Animal Care Volunteer, Southall, Greater London - 15 January 2018
The RSPCA is all about helping animals - people tend to be really down on the RSPCA as, to them, they're not seen as meeting peoples standards. However, you have to remember staff are limited, places available to house animals are limited, they have to abide by the law, and most importantly, they have a duty of care towards the animals not to whether or not you don't like what they are doing - for example, when they have to PTS an animal it is usually because the animal is in a lot of pain or if they have an aggressive cancer, it is to stop them from going to have to go through serious pain.
For me, and all who work with the RSPCA, find the hardest part of the job is not being able to help the animal live the life its meant to - whether that be the animal has to be PTS or whether you are struggling to find a home for the animal.
However, the most enjoyable aspect of the job is that the majority of the time you help the animal live and grow - both physically and mentally. From where I work, you also get to watch how their personality grows and you soon learn their likes and dislikes - you end up forming a great bond with the animals. So even though it is sad when you see them go, you're also happy as you know that they're going to a good home where they'll be able to be themselves.