Community Service at Cheltenham Animal Shelter


As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo on Saturday, 13th April, 2013.

By Samantha Goh

At lunchtime every Wednesday, a troop of six girls from the College will, armed with packed lunches and compassion, head down to Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

An hour of work takes place as part of the College Community Links scheme, with the girls helping the staff with dog walking, cat cuddling and bunny petting.

CLC has a long-standing alliance with the shelter and it is not just the animals which have benefited from it, but the volunteers as well.

From participating in this, many of us have begun to feel much more involved in our local community, as well as having the opportunity to help animals.

Most of the animals there are simply a little down on their luck when God did his pet-owner allocations.

They are perfectly healthy, adorable beyond belief, and are probably in just as good a state as your rabbit back at home, not to mention costing much less to adopt.

Thankfully, most animals only stay for a few months at most before they are relocated to an exciting new home.

So, if you are looking for something worthwhile to do in your spare time, just contact the shelter and be assured of your weekly fix of pleasant and meaningful afternoons, free of charge. You might even end up taking home your own little furry companion.

And yes, there are kittens.

 Photography: zane.hollingsworth on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

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