An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her weekly col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - RSPCA NEWS -

JUST like his name­sake, Bowie is pop­u­lar. He’s a gor­geous chunky boy who was handed over to the RSPCA in Jan­uary as a stray.

Al­though he was shy at first, he’s de­vel­op­ing into a friendly, af­fec­tion­ate cat who now has the staff at the re­hom­ing cen­tre eat­ing out of his hand.

Bowie was for­tu­nate to find a place in a re­hom­ing cen­tre. The num­ber of stray cats is in­creas­ing and spa­ces are lim­ited.

If you’ve found a cat you think may be a stray, here are some im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber. Firstly, it might not be a stray, so ask around and put up no­tices to see if peo­ple know who owns the cat.

Make a pa­per col­lar and write a mes­sage on it with your phone num­ber ask­ing the owner to call you if the cat is theirs. Se­cure the ends with a small piece of sel­lotape. (Don’t put sel­lotape round the whole col­lar as this can be dan­ger­ous if the cat gets caught up). You can down­load a col­lar tem­plate from www. rspca.org.uk. Be care­ful ap­ply­ing it.

If the cat can be trans­ported safely, take the cat to a vet to be scanned for a mi­crochip.

Also reg­is­ter the cat on Lost and Found lists.

If the owner can’t be traced and you can’t keep the cat your­self, con­tact a rep­utable res­cue cen­tre to see if they can take the cat – and that brings us back to Bowie.

If you can give this lovely boy a home, he’s wait­ing for you at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall.

There is still time to en­ter the fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the Mayor of Eal­ing and the char­ity Save the Asian Ele­phants (founded by a lo­cal lawyer).

The com­pe­ti­tion high­lights, in a gen­tle way, the cruel treat­ment of the highly en­dan­gered Asian ele­phants and how they can be pro­tected. It’s open to all pri­mary schools in the Bor­ough of Eal­ing and there are cat­e­gories for Re­cep­tion through to Years 5 and 6.

Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to be cre­ative by sub­mit­ting ei­ther a piece of art­work (such as a draw­ing or sculp­ture) or cre­ative writ­ing (prose or po­etry) un­der the ap­pro­pri­ate ti­tle for their school year.

The clos­ing date is Fri­day, March 4. For de­tails email saveth­easian ele­phants@stae.org

n IDEAL FOR CAT PEO­PLE: Bowie

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