newsletters and have the time then please let us know.

Sponsorship Co-ordinator - We are currently putting together a kennel, cat and animal pen sponsorship scheme.  We are looking for a volunteer to help organise, promote and run this scheme to help raise the much needed funds to care for the hundreds of animals at the Shelter.

Collection Box Co-ordinator - We have collection boxes throughout Guernsey and we are looking for someone who can help ensure these are collected regularly and to help find new sites.

Education Talk Assistant - Every week staff at the Shelter talk to schools and groups about the vital work we carry out.  If you are interested in helping with these please email sarahcreasey@gspca.org.gg

Tour Guide Volunteers - At the Shelter we would like to develop a small team of volunteers that can give guided tours around the GSPCA and talk about the much needed work we carry out every day.

Refreshment / Charity Shop Volunteers - We would like to run coffee mornings at the Shelter whilst selling a selection of bric-a-brac and other donated items a couple of mornings a week.  We are currently looking for volunteers to help run this to help raise funds for the Shelter.

To download a volunteer application form please and send it in if you cannot make one of the dates above -

Volunteering at the GSPCA Guernsey

If your business or group would like to spend a day at the Shelter you can find out more by going tohttp://www.gspca.org.gg/about/corporate-and-group-days

To donate via giving.gg to help Olivia the loggerhead turtle home please click here

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TURTLE APPEAL - Help fly Olivia the loggerhead turtle from Guernsey to Gran Canaria

We really need your help to get Olivia back to warmer waters.

Olivia is now ready to be flown to the Canary islands and we are currently appealing for funds to help towards the costs of her flight.

With just over £2450 raised so far we are the fifth of the way towards being able to afford the costs of her flight.

To transport a loggerhead turtle from one country to another requires Cites documents which we are in the midst of awaiting completion from the Spanish authorities.

When we first rescued Olivia she was extremely weak, starving, dehydrated and close to death.

Just over two months later and she is now swimming and eating on her own which is difficult to achieve in captivity.

The next big step for Olivia is to get her back to a warmer climate and a rescue centre with experience to finish her rehabilitation.

We have arranged a place for Olivia in the Canary Islands and we need to raise the funds and arrange a plane to help transport her back to where she belongs.

Geoff George Ambulance Driver, Marine Medic and main carer for Olivia at the GSPCA said "Olivia is eating extremely well which is is a massive step in her rehabilitation as they are so difficult to feed in captivity."

"She is strong enough to travel but not only do we need to find the funding to transport her to the Canary Islands we are awaiting the relevant documents."

"She is doing very well at the GSPCA but we are appealing for funds so that when we receive the paperwork to transport her we can get it done quickly."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Each day we move closer to be able to move Olivia to Gran Canaria and we are currently appealing for funds to help move her south."

"A huge thank you to everyone that has donated so far which has helped raise £2450 of at least £12500 we need to raise to cover the costs to fly her to a turtle rescue in the Canaries."

"Olivia was so weak, dehydrated and thin we were really worried for her when she first arrived, but thanks to the team at the GSPCA especially Geoff George, John Knight and the team at the Vetcare Centres, Les Van Blerk and the team at Vets 4 Pets, Spa De La Mare, Waitrose, Guernsey Reef, States Works, Guernsey Aquarium, Guernsey Builders and many others she has improved each day and is now ready for a long journey."

"Loggerhead turtles are listed as Endangered and facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources."

"In the wild they face many threats with the greatest threat being a loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests and human disturbances such as coastal lighting and housing developments that cause disorientations during the emergence of hatchlings."

"Other major threats include incidental capture in longline fishing, shrimp trawling and pollution. as well as incidental capture in fisheries is thought to have played a significant role in the recent population declines observed for these wonderful creatures."

"World wide the population of loggerhead turtles is estimated to only be between 40,000 and 50,000 nesting females which is less than the population of Guernsey."

"We are now desperately looking to find a plane that could help and donations towards the travel to help with costs of fuel and landing taxes."

"New Era Vets from Jersey have helped start the fund with a donation of £280 which was left after transporting the loggerhead turtle called Terri they rescued earlier this year and we are hugely grateful to them and to others that have donated towards her care."

"We are aware that costs just for fuel and landing taxes from the Channel Islands to the Canary Isles are over £12,500 so this is a huge appeal to help one very special lady."

"So far we have raised just over £2450 and need to raise a further £10000 to get this rare and beautiful animal back to where she belongs which is the costs we have been told by one very kind plane owner, although we continue to search for other options."

"If you know of a plane that could help or would like to make a donation we would love to hear from you."

"Thank you to everyone that has helped so far it is really appreciated."

To make a donation online please click the paypal button below, call 01481 257261, by post or at the GSPCA. 

If you know of someone that could help with transport please call GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne 01481 257261 or email stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg

To see previous updates for Olivia please click here

To donate via giving.gg to help Olivia the loggerhead turtle home please click here

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TURTLE APPEAL - Help fly Olivia the loggerhead turtle from Guernsey to Gran Canaria

Loggerhead facts

  • Common Name: Loggerhead - named for its exceptionally large head.
  • Scientific Name: Caretta caretta
  • Description: Head is very large with heavy strong jaws. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, non-overlapping, rough scutes (scales) present with 5 lateral scute. Carapace is heart shaped. Front flippers are short and thick with 2 claws, while the rear flippers can have 2 or 3 claws. Carapace is a reddish-brown with a yellowish-brown plastron. Hatchlings have a dark-brown carapace with flippers pale brown on margins.
  • Size/Weight/Age: The Loggerhead measures up to 1.1 meters (3.5 ft) long when fully grown, weighing approximately 135 kilograms (300 lb) and have a lifespan of 47-67 years.
  • Diet: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on bottom dwelling invertebrates: mollusks, crustaceans, horseshoe crabs, clams, mussels, and other marine animals. Its large and powerful jaw serve as an effective tool in dismantling its prey.
  • Habitat: Prefer to feed in coastal bays and estuaries, as well as in the shallow water along the continental shelves of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • Reproduction: Female Loggerheads, between the age of 17 to 33, will usually mate every 2 to 4 years.
  • Crawl Pattern: 1) Alternating comma-shaped flipper marks 2) Wavy and smoothed track center with no thin, straight, and well-defined tail-drag mark 3) No regular marking from front flippers at the margins of the track
  • Nesting: Female Loggerheads are known to nest from one to seven times within a nesting season (mean is about 4.1 nests per season) at intervals of approximately 12–17 days. Mean clutch size varies from about 100 to 126 along the southeastern United States coast. Incubation ranges from about 45 to 95 days, depending on incubation temperatures, but averages 55 to 60 days for most clutches.
  • International Status - Listed as Endangered (facing high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources ( IUCN)
  • Threats to Survival: Fishing gear is the biggest threat to loggerheads in the open ocean. They often become entangled in longlines or gillnets. According to the 2009 status review of loggerheads by the Fisheries Service, drowning from entanglement in longline and gillnet fishing gear is the turtles’ primary threat in the North Pacific. The second greatest threat is loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests, and human disturbances (such as coastal lighting and housing developments) that discourages nesting and interferes with the hatchlings' ability to navigate to the water's edge

To see some of the businesses that have helped please check out the links below.

Waitrose Rohais - http://www.waitrose.com/bf_home/bf/333.html

For details of Waitrose Fish Friday please visit - http://www.waitrose.com/home/mywaitrose/fishfridays.html

Guernsey Builders - mario@guernseybuildingsupplies.com

Spa De La Mare - http://www.spadelamare.com/

Guernsey Aquarium - https://www.facebook.com/guernsey.aquarium/

To donate via giving.gg to help Olivia the loggerhead turtle home please click here

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TURTLE APPEAL - Help fly Olivia the loggerhead turtle from Guernsey to Gran Canaria

To donate to the turtle or Bonnie the grey seal pup please call 01481 257261, pop along to the Animal Shelter in St Andrews, by post or by clicking the link below.

To become an Angel Pen Pal sponsor please click here.

 

If you find a sick our injured wild animal please call 257261 or click here for advice.

Bonnie The Seal from karldorfner on Vimeo.

To see all of our events, links and fund raisers please click here

To donate towards the many animals in our care, you can do so by:

Calling: 01481 257261

By post or popping in the Shelter: GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

Or our Paypal page by clicking the link below

Our Just Giving Page by clicking here.

Or why not become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor and give each month to help animals in our care by clicking here.

For your business to become a Corporate Angel Pen Pal sponsor please click here.

If you could help towards or new multi purpose building please click here to find out about the Build Partner programme.

If you are looking to adopt an animal and to complete an adoption form please click here. 

If you would like to fund raise or help the GSPCA please contact the GSPCA on 01481 257261 or email stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg

To complete our local Guernsey microchip survey -

Create your own user feedback survey

To see all of our events, links and fund raisers please click here

Looking for pet insurance in Guernsey? Check out the GSPCA pet insurance with Rossborough http://www.rossboroughpetinsurance.co.uk

Posted by GSPCA on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

To find out about our Build Partner programme please click here

GSPCA Build Partner programme at the GSPCA Animal Shelter in Guernsey - could your business support the GSPCA and animals in Guernsey - CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility -

To find out how to volunteer for the GSPCA please click here

Volunteering at the GSPCA Animal Shelter in Guernsey

To find out about guided tours at the GSPCA please click here

GSPCA Animal Shelter Guided tours in Guernsey

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To find out about our Events, how to become a Member, Sponsor an Animal Pen, our Wish List, Corporate Sponsorship & Volunteering, , our New Build & Redevelopment Appeal and much more please click here.

There are many ways to support the work of the GSPCA and you can even donate online by clicking the paypal link below.

Donate with JustGiving and PayPal

By post cheques payable to 'GSPCA' - GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

Or by phone 01481 257261.

To find out more regarding our Angel Sponsorship Scheme please click here.

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To see a page full of items on our GSPCA Wish List please click here.

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To donate online to help the GSPCA please visit - https://giving.gg/donate/charity/2/Guernsey-Society-for-the-Prevention-of-Cruelty-to-Animals-(GSPCA)

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