Lurcher chases thief
WE WOULD like to give one final push to try and find homes for the animals in our care before Christmas, and we are holding one of our popular rehoming days at the Hillingdon clinic on Saturday, December 6.
While we always reinforce the message that an animal is for life and not just for Christmas – and we certainly would not endorse buying an animal for a Christmas gift for someone else – at a festive time of the year it can be lovely to welcome a new addition to the family home through our adoption system, which always ensures responsible rehoming of the animals in our care.
There will be cats, kittens, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs that are so desperate for a loving family to adopt them before Christmas comes.
The rehoming day is at our clinic in Crescent Parade, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, UB10 0LG, 9.30am-3pm.
If you would like to find out more, please ring the rehoming team on 01895 833 417. WHEN Kate Alliott adopted her dog Imogen, she had no idea how valuable she would prove to be.
Just three weeks after joining the family home, the 10-month-old Lurcher alerted her new owner to a burglar and chased him away.
Ms Alliott and her 12-year-old daughter Grace were upstairs in bed when Imogen started barking.
Ms Alliott went downstairs to investigate and found both the kitchen door and the garden gate wide open. Venturing outside, she saw a young man sat on her moped – but he ran off when approached.
CCTV footage obtained by the police showed there had in fact been two men in the house that evening. However, no arrests were made as the would-be thieves, who wore hoodies, could not be identified.
Ms Alliott, 47, said: “I dread to think of what the thieves might have taken if Imogen hadn’t been around. I don’t think I would have even known they’d been in the house until the following morning if it hadn’t been for her.
“My daughter and I feel so much safer having Imogen with us. I don’t want to imagine what could have happened if Imogen hadn’t been there.
“She really is mine and my daughter’s super-dog.”
Ms Alliott, who lives in Fulham, adopted Imogen from Dogs Trust Harefield.
Richard Moore, manager at the rehoming centre, said: “We think all of our dogs are super-dogs, but Imogen has gone one step further to demonstrate why she deserves this title.”
The Dogs Trust was founded in 1891 and is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, with 19 rehoming centres across the country.
The Harefield branch, in Harvil Road, cares for about 120 dogs at any given time.
n ‘SUPER-DOG’: Grace Alliott with her lurcher Imogen