Three Longford ISPCA volunteers shortlisted for Volunteer Ireland Awards 2018

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Three volunteers, that help out at the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Kenagh, Co Longford, have been shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2018 in the Animals & Environment category. The awards will take place on Friday, December 7.

The ISPCA nominees this year are Helen Nolan from Killashee, along with mother-and-daughter pair Jane and Tamsyn Harris. These amazing volunteers give their time every week at the ISPCA National Animal Centre.

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Helen is one of the most regular volunteers at the ISPCA National Animal Centre, having clocked up over 530 hours in two years.

Not even the “Big Freeze” in March 2018—which left the Centre under a thick blanket of snow—stopped Helen from coming in to help out in the cattery! She is reliable and diligent, and always quick to spot if any of cats and kittens are under the weather. 

Jane and Tamsyn have been volunteering together with the ISPCA for over a year now, and between them have logged almost 400 hours to-date!

Jane will take on any task that goes her way, no matter how mucky and has a keen interest in the area of animal behaviour. She is great at handling some of the more nervous dogs that come into the care of the ISPCA.

Tamsyn volunteers mostly in the cattery. She also helps out by walking the many dogs in the care of the ISPCA. As with all of ISPCA volunteers, animal welfare is hugely important to Tamsyn. She has a lovely way with the animals and knows all of the dogs and cats in the Centre by name!  

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Wednesday, December 5, was International Volunteer Day and the ISPCA paid tribute to Helen, Jane and Tamsyn, and all their volunteers. 

ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “The ISPCA could not do our work without the commitment of all of our volunteers. I would like to thank them for their hard work and help. We truly appreciate their time and effort. The care and love shown for the vulnerable animals that come through our Centres goes so much toward helping to rehabilitate those animals that need it most."

Dr Kelly added, "Volunteers are such a crucial part of the ISPCA team, and the ISPCA is grateful to have 116 dedicated volunteers helping at our Centres. We simply could not operate without this support.

"The ISPCA offer a variety of volunteer roles from helping hands-on with the animals in our kennels, cattery and stable areas, to helping us at events and raising vital funds to help the animals in our care."

The ISPCA is always looking for volunteers to help out so join Team ISPCA today by registering HERE