Plain sail­ing with Pop­eye and pals

Harefield Gazette - - RSPCA NEWS -

WITH the rush and bus­tle of Christ­mas be­hind us and the days vis­i­bly get­ting a lit­tle longer now is the ‘purr­fect’ time to look for a new pet to liven up your life and home.

RSPCA Mid­dle­sex north west branch man­ager, Al­lan Harper, said “We have three cats with us at present who have all for one rea­son or an­other re­ally be­come favourites of the staff and who we would love to find new lov­ing, car­ing homes.

“Shylo, Ewok, and Pop­eye have all had a pretty rough time be­fore com­ing to us so we are hop­ing they soon catch some­one’s eye.”

Shylo is one of sev­eral cats res­cued from a home where their own­ers were sim­ply over­whelmed and un­able to cope with their cat’s day to day needs. Shylo is, as her name sug­gests, a very timid lit­tle soul.

She is clearly go­ing to need a very spe­cial some­one to of­fer a for­ever home. Shylo is the sort of cat who will take a while to set­tle into a new en­vi­ron­ment, but with lots of TLC and gen­tle coax­ing we are con­fi­dent Shylo will find her true self.

Hav­ing lived with many other cats in the past and get­ting on with them so well we feel it would ben­e­fit Shylo hugely to share her new pad with other cats.

Ewok is an af­fec­tion­ate cat who wouldn’t say no to curl­ing up on your lap. Ewok came to us af­ter be­ing re­ported as a stray that had been liv­ing out on the streets fend­ing for him­self for quite some time.

Apart from be­ing slightly grubby (be­fore a bath) and hav­ing a few scratches on his nose he is in good shape. Ewok would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate a place to call home and would def­i­nitely make the most of all the crea­ture com­forts on of­fer.

He will make a great fam­ily cat and will need a gar­den to ex­plore and have fun in.

Pop­eye was quick to be­come a ‘favourite’ at the cat­tery with his gen­tle ways. Since com­ing into our care as an in­jured stray he has un­der­gone ma­jor surgery, hav­ing to have his left eye re­moved.

Pop­eye has been brave through­out his or­deal and with ex­tra treats on hand to make him feel bet­ter has re­cov­ered well.

As he is an older boy and not very ac­tive we feel he would suit a quiet home where the pace of life is slow and calm. Pop­eye is a friendly chap ON Box­ing Day, when many peo­ple had their feet up and eat­ing Christ­mas left­overs, some­body was furtively dump­ing this puppy in a box and leav­ing it for dead by the side of a road.

The puppy was found, to­gether with two other tiny pup­pies, in a state of ne­glect at Wat­ford Rise, in north Lon­don.

For­tu­nately, they were found be­fore it was too who likes be­ing brushed and will en­joy join­ing you on the sofa for the evening (or day).

If you would be in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing a home to Shylo, Ewok or Pop­eye then please ei­ther call us on late and taken to The May­hew An­i­mal Home where they were given the love and care they needed.

The May­hew think they may have been un­sold Christ­mas pup­pies.

Two of them are now ready for hom­ing (the third will be soon). This one, Sky, is a mixed breed ter­rier. What a de­light to give her a home and train her into (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@rsp­camid­dle­ to find out about adopt­ing them.

Visit www.rspca-mid­dle­ to see all the an­i­mals we cur­rently have look­ing for new homes. a well-be­haved adult dog.

If you have the time and would like to home her, see the­may­ or call 020 8962 8009.

The May­hew will be talk­ing about its work at this year’s Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar (an­i­mal­wel­fare­bazaar. info), which takes place on Satur­day, March 5 (10.30am-4pm) at Han­well Methodist Church, Church Rd, Lon­don W7 1DJ.

More than 30 an­i­mal wel­fare char­i­ties are tak­ing part.

As well as lots to buy, the pro­gramme of talks this year is bet­ter than ever.

If you were at a con­fer­ence, you would pay good money to hear such pre­sen­ta­tions – but at the bazaar, they are free.

Sea Shep­herd will be giv­ing a talk en­ti­tled ‘Sea Shep­herd – Does What Oth­ers Can’t or Won’t’.

Last year, most peo­ple who heard their talk left the room want­ing to be Cove Guardians, so be pre­pared to be in­spired.

We also have the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Save The Asian Ele­phants (STAE), em­i­nent lawyer Dun­can McNair, talk­ing about the con­ser­va­tion and wel­fare of Asian ele­phants. Dun­can re­cently spoke to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment about the treat­ment of young ele­phants as they are pre­pared for use in tourism and tem­ples.

This treat­ment in­volves ele­phants be­ing tied with ropes to pre­vent them mov­ing, beaten and tor­tured un­til their spirit is bro­ken.

Dun­can is a fre­quent speaker to par­lia­ment and will wel­come ques­tions.

If you want to know more about the work of STAE and how to help, speak to Dun­can at the bazaar, where you can buy one of their much cov­eted T-shirts. Also visit

n THREE AMI­GOS: Friendly Ewok (left), gen­tle Pop­eye (above) and sweet Shylo (right) are favourites with RSPCA staff

n LEFT FOR DEAD: Sky was found on Box­ing Day

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