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  • Mel from Heathrow Animal Centre

    The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre staff have one of the most envied jobs on the airport – getting to look after animals of all shapes and sizes that travel via Heathrow. Melissa Hart is one of the lucky staff members at HARC who has shared with us what it’s like behind the scenes and bit more about herself. Enjoy!

    Mel has been working at HARC for 5 years after initially completely work experience at the centre while studying. In her spare time, Mel is loves going to the cinema and spending time with her dog Hudson, a two and a half year old American Akita. At work, Mel gets face-to-face with animals big and small from around at the world!

    Behind the scenes Q&A:

    Too many to choose from but Batman trilogy of films is up there.

    Again I can’t limit that to just one band. I enjoy a wide range of music from Britney Spears right through to System of a Down.

    Watching dogs being reunited with their owners, it’s just a joy to watch.

    Two toed Sloth and a Good fellows Tree Kangaroo.

    When animals fail the pet travel scheme and we have to send them to quarantine. It’s upsetting for the owner being separated from their pet for that period of time. That’s why it’s important to make sure your pet and their paperwork is prepared correctly for entry into the United Kingdom.

    You can never be sure what’s going to happen at the HARC. Every day is different and full of surprises.

    I had my work experience here while I was completing my degree in animal welfare and behaviour. I then worked here on a casual contract until my degree was finished and became a permanent member of the team.

    Last year alone, HARC welcomed:

    • 28 million fish;
    • 16,000 dogs and cats;
    • 200,000 reptiles, and
    • 2000 birds.

    The City of London Corporation runs the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. For more information on HARC visit their website here, and follow all of their adorable animal pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.