An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

CHUNKY Chops watched me closely for the whole time I was stood out­side his pod writ­ing a few notes on how he came to be there. And what a sad story it was....

Chunky Chops had a home and an owner un­til last Septem­ber when his owner died. From Septem­ber un­til Fe­bru­ary this year, he lived out­side his old home, un­able to get in, get­ting what food he could from lo­cals.

It wasn’t un­til he de­vel­oped an in­fected wound on his head that he was taken into the care of the RSPCA.

What a be­wil­der­ing ex­is­tence for a cat, to be locked out of their home when their owner dies.

It is pre­cisely to avoid this hap­pen­ing that Cats Pro­tec­tion has set up their Cat Guardians ser­vice.

This is a free ser­vice aimed at giv­ing peace of mind to cat own­ers con­cerned about what might hap­pen if they were to pass away be­fore their cat.

In or­der to make use of this ser­vice you have to reg­is­ter in ad­vance. Then, as soon as Cats Pro­tec­tion are in­formed that some­one who is reg­is­tered with the scheme has died, they make im­me­di­ate ar­range­ments for the care of the cat(s). De­tails from the cat guardians team on 01825 741291 or email cat­guardians@cats.org.uk.

Dogs Trust have a sim­i­lar scheme for dogs (the Ca­nine Care Card Scheme, call 020 7837 0006) and, for cats, dogs and other sorts of pets, the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust op­er­ate the Pet Care Card scheme (call 020 8950 0177) and the RSPCA op­er­ate a Home for Life Scheme (rspca.org.uk).

How­ever painful it is to think about, we owe it to our pets, to make sure ar­range­ments are in place to care for them, if we no longer can.

Now back to Chunky Chops, af­ter hav­ing to fend for him­self, this boy is now be­ing prop­erly looked af­ter.

He can be shy with new peo­ple, so he prefers it if you take your time to in­tro­duce your­self slowly so he can make friends in his own time.

I also found a hand­ful of nib­bles helped.

If you would like to of­fer Chunky Chops a lov­ing home and show him that his days of aban­don­ment are over, you can meet him, and other cats, at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.

n LOOK­ING OUT: Chunky Chops needs a lov­ing home

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