Reptiles and snakes may give some people the heebie jeebies but for one teenager, it’s all in a day’s work.Advertisement
Kate Mercer, 16, devotes every second of her spare time volunteering with Lancashire Animal Ambulance.
The self-funded charity offers a round the clock rescue service for injured creatures. Working day and night, the group saves and rehabilitate all kinds of animals across the county.
Kate, who started working as an apprentice last June, admits it isn’t always plain sailing.
“On my very first job, we were called to rescue an owl that got trapped in someone’s chimney.
“Eventually, we coaxed the bird out but it was flapping all around their front room. As I swung the net to catch it, I accidentally smashed their lampshade,” she said.
The group, based at Longton, Little Hoole, has nine volunteer workers. They also offer a pet taxi service for people who find it difficult to get to vet appointments.
Kate, who fits her volunteer work around her college timetable, is not sure what she’ll do as a future career but said it will definitely involve animals.
“The experience I get through doing this job is invaluable. While I can’t always save every animal, I always try my best in every situation,” she added.
Cats and dogs that live onsite are looking for new homes. For details, contact Lancashire Animal Ambulance on: 07508094914