An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THE May­hew An­i­mal Home is cel­e­brat­ing. They’ve just won the ti­tle An­i­mal Char­ity Team of the Year in the 2016 Pet­plan and As­so­ci­a­tion of Dogs and Cats Homes An­i­mal Char­ity Awards.

They com­peted against 6000 oth­ers and won – it’s a tremen­dous recog­ni­tion of their work in this coun­try and abroad.

But that’s not all, they are also cel­e­brat­ing their 130th birth­day and, as part of their cel­e­bra­tions, last week they opened an ex­ten­sion to their vet­eri­nary fa­cil­i­ties.

Opened by Louis Th­er­oux, their new fa­cil­i­ties in­clude two new op­er­at­ing the­atres, which will give them in­creased ca­pac­ity for free and low cost neu­ter­ing, com­mu­nity an­i­mal wel­fare pro­grammes and train­ing.

We are all in­vited to have a be­hind the scenes tour of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties at The May­hew’s Open Day on Sun­day May 22 (11am to 4pm).

There will be stalls, games and live mu­sic. There is also a cake com­pe­ti­tion whereby com­peti­tors bring a cake dec­o­rated with a May­hew theme. Judg­ing will be at 1pm with the prize be­ing af­ter­noon tea for two at Lan­caster Lon­don.

More de­tails from 020 8206 5872.

But not ev­ery­one at The May­hew is cel­e­brat­ing. Rama has put his cel­e­bra­tions on hold un­til he gets his new home.

Rama was brought to The May­hew as a stray and, since then, has been en­joy­ing him­self in foster care, but be­cause his foster carer was go­ing away, he is now back at The May­hew and he’s not happy.

His foster carer de­scribes him as funny and en­ter­tain­ing and as a cat who, af­ter not mak­ing a sound for months when he first ar­rived, now never stops ‘talk­ing’.

His foster carer says that when she is play­ing with him by throw­ing crunchies for him, she can direct him to missed crunchies by say­ing ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘good boy’ when he’s close to them - just like the hot and cold game.

Rama has been di­ag­nosed as hav­ing asthma, for which he takes a tablet hid­den in treats. Af­ter adop­tion, The May­hew will be will­ing to con­tinue to see Rama, for his asthma, in their clinic.

Rama would like to join the cel­e­bra­tions so if you are able to give him a lov­ing home, go and tell him at The May­hew, Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green or see de­tails at the­may­hew.org.

n ASTHMATIC: Rama

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