Submitted by Steve on 09:17, 12th Mar, 2014 | 0

The GSPCA Welfare and Education Officer Sarah Creasey who joined the team at the end of 2013 has just got back from spending two weeks training with the RSPCA in South and West Wales.

We will let you know very soon about some of her adventures but we wanted to get a very special thank you to every one who spent time on the frontline in the UK, teaching and talking to Sarah about the work of the RSPCA and also the work of the RSPCA Llys Nini Branch which has a 78 acre site just off the M4 very near to the North of the Gower in Swansea.

The RSPCA experiences cruelty of animals on daily basis from regularly dealing with horses kept on roundabouts and in front gardens to animal hoarders.

The RSPCA Llys Nini Branch which is a local self funded centre works hard helping the animals of South Wales, whilst daily the Inspectors and Animal Welfare Officers have huge work loads over large areas helping rescue and investigate cruelty.

Sarah Creasey Animal Welfare Officer said 'I would like to thank Laura Simpson the RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Welfare Officer who put me up and of course Romain De Kerkhove the RSPCA Chief Inspector and his team as well as Gary Weeks the RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre Manager and the team their for all that they did.'

'It was really interesting spending time with the RSPCA Inspectors and seeing how they deal with cruelty complaints and investigations and also how the Llys Nini Animal Centre runs.'

'I really did learn a huge amount and also have a few ideas that I'm bringing back to the GSPCA.'

'I really did appreciate everything and all the time spent with me and you'll get to hear more very soon.'

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'I can only repeat Sarah's comments of thanks and we really do appreciate the time that both the RSPCA and RSPCA Llys Nini teams spent with the GSPCA Welfare and Education Officer, she has returned with a fantastic amount of experiences and ideas that can benefit the GSPCA.'

'At the GSPCA we believe training and experience really do make a difference to improving the teams skills and that they improves what we are able to do as a charity and caring for the animals we rescue and look after every day.'

'As the GSPCA we are not connected to or receive any funding from the RSPCA in any way, other than the fact we have very good friends throughout the organisation and they often let us exchange ideas and let team members spend time and training with them.'

'The RSPCA was founded in 1824 and is the oldest animal welfare charity in the world and had uniformed officers on te streets of London before the police.'

'After the RSPCA was founded animal welfare organistaions popped up all over the world and this year here in Guernsey at the GSPCA we saw our 141st year.'

'Well done to Sarah who has come back having written a fantastic report about her experience and again thank you to everyone involved with letting one of our team learn from some very experienced RSPCA staff and volunteers.'

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