Up to day 10, a third of the way through. So far managed something each day, some days more wild than others.
Today I took my class on this half terms trip to Hull RSPCA Animal Welfare Centre. While not wildlife, many of the animals at the centre are pretty wild. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was originally set up by 22 reformers. MP Richard Martin being the most significant. But William Wilberforce of Hull was also involved in establishing the RSPCA. Wilberforce is probably better known for his involvement in abolishing the slave trade, but also helped the RSPCA, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Church Missionary Society. The Hull branch of RSPCA was established in 1903 and is now largely responsible for domesticated animals.
While at the centre the children got to see the dogs, cats, rabbits and the newly established ferret unit. The children were a bit frightened of the dogs. Many of the dogs are of the rip of your face off variety, thus why they’ve been taken to the RSPCA. The kittens entranced the children more with lots of oohs and aahs. The ferrets were largely sleeping, but for many of the children it was the first time they’d seen ferrets and that in itself was exciting enough. The rabbits were fussed over with many children wanting to take them home.
Overall a nice trip out, but the children were a bit disappointed they didn’t get to handle the animals. As many of the animals have been taken from bad situations they can be quite skittish and many have never encountered children. That along with the risk of spreading disease means the animals can’t be handled. But I’m glad the children get a chance to see these animals and start to understand that not all humans look after their animals carefully. They were taught about the RSPCA five animal freedoms. Hopefully by taking the children to the centre less animals will end up there in the future.