Will lit­tle piggy go all the way home?

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

OVER the past cou­ple of months there has been a bit of an in­flux of un­wanted guinea pigs here at the Mid­dle­sex North West Branch of the RSPCA.

While we have found homes for most of our re­cent ar­rivals we cur­rently have five of th­ese very cute lit­tle char­ac­ters look­ing for a home for life.

Lemon and Lime are sis­ters who are four years old and came into our care as they were no longer wanted by their owner. They can be picked up and han­dled and are not too timid but they would best be suited to go to a home with a fam­ily which has had guinea pigs be­fore.

If you would like to adopt Lemon and Lime you will need a gar­den as they are used to liv­ing out­side and love noth­ing more than a sunny day when they will be out nib­bling away on your grass to keep your lawn nice and trim.

Lit­tle Tom is a young Abyssinian guinea pig. Once again a sadly all too fa­mil­iar tale of him no longer be­ing wanted by his owner which is what led him to our doors.

Be­ing only six months old Tom is still at that stage where ev­ery­thing is still a bit scary but he is cur­rently liv­ing with a foster fam­ily while we look for a per­ma­nent home for him and he is gain­ing in con­fi­dence ev­ery day. We are look­ing for a home for Tom where he will be able to move in with a fe­male com­pan­ion (ideally of a sim­i­lar age) who will be­come his friend for life. Tom will need to be kept in­side un­til the weather warms up and he can start be­ing in­tro­duced to the gar­den.

An­other pair of guinea pigs we have look­ing for a home are Ben and Jerry who like Tom are just six months old and yes, you guessed it, they also came to us be­cause their owner didn’t want them any more. Ben is a brown crested guinea pig while Jerry is smooth haired.

DO YOU ever have a night­mare that you have to do some­thing for which you aren’t pre­pared?

I’m hop­ing this night­mare is not about to be­come a re­al­ity for me. But, if it is, you could be there to wit­ness it.

This year’s Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar is on Satur­day and, as the or­gan­iser, I’ve been in hos­pi­tal for the past

Th­ese two boys have al­ready found their voices and squeak away at food time when they hear the rus­tle of their food bag.

At present in this cold weather they are liv­ing in­side but once sum­mer ar­rives they will be able to be in­tro­duced to your week – away from my post.

But wait, now I’ve taken a back seat, other peo­ple are com­ing for­ward with new ideas and of­fers of help – I’m not as in­dis­pen­si­ble as I thought I was. I can see the bazaar could be bet­ter than ever this time.

And it needs to be, you don’t have to be the sharpest tool in the box to know char­i­ties at the bazaar need our sup­port. gar­den.

If you would be in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing a home to Lemon and Lime, Tom, or Ben and Jerry then please ei­ther call us on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk to find out about adopt­ing

Quin is one of the sharpest tools in the boxer depart­ment at Dogs Trust. This beau­ti­ful boxer (cross­breed) is de­scribed by Dogs Trust as “too clever”.

The prob­lem with be­ing a clever dog in kennels is that he’s bored. He needs to oc­cupy his brain. Quin ar­rived at Dogs Trust as a stray in 2014 so his life is slip­ping past with no real op­por­tu­nity to live life to the full. He’s look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced own­ers with a home that is pre­pared for a big bouncy boy.

He gets on well with other dogs. If you think a clever dog would fit into your life­style, meet him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Hare­field or speak to Sian Fair­lie on the Dogs Trust stall at the Bazaar.

As well as hav­ing lots of gifts and bar­gains to buy, the bazaar also has them. You can also visit our web­site at: www. rspca-mid­dle­sex.org.uk to see all the an­i­mals look­ing for new homes. By mak­ing your next pet a res­cue pet you will help break the cy­cle of over breed­ing that leads to un­wanted pets. six great guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Zoe Ed­wards, an­i­mal wel­fare man­ager from The May­hew An­i­mal Home in Ken­sal Green, Dun­can McNair, chief ex­ec­u­tive from Save the Asian Ele­phants and speak­ers from An­i­mal Aid, Sea Shep­herd, An­i­mals Asia and in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal char­ity Four-Paws.

More than 30 an­i­mal char­i­ties will be there with Blue Cross be­ing the lat­est ad­di­tion. Blue Cross run two fan­tas­tic an­i­mal hospi­tals in our area, one at Ham­mer­smith and one at Vic­to­ria – very worth sup­port­ing.

The 38th Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar takes place on Satur­day 5 March (10.30am-4pm) at Han­well Methodist Church, Church Rd, Lon­don W7 1DJ. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Many peo­ple move in for the whole day.

De­tails from www. an­i­mal­wel­fare­bazaar. info.

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