Hollie – Kennel Manager Extraordinaire
Hollie is one busy lady – this superhero wears gumboots- and if she isn’t running around after the greyhounds, she’s busy cuddling them! She can usually be found with a hose in one hand, her phone in the other, and a dog (or goat!) by her side….
What is your role in GR?
I’ve been with GR for 5 years as Kennel manager/mum and an assortment of hundreds of other jobs.
How much time do you spend on your role? Weekly/Daily?
Too much! Every morning weekdays, and often afternoons as well. Plus I’m on call.
What does a typical shift/day involve for you?
Getting up early to let all the dogs in the hospital out to toilet and check on them, then all the dogs in our top kennel area. Then I go through, disinfect and hose everything, clean out torn bedding, put new bedding in, pooper scoop the yards, feed them, and then take dogs to the vets for desexing. By the time 11am rolls around I’ll have already taken a dozen phone calls as well, dropped my kids to school, and then check on the volunteers who do the bottom kennels. If a volunteer calls at the last minute unavailable I often have to do all the hounds down the bottom as well, morning and/or afternoon. I do meet and greets, pick up dogs coming in, do surrenders, collect dog food, giving advice to adoptive families who call, collect donations, and help at events.
What is the thing you like best about your role?
Being the first contact for dogs arriving to rescue, the bonding the time in the van (chucking them chicken nuggets). Meeting new dogs and seeing dogs that have been here a while finally find their perfect family.
What frustrates you about your role?
There’s always too much to do and not enough people during the week to help at kennels. Ausilia’s neverending emails, and being hounded by our paperwork nazi Kate. I would rather pick up 34 greyhounds poo all day than touch paperwork.
Anything else to add?
There’s so much going on behind the scenes that people have no idea about, I couldn’t do it without my A Team (you know who you are). I hate paperwork and getting emails, but I love my job because I love the dogs. If I could adopt them all I would, but I can’t so I live with all instead.