Today is a #ThrowBackThursday kind of day! Customer and Volunteering Services Officer Emma, had a rather unique opportunity when she first joined the team; accompanying an RSPCA inspectorate for day on the job! Below is a nice piece Emma has put together to share with you, taking us back to what I can safely assume was an interesting day!
Since I was a child I have always been interested and intrigued by what the Inspectorate do at the RSPCA. During my first week in my new role at the Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch, I was lucky enough to go out with Paige, an Animal Collection Officer (ACO) from the National RSPCA. Our day out was very interesting and varied with the first call out being to help a chicken with a broken leg that was seen wandering near a road.
One of many animals ACO’s come out to help
We also rescued a Gull with a broken wing and took it to East Winch, our wildlife centre near Kings Lynn. Everything is always done in the best interests of the animal and I was educated on the importance of a thorough rehabilitation process which involves understanding, patience and minimal human contact with these wild animals. It was lovely to see so many different species at the last stages of their rehabilitation and almost ready to be released back into their natural habitat.
Pictured: East Winch Animal Hospital
It’s amazing what the ACO’s do, whether it’s helping an injured chicken, rescuing a seal in distress or climbing up ladder to rescue a wild bird, it’s all done with compassion and love for the animals. It’s not without its challenges though; sometimes the Inspectorate has to deal with confrontation from the public, dangerous animals and have to work in extreme conditions. Although, I am told the job as a whole is very rewarding.
Paige is very dedicated and explained, getting a call out at 1 am to help an animal in distress is something she does not hesitate to act on. Animals always come first and no matter what, Paige will do all she can to help an animal in need.
The Inspectorate may be part of the National RSPCA however they work closely with our Branch and liaise with the Animal Welfare Team who, on occasion, is able to assist with finding temporary accommodation for the smaller rescued animals in the area.
As a whole, the RSPCA and our Branch dedicates its every move to animals in need. This includes all staff and volunteers in all positions such as; office and admin, education and events, shops, welfare, Inspectorate and many more. I am very lucky to be part of an organisation that is dedicated to animal welfare, with a great team who all pride themselves in caring for animals.