Ishbel volunteers at animal shelters and sterilisation projects as she pedals the world and accompanies front line animal protection groups in rescue missions. The trailer attached to her bicycle is used to rescue dogs and cats and World Bike Girl is used as a platform to raise funds for medical/travel costs and finding homes. So far the World Bike Girl community has raised £5000 for street animals.
Ishbel advises animal rescue groups on social media, website content and adoption photography and shares what she has learned from projects around the world, whilst promoting adoption.
Street animals always feature in Ishbel’s public speaking events about cycling the world and she offers free talks to local animal groups, sharing information between countries.
Ishbel has written a book about Lucy, the first street dog she rescued in Turkey, which will be published this year by Bradt Travel (UK) in August and Velo Press (USA/Canada) in October. Alongside her book tours she will be visiting animal shelters and promoting adoption. Her aim in the process is to set up ‘Lucy’s Legacy’ a foundation to help stray animals around the world.
Ishbel is developing a resource section on worldbikegirl.com, documenting all she has learned and sharing stories of the incredible humans she’s met along the way helping animals.
“There is great misunderstanding about the world of street animals and I hope by sharing my experiences and the knowledge from experts I’ve met along the way that people are in a better position to know how best to help.” Ishbel Holmes
If you are involved in animal rescue/protection and would like to share your story please contact Ishbel using the form below.