What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Bramley Cavies, Leeds

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Helen and Christine Broadhead are the co-founders of Bramley Cavies Animal Rescue and Education. Bramley Cavies was set up by the mother-daughter team when they realised the desperate need for a safe and loving place for abandoned and unwanted guinea pigs to go.

Helen has worked with animals since the age of 14 and, as such, has gained a large amount of knowledge not only with guinea pigs, but also with many other species of animals. She is passionate about the animals she helps and will help as many as possible. She recently took in a snake after a frantic phone call saying a couple had found it on their dining table after being out for the day! Helen quickly found space for the snake and had it safe in its new home within just a couple of hours.

bramleycaviesChristine is Helen’s mother who encouraged and nurtured Helen’s love of animals. Growing up the house was always full of a variety of animals which together they looked after and nurtured.

Helen and Christine have owned guinea pigs for many years and love their cheeky, fun loving nature. The rescue was founded in 2011 and, in just 18 months had achieved registered charity status. The rescue has grown from strength to strength, growing from rescuing and rehoming guinea pigs to many other small animals including, but not limited to, rabbits, tortoises, snakes and even tarantulas.

The rescue has also grown to include a larger education side. Helen and the team are regularly visiting local schools, nursing homes, tourist attractions and events to raise awareness not only making people aware of the amount of animals in need, but also in the correct way to care for the animals. They educate people on the correct housing animals need and the correct diet amongst other things. It is the rescues belief that if they can promote positive ownership, less animals will end up in rescues as a result.

All the team at Bramley Cavies Animal Rescue and Education are passionate about animals, big and small, and wherever they go they are promoting animal welfare and spreading information on how to care for animals.

Bramley Cavies has been nominated in the category Best Community, Fund Raising Group or Charity Group. To vote for Bramley Cavies please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

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