Jacqui can really talk to the animals

Jacqui Grant, aged 67, of Shiregreen, with the rabbit she found on the step outside her door.
Jacqui Grant, aged 67, of Shiregreen, with the rabbit she found on the step outside her door.
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Animal lover Jacqui Grant has turned her double garage into a sanctuary for homeless and unwanted pets – and now cares for scores of rabbits, rodents, cats and dogs.

The 67-year-old, of Sycamore House Road, Shiregreen, Sheffield, used to show and breed hamsters and when she stopped she rescued some dogs, cats and rabbits from shelters where she used to live in Northamptonshire.

But when she moved to Sheffield eight years ago her love of animals quickly prompted her to convert her double garage into a safe haven for more pets she gradually acquired.

Now she has around 40 hutches for rabbits plus cages for 30 rats, hamsters, mice and gerbils. She has four rescue dogs and six cats.

Jacqui said there is a desperate shortage of space for rabbits and rodents in animal shelters in the area.

“I have always had cats, dogs and hamsters and when I came to Sheffield I realised that none of the shelters really has the facilities for rabbits,” she said. “We had a double garage so gradually we have filled it up with hutches.

“The RSPCA know what I do and contact me and people in the area know that I do this.

“I just love animals and it is my way of offering something back.

“Having 40 hutches to clean out and all these to feed certainly keeps me busy.”