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Hi Everyone,

I’m Ali Lake, Salon Co-Ordinator at Barrie Stephen Hair in Anstey.

Last week Friday 12th December I had the ultimate pleasure of spending the morning out of my comfort zone working at The Woodside Animal Centre, RSPCA Leicester and what an amazing fulfilling experience it was.

Upon arrival and slightly nervous my apprehension was soon put to rest as I received a warm welcome from Lara and John, a lovely elderly gentleman who himself has been volunteering for the past 4 years. So, after a brief chat and a quick cup of tea we soon got to work……and when I say work I truly mean work! Ali3

My initial task was to help clean out the 30 something cat pens; this included mopping, putting down clean newspaper, changing bedding and finally giving them some nice fresh food and water. However, being a complete cat lover I soon found myself not wanting to leave each pen and had my jumper been slightly bigger the thought of rehoming all these beautiful cats did cross my mind, hence why each pen took slightly longer than usual to clean!

The best part of my day was spent playing with some of the residents. There was ‘Star’, a young, energetic and athletic adorable male. Followed by ‘Szuster’ & ‘Morris’ two slightly shy domestic cats and finally there was ‘Fluff’ an adorable 9 year old that I couldn’t let go of. As you can imagine I fell in love with all of them and wanted to take them all home.


Finally, it was time to say my goodbyes to a wonderful dedicated team of staff & volunteers, not to mention all those gorgeous cats. So, having donated some much needed bedding I departed with a huge lump in my throat having had one of the best experiences of my life.

Thank you for having me and I can’t wait to return again soon……..but next time with a much bigger jumper!

Ali Lake

Salon Co-Ordinator & cat lover extraordinaire……………….