An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

KALEB has just heard there’s go­ing to be a party and he’s burst­ing to spread the news. He couldn’t wait to vol­un­teer to be in charge of send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions. Com­ing from a dog pound he hasn’t been to that many par­ties but, by all ac­counts, they sound fun.

First to get the call was Leo a friendly Staffie in a nearby ken­nel block. Al­though Leo’s wait­ing for a home, he’s a so­cia­ble guy and, if he’s lucky some­times a mem­ber of staff takes him home at night and they go to the pub to­gether in the evening, so a party is right up his street.

The good news is we’re all in­vited to the party. In or­der to cel­e­brate the Queen’s 90th birth­day and her love of dogs, the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) is hold­ing a tea party on Sun­day June 12 (11am-3pm). There will be a dog show and a prize for the best dressed guest.

No doubt Kaleb and Leo will have their eye on the cake. Kaleb is a young lurcher with lots of en­ergy. Leo is a staffie who was homed by NAWT in 2009 but due to chang­ing cir­cum­stances, came back to the re­hom­ing cen­tre in 2015.

Kaleb likes to keep his mind busy so, af­ter the phone calls, he’s go­ing to make a start on the writ­ten in­vi­ta­tions. He’s seen what a let­ter looks like be­cause he’s got one clipped to the out­side of his pen.

As part of their lit­er­acy lessons, a lo­cal pri­mary school asked NAWT if their chil­dren could write let­ters from the per­spec­tive of the an­i­mals to prospec­tive new own­ers.

The chil­dren aged six and seven wrote let­ters for 60 an­i­mals and these are now on dis­play in the ken­nels, cat­tery and rab­bit ar­eas.

The let­ters have de­vel­oped the chil­dren’s hand­writ­ing and lit­er­acy skills as well as en­cour­ag­ing them to em­pathise with the an­i­mals.

The man­ager of the cen­tre, Jackie De Friez will also visit the school to talk to the pupils.

The chil­dren are hop­ing that, when the an­i­mal is homed, they might re­ceive a re­sponse from the new own­ers.

If you would like to join the party or to meet Kaleb or Leo, NAWT is at Tyler’s Way, Wat­ford-by­pass, WD25 8WT.

n WELL HELLO: Kaleb the lurcher and Leo the staffie (in­set) in­vite you to the NAWT tea party

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