Animals played such a huge role in Joanna Gillingham’s childhood that she’s now giving back by speaking to other young people about what it means to be a true pet lover…
Joanna jumped at the chance. Despite only being in her teens and with the pressures of passing important exams pushing down on her, the then-sixth form student couldn’t pass on an opportunity to share her pet subject – pets – with others.
“I have always been an animal lover, having grown up with dogs and ponies, and when I heard about the opportunity to volunteer for Blue Cross I was so excited,” Joanna enthuses. “I think it is so important for young children to know how to be safe around pets and educate them on how to choose the right pet to ensure all animals can live in the highest welfare possible.”
Four years later, Joanna is still passing on her passion for four-legged friends to children and young people in her community, all while training to become a veterinary surgeon. As a Blue Cross Education Volunteer, she visits youth groups and clubs in her local area, encouraging conversation and sparking debate about key welfare issues facing animals today.