For this year’s World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10th October 2020), we want to share some of your touching stories about how your pets have helped you with mental challenges and illness.
1) Rebecca and Piglet
When Piglet the guinea pig first came to NAWT Watford, she was called Marmalade. Rebecca, one of our animal care assistants, recalls when she came into her life:
Little Elsa came to NAWT Clacton as a struggling stray just before Christmas of 2019, battling various health problems. She had been of no fixed abode for a couple of years, but had been neutered thanks to another local animal charity’s neuter and release scheme, with caring locals keeping a regular eye on her. When they noticed Elsa wasn’t thriving, she came into our care.
When an animal comes into our care, we often don’t know exactly what they have gone through beforehand, so we are always ready to expect the unexpected. For Mavis, a little Jack Russell Terrier, this was certainly the case.
NAWT Clacton took in Mavis when she wasn’t claimed from the stray pound. A skinny and nervous little girl, she was in need of a good meal and a bath. Despite her nerves, Mavis was a loving girl, thought to be about 9 years old. One of the centre’s regular volunteers, Steve, took an immediate shine to her.
Put simply: our charity would not survive without gifts in Wills.
They make up over 55% of our income, making it easy to see how much NAWT Rehoming centres rely on legacies to continue helping homeless and abandoned animals find their second chance in life.
There is a common misconception that only very wealthy people leave their favourite charity a gift in their Will, but this is not true.
We recently caught up with Ashley Stevens, who has been working at NAWT since June 2019, to ask her about the impact that Covid-19 has had on her role as an Animal Care Assistant at our Hertfordshire centre.
How has the Coronavirus changed your working life?
"Unfortunately, our centre has struggled. We’ve had to cancel our main fundraisers such as our open days and whilst we are closed to the public, we have no income from our cafe or reception/gift shop areas.