Chillax and cud­dle up

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

WITH ev­ery­one in hol­i­day mood the un­wanted an­i­mals are be­gin­ning to hit the Hilling­don Clinic thick and fast. We are shoul­der­ing a £200k loss at clinic so any help our lo­cal community can of­fer us with re­gard to an­i­mal food – par­tic­u­larly kit­ten – qual­ity un­wanted saleable fur­ni­ture and goods, fundrais­ing ideas and vol­un­teers has never been so wel­come as now.

This lo­cal clinic res­cu­ing an­i­mals since World War II se­ri­ously needs our community’s sup­port to be able to keep on car­ing.

Please don’t al­low your cat to add to our na­tion’s shame by re­main­ing un-neutered. If fi­nance is a prob­lem we may be able to help.

With nearly 50 kit­tens in our care we must ask our­selves if we will find 50 for­ever homes.

Please make sure cats as well as dogs are mi­crochipped – our clinic has on­go­ing spe­cial prices – but it is also a good idea to make sure your cat has a col­lar and disc on as well.

Cat col­lars must be the safe “snap apart” type. Many cats are found with dif­fi­cult to treat col­lar wounds hav­ing got their leg caught in their elas­tic col­lar.

There are many tempt­ingly beau­ti­ful dog and cat col­lars for sale, these are not al­ways friendly or kind to our pets. Many we see when we are on hol­i­day. Al­ways check cat

SPEND­ING time with Pinky and Perky is like watch­ing syn­chro­nised swim­ming. Heads turn in uni­son. Bod­ies curl to­gether. But they don’t do ev­ery­thing si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

If there’s any­thing to ex­plore, Perky goes first and Pinky follows be­hind, once she knows it’s safe – sen­si­ble girl.

This brother and sis­ter, now nearly five months old, came into the care of the RSPCA as semi-feral kit­tens in late March.

Reg­u­lar read­ers will know that be­tween two and eight weeks of age is a cru­cial time in the de­vel­op­ment of a kit­ten with re­gard to how well so­cialised they are likely to be as adults.

By the time Pinky and Perky came into care, they had missed out on so­cial­i­sa­tion ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing their early weeks, but the RSPCA has worked hard to make use of any win­dow of op­por­tu­nity left.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the cat adop­tion cen­tre, they spent two weeks being fos­tered in a home where they had pos­i­tive con­tact with older chil­dren, dogs and cats. col­lars are snap apart and check the in­side of the col­lar to check there are no sharp edges hold­ing in ‘jew­els.’ Dog col­lars are pos­si­bly the worst with “glitz” col­lars being

This helped them get used to being with people and other an­i­mals, as well as be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with nor­mal house­hold ac­tiv­i­ties.

But they are still timid and the RSPCA is look­ing for an in­door home for Pinky and Perky where the owner un­der­stands they will take time to set­tle.

If this could be with you, come and meet these two beau­ti­ful tabby cats at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall.

The adop­tion cen­tre des­per­ately needs more vol­un­teers, par­tic­u­larly for sit­ting with shy kit­tens.

It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to kit­tens, like Pinky and Perky, if some­one spends time with them.

If you have time to spare and would like to make a real dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of life for the cats and kit­tens at the adop­tion cen­tre, ei­ther call into the cen­tre or phone 0300 123 0746 for a vol­un­teer application form.

Al­ter­na­tively, if you want to do a dif­fer­ent sort of vol­un­teer­ing, the RSPCA is look­ing for vol­un­teer drivers to take wildlife and small do­mes­tic an­i­mals such as rab­bits to heavy and with metal fas­ten­ings in­side the col­lar can cause rub­bing on sen­si­tive necks!

Look­ing for a home

Chillax – male cat, four years old – has been with us for quite a while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for a se­ri­ous ab­scess. The wound is all healed now and this lovely boy has had enough of the cat­tery and would re­ally like to be set­tled and loved in a new home. He is such a purry boy who loves a fuss and is very much a lap cat. The scratch­ing post is a favourite for play and stretch­ing his legs. If you can of­fer Chillax all the love and pam­per­ing he is look­ing for, please get in touch.

Daisy – fe­male lop rab­bit, three years old. Daisy came into us when her own­ers no longer wanted her. She is a lovely rab­bit, al­though a lit­tle feisty at times. she would ben­e­fit from hav­ing a home with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with rab­bits.

All rab­bits re­quire a spa­cious hutch and a gen­er­ous sized run with plenty of room to play, stretch and ex­er­cise as well as a healthy and nutri­tious diet to help them thrive.

Not for­get­ting of course, the al­limpor­tant love and at­ten­tion of their hu­man family. If you are in­ter­ested in adopt­ing Daisy, or any of the other lovely rab­bits cur­rently in our care, please do con­tact us. re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­hom­ing cen­tres.

Drivers should be over 21 with a clean driv­ing li­cence and be avail­able dur­ing the week.

It would be prefer­able if drivers lived within a rea­son­able dis­tance of Put­ney An­i­mal Hospital.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer driver, should email amy.zivi­lik@rspca.org. uk for de­tails.

n IN UNI­SON: Pinky and Perky

n LOP WITH A HOP: Daisy

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