Belinda Rees

My bedroom as a child was like a real-life zoo. Containers filled with injured snails and caterpillars, most with band aids on, piled up in my room. It wasn’t unusual for wild bird or two to be zooming around either. Mum says she never knew what to expect when she opened my bedroom door from one day to the next.

 

Back in 1989, I was RSPCA’s youngest ever foster carer, looking after an orphaned nest of baby crows. I was 11 years old at the time and thought I had won the lottery.

 

My obsession for all creatures has never left. I have always had a furry friend, whether it be a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, alpaca, most of whom were rescues and not quite right. I love the not quite right ones the best.

 

My passion is in animal welfare and spent many years in that side of the animal world. 5 years of that time was in an animal shelter, and then an animal shelter vet clinic. It was during this time I decided to obtain my dog obedience certificate. Working with many unpredictable and very sad broken dogs was an eye opener for me. I then moved to a local pound, where I was in an animal attendant/pound supervisor role for some time. I also volunteered at Aware Wildlife in my spare time with my son Jordan, who has gone on to become a vet nurse. We are passionate about our beautiful Australian wildlife.

 

In my spare time I love to hang out at home with my British Bulldog Gus, Boxer Dog Rosie, and our noisy conure, Gonzo. I am a proud mum of 4 children and now a Nana to our brand-new grandson.