It’s Flashback Friday!
In the summer term my Guides visited our nearest branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust.
I have a friend who works there, and she kept telling me that my Guides should come and visit. So we did.
A very nice member of staff led us around the centre and introduced us to all the animals they look after. She explained to us that they specialise in taking old animals that need a home for the last few years of their life, although they take others too. At that time they had horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and probably more. I was slightly sad as I’d heard a lot about some alpacas, but they’d been rehomed recently. Oh how I love alpacas. So woolly.
The Guides got to stroke some of the animals, and it opened up interesting conversations about the pets they had, or used to have, or would like. They asked some good questions, too.
My favourite part was meeting the member of staff’s dog. He was a big friendly woolly thing and he spent 10 minutes walking round and round the circle of Guides getting lots of petting.
We also learned about the centre’s community engagement and fundraising work. We came away with some little goodies, plus newsletters and flyers about their next events. We’d asked the Guides to bring donations of pet food and toys, and we also gave them a cheque from our unit to say thank you.