A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF
Animal care has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was a very young child I have always loved animals — having spent my childhood caring for and riding horses.
I have always cared deeply about animal welfare. I volunteered for three years on a weekly basis and every day through lockdown, for my local animal rescue. I now give my free time to Chicken Rescue UK, helping save the lives of ex-commercial hens from being sent for slaughter. They are rehomed as loved pets, which is a much kinder outcome for them as you can agree.
I am also the founder of my village community egg honesty box. While hens saved from farms are waiting for their forever homes, the eggs they continue to lay are offered to the local village community. 100% of raised donations for eggs are given each month to a different animal rescue. Launching on 9th June 2021, to date almost £5,000 has been raised through eggs and given away. Alongside raising funds the aim is always to raise more awareness of commercial practices and educate people about hens and welfare. This honesty box continues today over a year later and i am blown away at the positive response and success of this ongoing community project.
I am always at my happiest when I am around animals! I absolutely LOVE dogs, having adopted a rescue dog, Paddy from Battersea Dogs Home who lived a very fulfilling life for over 14 years until he sadly passed away at Christmas 2019. Paddy was truly my best friend, we did so much together, enjoyed countryside hikes, cuddles on the sofa with me and I miss him so much. Dogs and any animals bring so much joy into your life and I feel lucky to spend time with other peoples now for my dog walking clients. Having worked full time in London in the past, which included international travelling, I can fully understand and empathise with how hard it can be to juggle work and pet ownership, not only day to day for dog walking but also for small animal pet care when you are away from home, so I wanted to help and offer both services.
I am lucky enough to have rescue 10 pets of my own at home who i shall introduce you to. Firstly, my characterful, totally bonkers four rescued hens, Brenda, Lesley, Peggy and Annie. I named them all after my neighbours-which they adore! I have two rescue chinchilla's, Merlin and Mabel who come alive at night. They are a mix of chilled and hectic and full of character. Mannie and Beans, are my two black male rabbits are the best of friends, have a huge shed enclosure and free roam during day safely in the garden when i'm home. Last but not least, my two guinea pigs, Bill and Nell (named after my grandparents). Guineas are great little beings, who love being out eating grass, snoozing and wheeking loudly for veggies in the evening.
I had never intended on having so many pets of my own. However, when you volunteer at an animal rescue and see how many unwanted animals come in through no fault of their own, it becomes impossible to resist to try and help provide them a better life as they all deserve. I try to offer all my clients and my own pets the best life I possibly can, through the right care, exercise, attention, fun and enrichment and who, in return offer so much happiness into my life. I started Lucy Loves Pets, as I love being around all kinds of animals and am really passionate about what I do. I love all my furry clients, from all my lovely dog clients I walk, to the adorable, character cats I visit, to the hens I care for, down to the fish I feed. I really do always start each day with a huge grin on my face!. I wanted to offer professional, friendly responsible services for fellow animal lovers and owners to make life easier.
I believe in the importance of education, so I always continue to develop my animal care knowledge as much as possible. I ensured I completed a CPD Certified training course in Dog First Aid and Emergency Care before I started my business and have since completed the following courses.
Animal Assisted Therapy Level 3 , Animal Care Level 2 and 3 achieving a Higher Distinction grade for all. I am excited to now start Level 4, Advanced Animal Care.
I hope I get the chance to meet your lovely pet soon.