About Animate Animal Minding
Animate Animal Minding was started in 2006 by me, Leanne, in Teesdale, Co. Durham. Animate's reputation for skilled and reliable animal care grew and I now employ a team of experienced Animal Minders based throughout the dale.
Animate aims to assist customers in the care of their animals in the manner and environment they are accustomed to.
To respect and follow each owners instructions.
To treat all animals with care in accordance with the Five
I'm Leanne Dawson (Nee Bainbridge), a farmer's daughter, born and bred in Teesdale!
I have qualifications in Agriculture (NVQ 3 - Livestock: Houghall College, Durham) and Animal Management (Nat. Award in Animal Management: Newton Rigg College, Penrith).
Past jobs include working as a warden at the Otter Trust and at Farplace Animal Rescue as animal care assistant. Both jobs involved dealing closely with the public alongside explaining and educating people about wild, domestic and commercial animals.
I have worked on several different farms in the area on both a full time and part time/self-employed basis.
I've owned horses nearly all my life and have broken in and helped 'bring on' young horses.
Through work and college I've had various experience with exotic pets, birds and fish. I have a great interest in wildlife and have been involved in rehabilitation and release schemes including Otters, Weasels, Birds of Prey, Lapwings and Bats.
During time out in Australia, i worked full time on a cattle station and a dairy farm and volunteered at an exotic zoo, where i worked closely with crocodiles, reptiles, wombats, dingoes and other interesting animals you probably wont find in Teesdale!
My qualifications and references are available to see to put your mind at ease.