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Meet the team this Christmas…

Are you intrigued to meet the team and find out what goes on in our Branch? Just to finish off 2021, we asked a couple of team members a few questions. Read on as they reveal all and tune in next year for more!

Name:
Gregory Brown
Role & Department:
Chief Executive Officer
Favourite thing about your job:
I have two – working with such a fantastic and dedicated group of people, and seeing the results of their efforts in improving the lives of the animals and people that we help.
Biggest challenge:
Recently it has been managing the detrimental impact that Covid-19 has had on our work, in particular the decrease in income caused by the closures of our shops and cancellation of our fundraising events during the national lockdowns.
Favourite adoption star and why:
There are too many to list, so I’m going to take the easy option (some may call it a cop-out!) and say that they are all wonderful and I’m delighted that they all found the loving and permanent homes that they deserved.
Favourite thing about 2021:
Seeing the Branch bounce back from the impacts of Covid-19, and getting back to what we do best – helping the animals (and their owners) in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Fun fact or story about yourself:
Despite growing up in New Zealand, a country with literally NO snakes in it, they are still my favourite animal and I’m always really excited when our Animal Welfare Team have a snake in that requires our care! Oh, and I still struggle to pronounce certain place names in Norfolk – “Why-Mond-Ham” and “Hap-Is-Burg” still confuse me…
Anything to say to our supporters?
Thank you all so much for taking the time to support our Branch. The help, care and generosity of our wonderful supporters enables the team at the Branch to continue to undertake our vital work to improve the lives of animals in your local area, and long may it continue!
Name:
Anna Fehr-Foote
Role & Department:
Head of Shared Services, Shared Services Department.
Favourite thing about your job:
The knowledge that I’m working towards a cause I’m passionate about and that every day is different!
Biggest challenge:
Being a small charity means we have limited resources so many of the team wear many different hats! The role is very rewarding though and when times are tough we all work together for the benefit of the animals we care for.
Favourite adoption star and why:
I am probably very biased here, but I’ll have to say my own two failed fosters Ron and Squidge. Ron came into the Branch from a feral colony and as he had severe cat flu, he had to be kept on his own. As I didn’t have cats of my own I offered to foster him and just fell in love with his funny and sweet personality.
As he didn’t grow up with a Mum or siblings, he never really learnt how to be a cat so in the early days, there was a lot of scratches and biting as he learnt how to play using my hand as a substitute sibling! His cat flu meant he also needed twice daily eye drops, his ears cleaned once a day and pain relief, He’s much calmer now however and his hobbies include chewing and grooming my hair, forgetting to put his tongue back in his mouth and collecting wires.
Squidge is a bit of a mystery having come into the Branch after being found wandering around as a stray cat. She is such a beautiful girl and looks like a pure breed so we thought she must have an owner. She had no microchip and noone came forward for her so I started to foster her in February 2020 telling my partner it would only be for a few weeks. A few weeks later we went into lockdown so that few weeks turned into a few months and by then she’d become such a presence in our lives we decided to make her a permanent member of the family. She’s not as wild as her adoptive brother Ron but does have her moments, her hobbies include chewing the corners of laptops, flopping onto the floor (usually tripping us up in the process and getting high on silvervine and catnip.
EmmaMeet the team this Christmas…