In an effort to better support the local community, the Branch has appointed 3 of our existing animal care staff to exciting new roles. Bruce is now our Branch Animal Welfare Officer (AWO), and once he has completed his initial training, he will assist the National RSPCA Inspectors with local animal collections and wildlife casualties. He will be supported in this role by Charlie and Amy, our new Deputy AWOs.
You can contact the AWO team on 07521918577, between 08:00 and 16:00 daily. They also hope to be out and about visiting community events and spreading the animal welfare message throughout Cornwall.
Branch AWOs will not replace the role of Inspectors, but will be able to take some of the more basic tasks, animal collections and releases and offer general advice and support to pet owners and the local community. However, they will not be able to investigate reports of cruelty, abuse or neglect, which must still be handled by RSPCA Inspectors and reported through the national number: 0300 1234 999.
As part of the AWO role, Amy is also available to give talks to schools, community groups, youth clubs etc, and presentations on animal welfare for educational purposes.
If your school curriculum is featuring animal related topics, or your local club would like a guest speaker for any event, please give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out how Amy can support you.
Presentations can be offered by live video online, or as the virus restrictions relax, Amy will be able to attend your venue in person. All we ask in return is a donation towards our funds, or that your school or group hold a fundraising event in the Branch’s favour.
We wish the AWO team all the best in their new roles, and if you should see them around the county, please say hello!