Submitted by GSPCA on 13:01, 18th Oct, 2013 | 0

Last week GSPCA staff Lucy Ogier and Sarah Ozanne had a wonderful experience in learning about front line animal welfare work in the UK.

After a long journey Lucy and Sarah spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Tiggywinkle Wildlife Training Hospital and then Friday at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre both based near Aylesbury, Buckingham-shire.

Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant said 'We learnt so much at both centre's and all the staff wree really helpful and showed us so much.'

'It was such an amazing three days and I even got to release a Kite back to the wild whilst I was there.'

'I learnt that Kite’s play dead when being handled so no gauntlets needed. When releasing, you must throw them up as high as you can.'

Lucy Ogier Animal Care Assistant said 'We saw so many different species of British Wildlife in Tiggywinkles and the RSPCA Animal Centre has a huge amount of land.'

'We learnt so much from both places and we are both full of good ideas.'

'It's amazing no matter where you go how we all achieve so much at our Shelters.'

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'We carry out much of our in house training for our staff and volunteers but when we are able to let members of the team spend time in other Shelters they always seem to gain so much from it.'

'It is one of the main ways I have learnt over the years and spending time at a Centre or Shelter on the ground can teach so many invaluable lessons and give so many ideas.'

'Although there are few Animal Care Training opportunities in Guernsey for the first time this year we launched with WEA an Animal Care Course which is a full house and we are looking to repeat it again in the New Year.'

Both Sarah and Lucy have kindly put together a diary of their adventures, some of the things they learnt and what they got up to. To see it please click here -

More pictures to follow soon.

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The following are events planned for 2013




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Bric-A-Brac, Clothes, Coffee & Snacks at the Shelter


Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Pet Supplies & GSPCA Goods on sale at the GSPCA Reception


Wednesday 9th October 6.30pm

 Volunteer Induction Evening at the Animal Shelter

Sunday morning on the 13th October

Car Boot Sale at Co-operative home maker car park

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19th October until 24th October 9am - 6pm - with a few late evening openings planned

Art Exhibition of Art Work from Mark Bayliss at the GSPCA Animal Shelter - Free Entry but donations welcomed


Thursday 24th October – 7.45pm

Art Auction at St Pierre Park Hotel Sponsored by the Heritage Group. If you book a meal at the Victor Hugo Restaurant at the St Pierre Park Hotel then a donation from every meal will be made to the GSPCA. Also the Pavilion will be opening on the evening with their Tennerfest menu and they too are donating proceeds from each meal to the GSPCA.


Saturday 2nd November 2013

The GSPCA Mystery of Masquerade Charity Ball

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Round Table Christmas Fair - a stall with all sorts of goods and tombola


December Thursdays

Late Night Shopping GSPCA Stall in town


Date and details to be confirmed

Christmas Fair


16th to 21st December 2013

Christmas Pop Up Shop on Smith Street thanks to OSA Recruitment




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