An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

WE’VE all got scars of some sort, ex­cept some are more vis­i­ble than oth­ers. Elvis looks as though he’s fought a few bat­tles in the past – not sur­pris­ing as he was found as a stray on the streets of Brix­ton where, in or­der to sur­vive, he prob­a­bly quickly learnt to de­fend him­self.

He’s been a res­i­dent at Bat­tersea for two weeks now and staff say he gob­bles up food as though there’s no tomorrow. Although he can be a bit wor­ried, he loves a fuss and head-butts you for at­ten­tion.

If you’re able to of­fer this boy shel­ter from Lon­don streets, call 0843 509 4444 or see him at Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home, 4 Bat­tersea Park Road.

In the mu­si­cal Les Misérables, Épo­nine knew about the per­ils of street life.

Sa­man­tha Barks, the ac­tress who has played Épo­nine in both the stage and 2012 film ver­sion, is a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Bat­tersea and is ap­peal­ing for more fos­ter car­ers to help their vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals.

The ac­tress has, her­self, fos­tered Bat­tersea’s dogs who need time away from ken­nels.

Last year, vol­un­teer fos­ter car­ers helped 597 dogs, but more car­ers are needed.

Bat­tersea is look­ing for fos­ter car­ers with com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy who have time to be a full-time carer.

They should prefer­ably have ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with dogs and en­thu­si­asm for train­ing and be­havioural work.

Any chil­dren should be over ten years old.

Fos­ter car­ers need to live within two hours jour­ney time of one of Bat­tersea’s three sites in Lon­don, Old Wind­sor or Brands Hatch as they may have to travel to those sites for med­i­cal and re­hom­ing meet­ings.

If your ex­pe­ri­ence is with cats rather than dogs, Bat­tersea also want fos­ter homes for cats/kit­tens.

In re­turn, fos­ter car­ers get train­ing in dog /cat be­hav­iour, reg­u­lar con­tact with Bat­tersea’s vol­un­teer team and knowl­edge they are help­ing some of Lon­don’s most vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals – and help­ing their scars heal.

If you are in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing, see de­tails at bat­tersea.org.uk.

If you have got scars that need heal­ing, a sooth­ing visit to Kew Mid­sum­mer Fete on Satur­day June 18 (11am to 6pm) could be in or­der.

Whilst there, look out for Houn­slow An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety who will be among 110 stall­hold­ers at­tend­ing this pop­u­lar event.

Tak­ing place on Kew Green, near the Thames, it sounds rather idyl­lic.

n LOVES A FUSS: Elvis

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