An­i­mal Res­cue with Marion Gar­nett

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS - Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Marion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her colum

THE cat­nip hearts sold by The May­hew An­i­mal Home are leg­endary. The last time I bought some, I brought them home in a pa­per bag but, by the time, I went to re­trieve them, they had al­ready been se­cretly sniffed out and a cat’s claw had, with the pre­ci­sion of a sur­geon car­ry­ing out an op­er­a­tion, made a clean in­ci­sion into the bag and all the hearts had been silently ex­tracted. (For read­ers un­fa­mil­iar with cats, cat­nip is a plant that most cats adore).

For­tu­nately it is not just cat­nip hearts that The May­hew has that are adorable. Just take a look at Ch­ester. This four-year-old boy has steadily worked his way into the hearts of all the staff and vol­un­teers at The May­hew. He ar­rived in early Fe­bru­ary af­ter The May­hew were told that for a long time he had been sleep­ing, as a stray, in a box inside a con­crete shel­ter in some­one’s front gar­den.

Al­though he can be shy at times, he is gen­tle, friendly and af­fec­tion­ate. He needs a quiet, lov­ing home. If this could be with you, he’s wait­ing for you at The May­hew, Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green NW10.

The May­hew un­der­takes fan­tas­tic work both in this coun­try and abroad. Cur­rently one of their vets is in Afghanistan for three months treat­ing in­jured an­i­mals as well as train­ing the vet­eri­nary team in Nowzad. An­other vet­eri­nary team is work­ing in Ge­or­gia teach­ing how to neuter and spay an­i­mals.

This is in ad­di­tion to their Lon­don work where their An­i­mal Wel­fare Of­fi­cers never know what each day will bring. They were re­cently called to a house where over 30 cats were liv­ing and, un­sur­pris­ingly, the owner couldn’t cope.

In or­der to raise funds for all this work and, at the same time, cel­e­brate The May­hew’s 130th An­niver­sary, The May­hew is invit­ing us to host a tea party be­tween April 18-24. This also co­in­cides with Na­tional Tea Day on April 21. If you would like to hold a tea party you can regis­ter your event at the­may­hew.org and they will send you a pack to help with your party.

Hosts and guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the raf­fle whereby you can win af­ter­noon tea for two at Ladurée,

n SEEK­ING PROPER SHEL­TER: Ch­ester

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