As far back as she can remember, Chelsea Randall loved animals. The captain of the Adelaide Crows women’s team grew up in Perth, and one of her fondest childhood memories is being among her grandmother’s menagerie.
“My grandmother lived a few minutes away and had cats, dogs, chickens and other birds, and I always loved going there, feeding them and just being with them,” Chelsea said.
The family later acquired dogs, the first being a stray who followed them home one night from a circus.
“We joked that Jessie was from the circus,” Chelsea recalled.
“She was my dad’s best friend, she used to sit next to him in the grader when he was working on the roads.”
Jessie was later joined by Harley, named for Chelsea’s mother’s love of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Chelsea quickly formed a close bond with the Golden Retriever mix pup – “I told her all my secrets…she was like having a friend you could trust not to share.”
Nowadays, Chelsea and her partner, Crows player Marijana Rajcic (better known as MJ) share their home with an 11-year-old Border Collie mix named Koda (who has been Chelsea’s companion since she was in his late teens) and two-year-old Lenny, a two-year-old kelpie cross from a farm litter.
“I said I would take care of him for a while, until they can find a home, but he’s still here,” laughed Chelsea.
Compassion for Animals saw Chelsea volunteering at a dog shelter in WA during her senior year at school, and also fostering dogs while working in the Pilbara area of WA. Although she loves all animals, Chelsea admits she has a special bond with dogs, which explains her enthusiasm during a recent photo shoot for the team where the players posed with some of the dogs from the Lonsdale shelter of the RSPCA who needed a home.
Chelsea said she hopes her position as ambassador will encourage “more good people to connect with fantastic animals in need of homes”.
“I’m very passionate about animals – what they teach us is valuable, we learn so much from them and they teach us so much about ourselves,” she said.
“I want to share stories about what the RSPCA does for animals because I believe everyone, animals and people, needs a second chance and I know the joy and benefits they bring. to our lives.
“You can’t put a price on that.”
Today’s announcement from Chelsea’s ambassador to the RSPCA SA coincides with International Day of the Dog and comes ahead of tonight’s first round game for the AFLW who will face Melbourne Football Club in a game which will start at Glenelg Oval at 7:10 p.m.
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