Pat thinks he’s a very lucky man

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

POST­MAN Pat loves his black and white cat. Jess is his con­stant com­pan­ion and a lov­ing and loyal friend. They share ad­ven­tures but, more im­por­tantly, they are al­ways there for each other.

So why we keep ask­ing, do we have so many black and white or just black cats in our care?

OK, so some of them are a lit­tle older, but they are all des­per­ate to find their for­ever homes.

If it is down to su­per­sti­tion, well, these are ob­vi­ously lucky cats be­cause they have ended up in our care and are ready for the good times.

Own­ing and car­ing for a cat is great fun and very re­ward­ing, but it is also a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and a long-term com­mit­ment in terms of care and fi­nances.

If you own a cat you are re­quired by law to care for it prop­erly. Cats have an av­er­age life span of 16 years and be­yond and should be part of the fam­ily; you should be com­mit­ted to in­volv­ing them in all life change that can oc­cur in this time such as mov­ing home, hav­ing a fam­ily and changes in per­sonal cir­cum­stance.

We carry out a home-visit prior to adoption and in some cases sug­gest mi­nor changes that help en­sure your home is as pet friendly as pos­si­ble.

We’ll also call or visit af­ter­wards to make sure you and your new pet are ad­just­ing well to your new life to­gether.

All of our an­i­mals have a health check, are neutered and mi­crochipped be­fore leav­ing our care.

Monty is a three-year-old male. He came into our care as a very scared cat. We have no his­tory of his past other than that his owner passed away, but why he is so fear­ful of peo­ple we just don’t know. Monty needs an ex­pe­ri­enced cat owner who has lots of time to spend with him to help win his trust and con­tinue with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and just help­ing him to be­come a con­fi­dent cat. Now that he has stopped run­ning away from us we are try­ing to get him to take treats from our hands. This is very slow progress.

Ini­tially Monty is go­ing to be a chal­lenge to the per­son who takes him on but he will be worth it and once you have gained his trust the re­wards will just keep com­ing.

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to Monty or any of the other cats and kit­tens we cur­rently have look­ing for a home for life then please call us

IT’S amaz­ing what can come to light after some­one dies. Muf­fin should know. After her owner died, she was found liv­ing in a field in Scot­land with seven­teen other dogs.

Dogs Trust at Hare­field took eight of them and called them The Teddy Bears be­cause they each looked like a cross be­tween a mastiff and a Ger­man Shep­herd dog.

That was a year ago and Muf­fin has come a long way since then. Liv­ing in a field isn’t ideal prepa­ra­tion for do­mes­tic life but since ar­riv­ing at on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk.

We also have many rab­bits, guinea pigs and other small furry pets look­ing for a home.

To view some of the many pets we have look­ing for new homes you can visit our web­site at: www.rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk

So re­mem­ber...Be like Pat and it could be your lucky day! Dogs Trust, Muf­fin has made ex­cel­lent progress. She is still ner­vous but has bonded with her carer and eats out of her hand. She is gen­tle and is learn­ing to play.

Muf­fin needs all her train­ing and is look­ing for a home in a quiet house­hold where they will un­der­stand that she will need time to build her con­fi­dence. If this could be with you, Muf­fin is wait­ing at Dogs Trust, Hare­field.

In or­der to guard against dogs be­ing ner­vous as adults, it is im­por­tant they are well so­cialised dur­ing their first year of life, par­tic­u­larly be­tween

three and twelve weeks old. They need to meet a wide va­ri­ety of peo­ple, sit­u­a­tions and other an­i­mals. They also need to get used to the sound of nor­mal house­hold ap­pli­ances.

For more in­for­ma­tion on so­cial­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing with re­gard to vac­ci­na­tion, go to dogstrust.org.uk and search so­cial­i­sa­tion.

Here are two op­por­tu­ni­ties to get a taste of fresh air. Firstly Dogs Trust’s Fun Day is ap­proach­ing on Sun­day June 5. Put the date in your diary and I’ll give de­tails nearer the time.

But, be­fore then, you can also en­joy a day in the coun­try­side at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust’s open day on Mon­day May 2 (11am-3pm).

There will be stalls, a fun dog show and you can see how clever your dog is in their dog agility.

You are also wel­come to look round the cen­tre and meet the dogs, cats, rab­bits and guinea pigs need­ing homes. The open day is at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust Re­hom­ing Cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford-by-pass WD25 8WT.

n MAIL BOND­ING: Post­man Pat and his black and white cat

n SWEETIE: Muf­fin was found in a field

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