Catch up with...Kat Gould

21 APRIL 2020

Each week, we’re introducing you to one of our amazing staff members and volunteers so you can find out more about their work and what a typical day is like for them here at Battersea. They’ll even share stories and photos of their favourite Battersea animals.

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This week, we caught up (remotely) with Kat Gould, Operations Admin Assistant at our Old Windsor Centre.

Tell us a bit about what you do at Battersea

I work as support staff for the entire Old Windsor Centre which means I’m involved with every single department on site, I also liaise with different teams from our London and Brands Hatch centres regularly.

This means that day to day I could be responding to various emails, ordering supplies, sending thank you letters to supporters. But you could also find me out and about on site; I could be setting up a meeting room, ensuring stock levels of supplies are monitored effectively so our staff and animals never go without, or I could be supplying a new member of staff with their shiny new uniform!

I’m currently working from home, missing all of the dogs and cats a lot, but continuing to support in any way possible. There is still lots to keep on top of to ensure the team still working on site has everything they need, which I am doing remotely, while also supporting our management team in keeping staff from our Old Windsor Centre connected through daily photo submission competitions and weekly quizzes!

Who is your most memorable Battersea animal and why?

My most memorable Battersea animal would have to be Wizzo, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was brought to us soon after I started at Battersea Old Windsor. She is one of the first animals I remember spending a lot of time with, so holds a special place in my heart!

Wizzo is a wonderful girl who loved people and much preferred being out and about to anywhere else. Along with lots of care and enrichment from our team, we were also able to have her spend time in the day in the office with us and it really helped her to relax. She settled in to being her true self and showed her true colours which, happily led to her finding her loving new home.

The photo shows her in her default snuggle mode which was a view I loved to see from my desk.

Wizzo

What is your favourite thing about your work?

I always say that my favourite thing about Battersea is that a wagging tail is never far away! However, I would also have to add that there is a real indomitable spirit that all staff and volunteers have at Battersea, which we’ve seen even more of recently, and it makes it a truly heartwarming place to work.

Show us your favourite ever photo of a Battersea animal

My favourite photo of a Battersea animal is the one from when two of my Battersea colleagues (and now good friends) Sarah and Lucy and I took part in the Muddy Dog Challenge at Windsor. We ran with the then Battersea Old Windsor resident, Benson. We had a very fun and very muddy time running the obstacle course with him, raising money for the organisation and Benson absolutely adored being out and about exploring! He was soon scooped up and headed off to his forever home so it’s a really lovely memory to have with him.

Benson

Top TV, Book or Film recommendation for lockdown?

If you haven’t seen it yet, then a good binge of “Line Of Duty” is a must! But if you fancy something completely unique every episode, then “Inside No 9” is a personal favourite!

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