SPCA animals steal volunteer Nan’s heart

PUPPY LOVE: SPCA volunteer Nan Baker with Meisie, a seven-month-old mixed breed who has finally grown in to her big floppy ears. Mrs Baker says Meisie has a beautiful nature, loves water and is a very loving dog, looking for her forever home. Call the SPCA on 867 9463 if you would like to know more. Mrs Baker is on a fundraising mission for the SPCA. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Nan Baker did not think she could ever volunteer at the SPCA. Every time she visited there, the animal lover would end up in tears.

But after dropping an abandoned puppy off at the centre a few months ago, Mrs Baker said the tears came but so did an outpouring of love for the abandoned animals, and the people who cared for them.

“I now see first hand the time, dedication, love and financial expense that is given to these formerly abused, neglected and abandoned animals.”

Every Thursday, Mrs Baker spends her day at the SPCA with the dogs. She walks them, cuddles them and showers them with love and kindness.

“I show them not all humans are abusers. It’s amazing watching the transformation in their behaviour.

“Last month I was able to walk one of the pups for two kilometres. This pup had been too scared to leave the centre for the previous three weeks. She loved her walk, tail wagging, eyes bright and occasionally checking in that all was OK.”

Patience, love and understanding had brought that puppy out of her shell, she said.

Mrs Baker also undertook the Taupo ultramarathon with a goal to raise $1000 for the Gisborne SPCA.

On October 12, Mrs Baker ran the 100km Taupo course in 13 hours and 46 minutes.

The 45-year-old came fifth in her age group, as well as exceeding her goal, raising more than $1400. That figure is still rising. Anyone who wants to can still donate today — the site will close at midnight. Go online to givealittle.co.nz/cause/running-100km-for-the-love-of-animals

Mrs Baker said her family had always had rescued animals for pets. Right now they have two cats and two dogs.

“I think they love you so much more because they know they have been rescued,” she said.

Every dollar Mrs Baker raises will go direct to the Gisborne SPCA’s Matawhero centre.

“They’re doing a fantastic job with what they’ve got. They can only do so much with what they have.

“People with their community services card can get their animals de-sexed so easily, I wish more people would do it.”

Gisborne SPCA centre manager Lindy Magee said the centre needed more volunteers like Nan.

“Nan is an amazing, loyal volunteer who has such a big heart and the animals just adore her as do we. We need more volunteers like Nan and invite people to come and talk to us about volunteering at the Centre.”

  • Another fundraiser for the SPCA is a national Great NZ Paws Walk on Saturday, November 9 from 1pm to 4pm. People are encouraged to bring their dogs along to the meeting point at the SPCA Centre on Nursery Road. Visit www.greatpawswalk.co.nz to register. It is $10 for one dog, $15 for two, and $20 for three — each dog gets a bandana.

Nan Baker did not think she could ever volunteer at the SPCA. Every time she visited there, the animal lover would end up in tears.

But after dropping an abandoned puppy off at the centre a few months ago, Mrs Baker said the tears came but so did an outpouring of love for the abandoned animals, and the people who cared for them.

“I now see first hand the time, dedication, love and financial expense that is given to these formerly abused, neglected and abandoned animals.”

Every Thursday, Mrs Baker spends her day at the SPCA with the dogs. She walks them, cuddles them and showers them with love and kindness.

“I show them not all humans are abusers. It’s amazing watching the transformation in their behaviour.

“Last month I was able to walk one of the pups for two kilometres. This pup had been too scared to leave the centre for the previous three weeks. She loved her walk, tail wagging, eyes bright and occasionally checking in that all was OK.”

Patience, love and understanding had brought that puppy out of her shell, she said.

Mrs Baker also undertook the Taupo ultramarathon with a goal to raise $1000 for the Gisborne SPCA.

On October 12, Mrs Baker ran the 100km Taupo course in 13 hours and 46 minutes.

The 45-year-old came fifth in her age group, as well as exceeding her goal, raising more than $1400. That figure is still rising. Anyone who wants to can still donate today — the site will close at midnight. Go online to givealittle.co.nz/cause/running-100km-for-the-love-of-animals

Mrs Baker said her family had always had rescued animals for pets. Right now they have two cats and two dogs.

“I think they love you so much more because they know they have been rescued,” she said.

Every dollar Mrs Baker raises will go direct to the Gisborne SPCA’s Matawhero centre.

“They’re doing a fantastic job with what they’ve got. They can only do so much with what they have.

“People with their community services card can get their animals de-sexed so easily, I wish more people would do it.”

Gisborne SPCA centre manager Lindy Magee said the centre needed more volunteers like Nan.

“Nan is an amazing, loyal volunteer who has such a big heart and the animals just adore her as do we. We need more volunteers like Nan and invite people to come and talk to us about volunteering at the Centre.”

  • Another fundraiser for the SPCA is a national Great NZ Paws Walk on Saturday, November 9 from 1pm to 4pm. People are encouraged to bring their dogs along to the meeting point at the SPCA Centre on Nursery Road. Visit www.greatpawswalk.co.nz to register. It is $10 for one dog, $15 for two, and $20 for three — each dog gets a bandana.
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