Billy celebrates 21 years as part of the Wadars animal welfare team

Wadars has been rescuing wildlife and rehoming companion animals for the past 50 years, and for almost half of that time, Billy Elliot has been a rescue officer with the charity.

Before joining Wadars Billy ran a car body repair business in Worthing and knew about the work of the charity as he had been responsible for maintaining its fleet of animal ambulances for several years.

Speaking about what he enjoys most about the role of Animal Rescue Officer, Billy said; “It sounds like a cliché, but with this job no two days are alike, and you could never get bored. Obviously, it’s very rewarding when animals go to their new homes, but I also really enjoy the wildlife rescue side of my role.”

“Wadars is unique in as much as we work with both domestic and wild animals. We work closely with several other animal welfare organisations including the RSPCA and Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital as well as with a number of local vets, and I believe that joint working is key to being able to do the very best that we can for animals.”

Billy works alongside fellow animal rescue officers, Elaine Sinclair and Julie Brewer, and between them they provide a seven day a week service in and around the Worthing area.

 Looking to the future Billy concluded; “The fact that we now have our cattery open at our Ferring site is brilliant news and a great step on road to eventually having all of our animals here. We do come across some extremely sad situations in our line of work, but we also meet a lot of good people who want to do the best for animals, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”