It’s fair to say that you’re an animal lover, that’s one of the reasons you chose to read this blog and receive our emails (as well as our great competitions!). I am too, so when I see people dedicating their time to helping animals I’m happy to give them a little promotion and recognition.
Sam’s Species Reptile Rescue
Sam’s Species is owned and run by our shop manager Sam’s mum Sally Shapter at their home in Northampton. Sally travels the country to save neglected and unwanted reptiles, giving them a new life with the best love, care and attention.
Many of these reptiles are sick due to neglect so it’s a full time job nursing them back to full health. Once fully fit, they live out their days with Sally and become part of the family. I remember Sally receiving a call from the police asking her to collect a Boa constrictor that they had found in a toilet, so it’s fair to say that her reptile family all have their own unique stories!
Sam’s species is not a registered charity, they survive by using their rescues reptiles in educational talks and by offering a holiday care service. Due to never turning a reptile away they now have well over 400 healthy residents. Financial donations from the public to continue this great work are gratefully received and so are donations of any unused vivariums or equipment, click here for more details.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service
After speaking to Trevor Weeks (ESWRAS founder member) recently I decided to check out their website. It’s immediatelyÂ apparentÂ that the work they do in helping British wildlife in their area is invaluable.Â The organisation was set up in order to provide a front-line rescue service for wildlife casualties who unlike their domesticated cousins, do not have owners to help look after them.
Looking through the pages and galleries on their website, it’s clear that all wildlife is cared for when needed. I even saw some pictures of Trevor’s encounter with some baby Adders that may be of interest to you reptile fans (looks painful!).
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was formed in the mid 1990s as a voluntary group. Up until then Trevor Weeks, one of the founding members of WRAS, was paying for veterinary bills out of his own pocket and as he became better known, the number of calls became greater and the cost of his rescue work grew.
In a need for better funding and help to cover rescues and be able to respond 24 hours a day, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was started. It was not until 2005 that East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) was formed with its first group of trustees and directors.
WRAS also relies heavily on gratefully received donations from the public, you can make donations to them through their website, click here.