Week 16: Special work in aid of our four-legged friends
Natasha Eames tells Brenda McCormick about the work the DSPCA does to help sick and injured and educate the public
My name is Natasha Eames and I am the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) Fundraising and Events Coordinator. I have been working there for over six years.
The DSPCA was started up in 1840 and we are delighted to be celebrating our 175th birthday this year.
Our aim is to end animal cruelty through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, education and legislative changes.
Our animal ambulances cover Dublin city and county, responding to accident, and emergency calls from the public and our Animal Rehoming and Rescue Centre is located on Mount Venus Road in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.
The centre opened in 2003 and is home to a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, gerbils, budgies and snakes.
It is also a rest stop for a number of injured and young wildlife awaiting release.
The centre is open to the public (at no charge) and people can visit the stables, paddocks and grazing pastures, the dog kennels, cattery, pig play area and more.
Being part of an animal welfare group that takes in sick and injured animals, seeing the changes in them when they are under our care and then watching them going out to their new homes is just so special.
I love fostering a kitten, puppy or dog that needs a little extra TLC and I really love meeting so many people in the shelter, and through the events that we do, that are so passionate about animals.
Every little bit of money that is donated to the DSPCA help support the work we do and we have helped over 1,000 animals since January this year.
The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is one of the main fundraisers on our calendar.
I take part in the event every year with Team DSPCA and it is fantastic being part of a group of ladies that really care about what we do and want to help by raising funds.
I love Team DSPCA, I send monthly emails, arrange to meet them before and after the race and I am incredibly guilty of saying hello to everyone in a DSPCA T-shirt on the day!
For more information, go to www.dspca.ie