Submitted by Steve on 13:00, 2nd Jun, 2014 | 0

The GSPCA has been helping animals in Guernsey for over 141 years and from the moment the organisation was formed volunteers have been vital in ensuring that the organisation is able to help animals around the clock, 365 days of the year.

Yesterday between the GSPCA Fun Dog Show and to care for the 250 animals at the Shelter there were over 40 volunteers helping the GSPCA.

This week is Volunteers Week and we are extremely grateful at the GSPCA for all the volunteers that help through the year.

We now have over 300 volunteers helping at the GSPCA each year from cleaning kennels to helping at events such as our dog show.

One very special volunteer is Hayley Malpas.  Hayley helps volunteer at the Shelter with the ferrets.

Hayley loves ferrets and she is without doubt our best volunteer with them.  She has been helping at the Shelter for over 10 years and it is rare for a week to go by without her coming in to clean them out, socialise them or take them out for a walk.

At the GSPCA each year we have seen an increase in ferret numbers coming into the Shelter with over 30 last year and 5 currently at the Shelter.

Hayley Malpas said 'I've volunteered at the GSPCA for the past 10 years and I still absolutely love it.'  

' I work with the much overlooked ferrets.'

'Despite a few bites, it is incredibly rewarding to see a scared, sick and untrusting ferret blossom into a beautiful playful pet.'

'There can be tears when saying goodbye to a ferret as they trot off to their forever homes but knowing that they're going to live happily ever after thanks to my help is a priceless feeling.'

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'Hayley is such a star with the ferrets at the GSPCA.'

'We have so many amazing volunteers at the GSPCA but Hayley is a very special lady as she spends so much time with our ferrets and has even helped at events to promote and educate the public about these fun and entertaining little pets.'

'During Volunteers Week each day we will be looing at volunteers that help here at the Animal Shelter and find out why they enjoy their time assisting us at the GSPCA.'

'To become a volunteer at the Shelter and find out more please pop along to the GSPCA on Wednesday 2nd July at 6.30pmto find out how you could help animals in Guernsey.'

To see some of the ferrets in need of a home please click here.

To see more on volunteering please click here.

To find out how your business can get involved please click here.

To visit the Guernsey Volunteers website please click here.

To find out about our fun dog show at Fairfields this weekend please click here.

Look out for pictures of those receiving a certificate coming very soon.

To view previous stories of our fantastic volunteers and staff -

Amazing People Doing Amazing Things for Animals in Guernsey - Results of the Staff Member & Volunteer of Summer 2013

GSPCA Masquerade Ball a wonderful evening and success at the St Pierre Park Hotel - Thank you to all involved

GSPCA Staff Member Yvonne from over 5000 nominations is a finalist at the Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2014

Staff and Volunteer Awards Autumn Winter 2013/14

A night full of gratitude at the 131st AGM of the GSPCA days before our 141st year

Volunteers & Staff at the GSPCA Nominated for Spring Appreciation

We have lots of animals in need of homes. Could you help us advertise them? To download a the posters please click here. or to share them on social media please click here.

To download a poster to advertise the Hedgehog Competition please click here.

To download a poster to advertise the Hedgehog Awareness Poster Competition please click here.

Create a GSPCA Awareness Poster for Hedgehogs

Age groups –

4 – 7 years old (infants)

7 – 11 years old (juniors)

Some ideas could include:

Watch out for hedgehogs on the road waking up from hibernation

Hedgehogs out in the day time could mean there is something wrong

Please put out clean drinking water for hedgehogs over the summer

Check for hedgehogs before cutting the lawn/grass

Discard of rubbish properly - especially netting/wires

Make sure your swimming pool/pond is easily escapable

Do not put slug pellets down as they are poisonous

Don't touch a nest until sure you need to intervene

Cut holes in fence bottoms to allow hedgehogs to pass through gardens

Watch your dogs around hedgehogs- either one could get hurt

Other points to add:

Phone GSPCA for advice/emergency: 01481 257261

Advice on the GSPCA Webpage-


Prizes for the top 3 in each age group.

Send your posters with your name, age, contact number and school on the back to [email protected] or to the Shelter at

Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rue du Truchots
St Andrews
Guernsey, Channel Islands

Closing date 6/6/14. Winners will be announced on the 13/6/14

Build a Hedgehog House

2014 Competition

Design and build a hedgehog house to be used in your own or friends garden!

There are two age group categories:

7 to 11 years (Junior age)

11 to 16 years (secondary age)

The top three from each group will be contacted to be judged and there are PRIZES for the top 3 designs in each group!

The house structure must be:


- Big enough to make a nest

- Safe from predators

- Camouflaged

What could you use to build the house?

 - Logs                          

- Old plastic box

- Bricks

- Wood

- Pots

- Anything else - Be as creative as you like!

Try the internet and our website for more inspiration!

Last thing to do is take a beautiful photograph then email it to us along with your age, full name and contact number to:

[email protected]

Closing date 6/6/14. Winners will be announced on the 13/6/14

Good luck and have fun!

Please be careful when building your hog houses

 Work with an adult to put it together as you may need to use grown-up tools

We currently have two stunning cats called Trio and Trouble needing operations. To donate to help them please click on this link, call 01481 257261, by post or popping into the Shelter.

Donate with JustGiving and PayPal

GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

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.

To find out about GSPCA training and courses at the Shelter 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.

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