Debby Goddard 

Debby Goddard – Shelter Manager

Hi I am Debby Goddard, manager of Animal Aid Gippsland at Fulham. Together with great staff and a growing number of fantastic volunteers we are the newest arm of Victorian Animal Aid Trust.

I am very excited to be given the chance to improve the outcome for stray, surrendered and worst of all abandoned cats and dogs in the Wellington Shire. Our focus will be on educating the community on the importance of desexing, microchipping, registering and of course rehoming. I live in Sale with my husband Noel our three horses, Zona, Peyton and Odie and our three shelter animals... GSP Hermione, CKC Rhett and our newest family member, a ginger kitten named Sunshine.

   
Michelle Gallately

 Michelle Gallately – Animal Attendant

Hi there my name is Michelle I am a mother of 3 grown boys and have been working at Animal Aid in Gippsland for almost 3 years.

I have always had a lot to do with animals both personally and professionally. Before working on a full time basis I was starting young horses to saddle whilst at home with my children and tending to my rather large menagerie of animals. I have worked on a part time basis at one of my local vets and a pet supply store. In 2005 a friend and I did a 1000km horse ride from Sydney to our home town of Stratford for the Royal Children’s Hospital to raise funds for and awareness of a little known disease that her son suffered from.

Working here at Animal Aid has combined two of my greatest passions, animals (obviously) and welfare. We have a great camaraderie here and all working to the same goal makes an at times difficult job fun and satisfying.

   
 

Jenny Spilsbury – Animal Attendant

I have lived in this area for 4 years and have worked at Animal Aid Gippsland for the last 2 years.

It is wonderful to be working with animals and to be able to make a difference to those in our care, every day I am there. I am passionate about improving the chances dogs have to be rehomed and dog training is of particular interest to me.

I have always had animals, but dogs and horses particularly have always been a large part of my life outside work. I have two dogs, an English Pointer – Bailey, inherited from our daughter when she moved to America, and a Shih Tzu – Bree, from Animal Aid who recently adopted me. I have almost finished my Bowen Therapy course for horses and intend to follow that with a certificate for small animals (dogs and cats). I have two horses and enjoy trail riding, having competed in dressage for a number of years.

   
 

Steph – Animal Attendant

Hi my name is Steph I'm 21 and I am an Animal Welfare Officer at Animal Aid Gippsland.

It's been a lifelong dream of mine to work with animals. I didn't want to become a vet or a dog groomer, I always wanted to make a difference in the welfare of all animals. After I finished school and obtained a few more certificates in animal studies I decided to pursue my dream job.

Animal aid is a fantastic animal welfare organisation and such a rewarding experience to be able to work for them. I am relatively new around here and still have a lot to learn but I am very lucky to be working for this amazing organisation and I'm sure I will learn a lot.

   
Allison Goddard

Allison Goddard – Animal Attendant

I have worked at Animal Aid since June 2011 and also volunteer when I'm able to. Before joining the Animal Aid team I volunteered 2 days a week for 15 months for the RSPCA.

One of the best decisions I've ever made was to apply for a position at Animal Aid Gippsland. The ethics, standards and commitment at Animal Aid make working here enjoyable and most importantly, satisfying. Being able to work with animals, helping nurture the scared ones, training the undisciplined, caring for the sick or injured and even picking up after them is gratifying. Working as a team to ensure the best possible outcome for all our animals makes this the most rewarding job I've ever had. There is always something new to learn.

Out of work, I enjoy my time spent with my 13 year old daughter, Dakota, and my own animals, two dogs, Rusty and Carbo and our cat Peeko. Rusty was rescued 'privately', Carbo was adopted from Animal Aid and Peeko from the RSPCA. All of our holidays are spent at Lakes Entrance, where I lived until January 2010 for 13 years, as it is the only place I can take all three of my pets and Dakota and I can go kayaking and swimming.