Carols, bo­nan­zas and more

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AS an ur­ban branch much of our money, time and re­sources is spent at­tend­ing road traf­fic ac­ci­dents. Th­ese are usu­ally cats and wildlife. If the cat is not mi­crochipped it is very dif­fi­cult to re­unite it with its owner.

Life-saving ve­teri­nary pro­ce­dures may have to be made in a hurry and of­ten when the cat is not claimed we are left with an am­putee to be found a shel­tered home, or a cat in need of longterm af­ter care.

Wildlife is net­worked to an RSPCA spe­cial­ist cen­tre, and if the in­jury is only slight, hap­pily re­leased back into the wild.

Macavity in our pic­ture is one such cat, found very in­jured with a badly bro­ken leg which had to be amputated.

The cost to our branch ex­ceeds £500 and as he was not neutered we have added to this cost ster­il­i­sa­tion, in­noc­u­la­tion and that all im­por­tant mi­crochip.

He is a lov­ing cat if a lit­tle shy and we would love to hear from you if you can of­fer him a lov­ing home this Christ­mas.

We also have sev­eral beau­ti­ful guinea pigs on the look­out for new homes, in­clud­ing the small litter we are very proud to have suc­cess­fully hand-reared from two days old.

Guinea pigs are so­cia­ble and friendly an­i­mals but like all pets re­quire com­mit­ment to their spe­cific ac­com­mo­da­tion, di­etary and health needs. First time own­ers should do their re­search.

We have re­cently launched our Christ­mas Ap­peal which you can check out on our web­site for ways to do­nate, or maybe you could help dis­trib­ute some fly­ers for us.

Our Hilling­don char­ity shops are open­ing ev­ery Sun­day through De­cem­ber with a spe­cial Bo­nanza Night on De­cem­ber 15, 5-7pm and ev­ery Wed­nes­day where we will be sell­ing do­nated de­signer hand­bags, glitz evening wear and more.

On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16 please join us for carols out­side clinic at 16 Cres­cent Pa­rade 5pm to 7pm.

The bad news this week is that our trusty an­i­mal van has been writ­ten off in a road traf­fic accident of its own!

Thank good­ness no one was hurt, but we are ur­gently seek­ing a re­place­ment on a very tight bud­get – we have never been lucky enough to get a spon­sor­ship but this ac­tive van does thou­sands of miles lo­cally and would do credit to such a scheme.

If you think you can of­fer one of our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then please ring 01895 833417 or visit www.rspcahillingdonclinic.org.uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

n IN­JURED: Macavity was found with a bro­ken leg

n HELLO: RSPCA Hilling­don has sev­eral cute guinea pigs

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