An enjoyable themed meal in a Halloween setting was followed by an excellent talk by Steve Byrne on ‘It's more than just black cats and bats at the GSPCA’.
A bit about Steve and the GSPCA:
Steve Byrne is the Manager of the GSPCA which he has run for 7 years after 16
years in the UK with the RSPCA.
Steve was born and raised in South Wales and at
the age of 18 he became the youngest manager of the RSPCA and has worked in
animal welfare across the UK before moving to Guernsey in 2011.
in animal care came from his Grandfather who kept caged birds and at the age of
14 Steve had 200 of his own birds with a series of aviaries and enclosures with
5 paper rounds to help pay for their care. Steve now leads the team of 30 staff,
over 800 volunteers and the Shelter cares for over 3000 sick, injured and
rescued animals a year as well as running other services that benefit the
The GSPCA has a rich history since being founded in 1873 and it has
seen many developments in recent years under the guidance of Steve and the GSPCA
team and in 2016 they were awarded the Guernsey Community Foundation Charity of
the Year and in 2017 were awarded the International Special Recognition Award in
Animal Welfare at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.
The role in which Steve works
in very much a vocation and a way of life working 24/7 but he is also on the
committee of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes made up of over 140 animal
charities large and small which helps bring charities together to strive to do
the best they can sharing best practice, knowledge and networking. This is
something that Steve has also brought to the GSPCA and many new relationships
and accomplishments have come from working with other organisations, groups,
charities and businesses.
One of the biggest accomplishments at the GSPCA was the new Multi Purpose Animal Welfare Building became fully operational in 2016 and the next focus is on the first ever Wildlife Hospital in the Channel Islands. Steve with his wife, children and pets have fallen very much in love with Guernsey and the local community so much so that in 2017 he and his now wife got married last August at St Andrews Church and they can be seen at many of the Guernsey activities and events often in tow with a GSPCA stall.
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