An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

NEO’S first port of call in the morn­ing is his foster carer’s lap where he sits while she eats her por­ridge. Mean­while, his sis­ter Holly mooches round the room say­ing ‘thanks for the of­fer, but I don’t need any­body’s lap’.

At the mo­ment, Houn­slow An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety (HAWS) have lots of kit­tens to choose from - big ones, small ones, bold ones, shy ones – but six-month-old Neo and Holly are for the cat con­nois­seur. Liv­ing in a shed un­til they were about six weeks old, they had lit­tle hu­man con­tact un­til they came into foster care. Con­se­quently, Holly is ner­vous of hu­mans – Holly is the shy one and Neo is the bold one.

Neo loves his foster carer to make a fuss of him and stroke him, whereas Holly is timid and dif­fi­cult to touch.

I had two cats like that once. The sis­ter (who we still have) is the friendli­est cat in the world, whereas her brother, who has died now, was a real scaredy cat – he was even scared of him­self.

But we adored him and the times when he did come to be stroked were spe­cial be­cause you re­alised what you had achieved in your re­la­tion­ship with him.

So, if you want a kit­ten that is to­tally gor­geous but is likely to be less com­pli­cated, have a look at the HAWS web­site (haws-an­i­ and choose one of the many stun­ning ones there wait­ing for a home. But, if you are pre­pared for the chal­lenge and re­wards of hom­ing a ner­vous cat, con­sider brave Neo and his shy sis­ter, Holly.

HAWS want to home them to­gether so that Holly can con­tinue to ben­e­fit from Neo’s con­fi­dence. You can con­tact HAWS on 020 8560 5443.

But be­fore you get a kit­ten of any sort, make sure you are pre­pared for the com­mit­ment in­volved.

Cats can live over 20 years and they de­serve to live in a happy home for the whole of their life and not be passed round un­nec­es­sar­ily as cir­cum­stances change.

Now, as promised, here are de­tails of the Dogs Trust Fun Day. This ma­jor event takes place on Sun­day June 5 (10.30am-4pm) at High­way Farm, Harvil Rd, Hare­field UB9 6JW. At­trac­tions in­clude gifts, crafts, chil­dren’s area and all day fun dog show.

n SIBLINGS: Holly (left) and Neo

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