Caring for animals is Alice Hayward’s mission in life – as well as working long hours as a vet nurse, she also rescues a wide range of neglected or abused farm animals.
Recently the Dairy Flat-based rescue service, which she has been funding from her own pocket for around three years, became a registered charity, Rodney Animal Rescue.
Alice says as well as making it possible to apply for grants, the change provides her with a support team.
“Our ultimate goal is to be able to help more animals and their owners on a bigger and better level,” she says.
The focus for Rodney Animal Rescue is rehabilitating large animals such as horses, pigs, sheep and alpacas, so they can be rehomed.
They generally come to her by word of mouth, because she is well known in the local community as well as veterinary circles. She also has a good working relationship with the SPCA.
Although she has seen many cases of emaciated and abandoned animals, Alice says often this is because of ignorance, or people struggling.
“Education and support for owners is hugely important and we’re here to help with that too,” she says. “Prevention is always better and we hope to be able to do a lot more of that now.”
She says at the moment she is seeing a lot of people who have lost jobs and are having to rehome their animals. The recent draught also made food for farm animals more difficult and expensive to obtain.
Info: Rodney Animal Rescue on Facebook.