Long-haired lover from Hilling­don

Harefield Gazette - - RSPCA NEWS -

OUR branch is one of only a few who try and do a lit­tle to­wards the coun­try­wide ne­glect and hor­rific cru­elty of horses and don­keys.

The RSPCA Na­tional So­ci­ety’s re­sources are stretched to max­i­mum and this cold weather in­creases the need for rugs and ex­tra hay and food.

Hilling­don Branch has three el­derly equines in its care, one needs half a bale of hay a day. Frankie is a thor­ough­bred and not hardy, and her ve­teri­nary de­mand at the mo­ment is high with a swollen hock.

We ur­gently need do­na­tions specif­i­cally for equine use, sym­pa­this­ers may like to con­sider or­gan­is­ing a fam­ily or work­place event to raise much needed funds for this part of the RSPCA’s work.

The cold weather raises con­cerns for an­i­mals liv­ing out­side. Wher­ever pos­si­ble please bring hutches into a garage or shed.

A heavy blan­ket cov­er­ing over the hutch at night helps. Re­mem­ber wa­ter bowls and nd bot­tles freeze – wrap them m around with wads of news­pa­per.

Dogs should not be kept pt out­side and this branch sup­ports the cam­paign against this. Shel­ter is vi­tal, warm dry bed­ding and pro­tec­tion off the floor.

If you own an old dog, he may not feel like his usual walk if it is bit­terly cold.

Thank you all for the lovely ovely en­quiries we are re­ceiv­ing to adopt our home­less pets.

We would par­tic­u­larly likeik to hear from any­one in­ter­ested in adopt­ing rab­bits and guinea pigs, also el­derly cats.

Don’t for­get to visit our char­ity shops at 12/13/17 Cres­cent Pa­rade Hilling­don, in­come from th­ese shops goes di­rectly to pay for lo­cal an­i­mal wel­fare.

Dou­gal (ginger) and Leo (black/tan) are two hand­some boys who came to us when their own­ers could no longer care for them.

Be­ing longer-haired breed they need a fam­ily that has the time to un­der­take their groom­ing needs to keep them in great con­di­tion and giv­ing them the love they de­serve.

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 first, to un­der­stand what is in­volved.

TOur an­i­mal wel­fare staff are also al­ways happy to pro­vide any ad­vice needed.

If you can of­fer a home to any of our lovely lit­tle furry HERE’S a Punch car­toon which shows a posh French Poo­dle look­ing ques­tion­ingly at a ten­nis ball thrown for her to re­trieve.

The owner is say­ing to her “Never mind ‘Pourquoi?’ – just get it!”

Some dogs un­der­stand play more than oth­ers. When I met Pan­cake, I threw a ten­nis ball for him and friends, please con­tact us. Thank you for your sup­port. We can’t do it with­out you.

If you can of­fer one of our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then he looked at me as if to say “What did you do that for?” What he does un­der­stand is go­ing to the of­fice. He loves spend­ing time in the of­fice of Sian Fair­lie, Sup­porter Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer at Dogs Trust Hare­field.

He’s keep­ing Sian com­pany be­cause he’s com­ing up to his first An­niver­sary of be­ing at Dogs Trust and he’s tired of kennels.

He ar­rived on please ring RSPCA Hilling­don on 01895 833417 or visit www.rspc­ahilling­don clinic.org.uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form. Pan­cake Day last year af­ter his owner moved abroad and, un­less he is homed soon, he’s go­ing to be there for Pan­cake Day this year.

Pan­cake is a cross­breed with a lovely wiry feel to his coat. He is very friendly and en­joys meet­ing new peo­ple. When I met him, he wel­comed me into Sian’s of­fice warmly (but po­litely). If you’re look­ing for a dog to take to the of­fice, he could be your man. He’s easy to have around.

Pan­cake could live with chil­dren aged 10 or more but needs to be the only dog in the home as he’s not that keen on other dogs – but Dogs Trust hope this may change when he’s homed.

He’s clever, knows some com­mands and would en­joy more train­ing. If you would like to know more about this gor­geous boy, you can meet him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Hare­field.

If work­ing in a shop rather than an of­fice is more your cup of tea, the Cats Pro­tec­tion char­ity shop in Al­bert Ter­race, Pit­shanger Lane, Eal­ing W5 is des­per­ate for vol­un­teers.

Help is par­tic­u­larly needed on Thurs­day and Satur­day af­ter­noons (1-4pm) and Wed­nes­day and Fri­day morn­ings (10am-1pm). If you can help ei­ther call into the shop or phone 020 8998 3940.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get this year’s Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar is tak­ing place on Satur­day March 5 (10.30am-4pm) at Han­well Methodist Church, Church Road W7 1DJ.

More than 30 char­i­ties will be tak­ing part – in­clud­ing Sian rep­re­sent­ing Dogs Trust. More de­tails nearer the time but if you can’t wait, have a look at www.an­i­mal­wel­fare bazaar.info

n UR­GENT CALL: Hilling­don RSPCA needs do­na­tions to help its horses and don­keys

n FRIENDLY DUO: Dou­gal (left) and Leo are long-haired guinea pigs

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