Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert Marion Garnett, founder of the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar, continues her weekly column
SOMETIMES a risk pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. Last week I risked leaving my bike unlocked for five minutes outside the library – it wasn’t there when I got back.
No doubt many have risked their money on Comic – an ex-racing greyhound and also lost. But Comic’s racing days are over and the real winner will be the one who gets to take him home for ever – and walk him in the park in his smart red suit.
It was a freezing day when I met Comic and most of the dogs were wearing their coats. If you haven’t visited the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) rehoming centre, although the dogs do have a heated part to their kennels, facilities are basic and on a cold, windy day, it’s bitter.
Comic and I spent time in the Wendy House which was warm and peaceful.
After lying on the sofa pretending to be asleep (greyhounds are renowned couch potatoes), Comic amused himself by putting his nose in the toybox, fishing out all the fluffy rabbits and lining them up on the armchair.
Well away from the dogs, in another corner of the rehoming centre are real rabbits. And I want to update you on Oakland, the rabbit I recently told you about.
NAWT were looking for a home for Oakland and Willow, the rabbit he was bonded with. A home was found and they were reserved but, unfortunately, Willow died suddenly. So Oakland is still at NAWT but is on his own and is looking for a neutered female rabbit he can be paired with.
Oakland is a big boy who has had a difficult time but he would love to find a new friend for Valentine’s Day.
If you can home Comic or if you have a suitable companion and could home Oakland, call 020 8950 0177 or meet them at NAWT, Tylers Way, Watford by-pass.
NAWT have more than 50 dogs and up to 80 cats as well as rabbits and guinea pigs. They are asking that for Valentine’s Day, we make up for them a Basket of Love. Ideas for items to include are toys, treats, blankets, food and vegetables. Please bring your Valentine’s basket/ bag to the centre (address above) when it is ready.
n HERO: Comic the greyhound