Animal Res­cue

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS - with Mar­ion Gar­nett

TUCKED away in a cor­ner of the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre sit four cats with one thing in com­mon. They all came into the care of the RSPCA af­ter be­ing found in­jured, most likely by a road ac­ci­dent.

There’s Ste­vie with a frac­tured jaw, Har­ley with a frac­tured pelvis, Jamie who’s lost an eye and Juice who’s lost a leg.

Juice is one of the friendli­est cats I’ve met. Leg off, pro­tec­tive col­lar on, he couldn’t wait for me to sit down so he could hop onto my lap. If you want a friendly cat with three legs, rush down to the adop­tion cen­tre, be­fore some­one else snaps this sweet­heart up – but drive care­fully.

Bev Leavy, the cen­tre man­ager, says she has no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of cats ar­riv­ing there af­ter be­ing in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent.

Of­ten these cats are just found in­jured with the per­son who hit them not hav­ing done the de­cent thing and stopped. Take Juice, he was found in March, bleed­ing and in shock at the side of the busy Old Oak Lane at 8.30am.

Taken to the RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospi­tal, he was treated there for two weeks be­fore be­ing moved to the adop­tion cen­tre at Southall.

Im­me­di­ately they de­scribed him as a sweet gen­tle boy who needs love, talk­ing to and ear scratches, but af­ter he ar­rived, staff at Southall no­ticed his left back leg was not heal­ing and he was taken to Put­ney Animal Hospi­tal where, to­wards the end of April, his leg was am­pu­tated.

He is now back at Southall and heal­ing well. It’s been a long road to re­cov­ery for Juice, but he’s trav­el­ling well and is now ready for his new home. If you would like to meet him or Jamie, Har­ley and Ste­vie plus lots of cats who haven’t been in road ac­ci­dents, they are wait­ing for you at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.

The RSPCA have just res­cued an in­jured cat whose tail had to be am­pu­tated af­ter be­ing trapped in a care­lessly dis­carded baby gate. They re­mind us that un­wanted items can be dan­ger­ous to an­i­mals and we need to dis­pose of them prop­erly.

n FRIENDLY: Juice

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