One Voice for Animals UK Guest Blog by Freya Sompting
Hi, I'm Freya, I'm 17, and I assist in running Sompting Wildlife Rescue with my parents.
I have been fortunate enough to grow up with all kinds of wildlife around, literally for as long as I can remember.
From more than 12 years ago, hand rearing a number of inpatients, right through to now, where I am assisting in the treatment and rehab of a whole range wildlife, I've had a brilliant number of experiences.
I am incredibly lucky to have grown up having the consideration towards wildlife, and all animals really, that I do.
When sorting through some albums, we came across a few photos and diary entries from 2010, written by me when I was just 5 years old, talking about our rescues at home (way before we became a registered charity in 2019).
As well as using my time to feed, clean out and release, I also tend to come along on our educational talks, and I love being able to answer your questions and listen about the wildlife you have in your local area.
To be able to say I've had the childhood I have is an amazing thing, and it has taught me a lot, especially when it comes to prioritising the needs of your patients over your own emotional attachments.
There is always a sad element to it, and more often than not, people are the cause of it, however the ability to fix and return an animal to the wild ALWAYS outweighs the negatives. To see their faces when they are back in nature and free, it makes it all worth it.
Start young - introduce your children and grandchildren to the local wildlife. They stand more of a chance of helping the wildlife if they understand we share our planet with it, not that we are in charge and are better than the wildlife.
It's amazing to see the next generation doing their bit, working towards a planet that can be there for their children, and their grandchildren.
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