Could you give John Craven a home ?

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

ONE of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing an­i­mal wel­fare char­i­ties to­day is try­ing to deal with the tens of thou­sands of pets that be­come lost ev­ery year and which have either not been mi­cro-chipped or whose own­ers have moved but haven’t up­dated their ad­dress de­tails on the mi­crochip data­base.

Th­ese strays are the ones which are very rarely able to be re­united with their own­ers and as a re­sult new homes have to be found for them.

So far this year at the Mid­dle­sex North West Branch of the RSPCA we has taken in more than 500 pets in need of shel­ter and care while a new home is found for them and 212 of th­ese have been stray and not mi­crochipped.

If the own­ers of th­ese pets had taken the time to get their pet mi­crochipped then they could all have been re­united with their fam­i­lies by now.

You can get your pet mi­crochipped at your lo­cal vets or if you are on a low in­come you may find lo­cal an­i­mal wel­fare char­i­ties can help. Mi­crochip­ping is a quick and sim­ple process that in­volves in­ject­ing a tiny mi­crochip un­der your pet’s skin.

This has a unique num­ber that can be read by a scan­ner. Most an­i­mals can be mi­crochipped but it is most com­monly used for cats, dogs, rab­bits and horses. It will be a le­gal re­quire­ment from April 6 next year for all dogs in England to be mi­crochipped.

Sweet lit­tle Daz had been scav­eng­ing for food and sleep­ing rough for some time be­fore be­ing re­ported to us as stray and com­ing into our care when we were un­able to trace his own­ers.

He was filthy when he ar­rived, but slowly all his grey bits are turn­ing white once more.

Daz is look­ing for a quiet home, pos­si­bly with other cats, par­tic­u­larly if they are fe­male, and he must have a home with a gar­den to en­joy.

John Craven is a lovely chunky fel­low res­cued from the streets of North West Lon­don af­ter he had been found liv­ing on the street, scav­eng­ing for food. He is a friendly cat who loves be­ing around peo­ple but doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily want a lot of fuss all of the time.

He is quite vo­cal and will let you know he wants some­thing, and be­ing a bit of a diva he can have a bit of a strop when he doesn’t get his own way. He is just a great big kit­ten so can be­come rough when play­ing, though he never uses his claws; this is why he needs a grown up fam­ily so if he does get a bit over zeal­ous he can be put in his place eas­ily.

Both Daz and John Craven are now mi­crochipped and ready to find their new home for life so if you think one of them might be ideal as your new fam­ily cat then call us on (020) 89669688 or email us at: info@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk to find out how you can adopt them.

n SWEET: Daz, above, who was found as a stray and John Craven, top left, are in need of new homes

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