Mansfield girl rescues unwanted pandemic pets

A Mansfield girl has been following her dreams of working in animal care by rescuing the pets who are no longer wanted during the pandemic.

By Katrina Taylor
Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:04 pm

Despite her young age, Lily Allen from Mansfield has been rescuing animals which have been purchased during lockdown but are no longer wanted.

Lily, aged 11, is currently unable to attend school due to medical reasons and is spending her time rescuing and re-homing pets whose owners are no longer able to care for them.

Her proud parents Rebecca and Phil have allowed Lily to follow her dreams whilst unable to attend school and say they are ‘incredibly proud’ of her achievements.

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Lily has been rescuing and re-homing unwanted pandemic pets

Rebecca said: “Lily has always loved animals, but she has really come into her own with all this - we’ve been blown away.”

Lily finds unwanted pets and feeds, cleans and nurtures them, before finding them suitable homes.

Lily surprises prospective families with her maturity and organisational skills, and she has now been accepted onto a recognised animal care qualification which she will be completing at home.

"Everyone always assumes I’m Lily when they come to our door,” added Rebecca.

Lily feeds and cleans the animals herself.

"They are really shocked when they realise such a young girl has organised everything – she has really shown an aptitude for it, we’re incredibly proud.”

Lily has rescued a large number of unwanted small animals already such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, and her proud parents are hoping to register as an official business in the coming months.

Lily has also been accepted as a volunteer at a local stables, where she will gain more hands-on experience in animal care.

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