About Me & The Motivation For This Website

This page tells you a little bit about myself, what inspired me to put this website together, and whether I practice what I preach.

The motivation to build the website was my constant distress at the ongoing cruelty and suffering that humans put animals through on a daily basis. It made me feel despair and helplessness because I felt I was not able to help these animals in desperate need as much as I wanted to.

Like many people, I desperately wanted to do as much as I could to help, but did not have enough disposable income to donate much, so felt I could do very little.

That is why I decided to look in to finding as many different ways as possible to help stop animal cruelty and suffering, suitable for anyone, no matter how little money they had.

Below: Me doing a fundraising presentation talk for my local animal rescue


I also wanted to have a section on the website to raise awareness of the massive scale of suffering animals experience every day throughout the world, so that people realised just how much animals need our help. Many people are completely unaware of the horrors that are happening to animals at the hands of humans every single second of every day.

Another section of the website is dedicated to information about pet adoption, fostering and sponsoring.  This is because there are huge numbers of pets abandoned by the owners they loved and trusted, every year. The pets in animal pounds, that aren’t lucky enough to get life saving spaces in rescues, must go to their deaths feeling so frightened, alone and unloved. That breaks my heart.

About Me: My Background

For much of my life I have felt so much empathy with animals that I have desperately wanted to save them from suffering. I was also interested in Art and Design, and earned a BA Honours Degree in the subject. I tried to base as much of my degree work as possible around the subject of stopping animal cruelty.

I wanted use what I had learned in my degree to help animals, so I have designed a range of greetings cards to help fund raise for animal rescues.

Below: One of the fundraising greetings cards in the fundraising store

I have also designed a range of T-shirts where  the wearer can spread awareness about animal cruelty just by wearing the T-shirt. The cards and T-shirts can be found in the Fundraising Store, along with many other fundraising items.

For a number of years volunteered with my local animal rescue, but since a chronic health condition unfortunately made me too unreliable to be much help there. I knew I needed to find otheer ways I could continue to help animals, so I turned my attention to helping different animal rescues fund raise, mainly online. I am still doing that now, and help/have helped animals in other ways suggested on this site too. to see how, read the section below.

About Me: Practicing What I Preach

I regularly undertake a number of the ways to help animals that are suggested on this site:

When I’m well enough, I visit animal charity shops, looking for items suitable to donate to online fundraising events that animal rescues run on Facebook. I donate some of the fundraising store items from this website to them too. I also buy from these animal rescue fundraising events all year round, and give the items I have collected as gifts to friends and family on special occasions.

In addition, I am the admin for a number of groups on Facebook where animal rescues promote their fundraisers.

A link to these auctions, sales, draws, and other fundraising events, can be found on the charity gifts page.


I am registered with the Home check Volunteer pages and groups on Facebook, and I have carried out a number of home checks in my local area. These home checks are done for rescues all over the UK and abroad, and they make sure their animals go to good, safe homes.


Before I became too often unwell, I was registered with Animal Transport Volunteer pages and groups on Facebook. This is where people offer to transport a pound dog or cat (or other rescued animal) part of a journey.  Their journey may be from the pound to a life saving rescue space at an animal rescue, or from a rescue to its new forever home. Without these volunteers, many animals’ lives would be lost.

For details on the home check and transport volunteer Facebook pages, see the Animal Volunteer page on this site.

Below: Me doing one leg of a journey to transport a dog to safety.


crosspost animals who are on death row in local authority pounds on social media sites such as Facebook, trying to help find elusive rescue spaces for them that would save their lives. If more people fostered and adopted pets, and fewer people bought pets on a whim and then abandoned them, more life saving rescue spaces would be available and fewer pets would be put to death.

On social media sites I sign and share campaign posts and petitions, as well as other posts that raise awareness about animal suffering and what to do to help stop it.

I wear clothing items, and carry accessories, with information on them that spread awareness about animal cruelty, some of which are from this site’s fundraising store.

Image: T-shirt in the fundraising store exposing the cruel truth about dairy farmingtshirt-dairy-faded-sepia


I sell items on eBay For Charity to raise money for animal rescues and charities.

donate used ink cartridges, and stamps, to help animal rescues and charities raise funds. I donate clothes and bric-a-brac to animal charity shops. Even damaged clothing can be used by some animal charity shops to raise funds by selling them to textile merchants. Some animal rescues have volunteers who use damaged or worn clothing to make items for the animals, or items to sell in aid of the rescue. I also donate new or unused items to animal rescues for them to use as tombola and raffle prizes on their fundraising stalls.

Image: A van load of supplies being donated to dog rescues in Eastern European countries.

I volunteer as a fund raiser for a local animal rescue when I am well enough, and organise for food, coats, leads and other items to be donated and transported to very poor rescues in Eastern Europe. These rescues struggle to survive every day. Many are genuine, but be on the look out for scammers too.

I fostered, and then adopted, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (the softest breed ever!). I also fostered a Staffie cross to save him from death row in a UK dog pound, and another staffie cross. Without the fantastic cross-posters and animal transport volunteers, the dog I fostered, and many others would not be with us today.

Image: My first foster dog, a dog rescued from death row at a dog pound, frightened and confused, snuggling into my adopted dog.


I am a member of a number of groups where people sell animals. On social media sites where it is against their policy to allow selling of pets on their site, I report the posts where the site allows.

When people post saying they want to buy a puppy or kitten, I respectfully ask them if they would consider a rescued pet. I tell them about how they would be saving a life because them adopting would make a life saving rescue space available. This could go to one of the many pets in local authority pounds that will otherwise be put to death after the short period they are allowed there.

When people advertise their pets for re-homing on social media sites either free or for a low price, I respectfully let them know about the dangers of re-homing on social media sites. I encourage them to re-home through a reputable rescue that does thorough checks on potential adopters so that they know it is a safe home for the pet.

When doing it, I have to be careful not to make anyone feel affronted, otherwise the message is lost and all they think about is how affronted I have made them feel.

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