We’re really patching up Marley
Can you give an animal a loving home and a new start in life?
WE tend to think of charity shops as a modern phenomenon but you may be surprised to know that the first of what we recognise as a charity shop was opened by Oxfam in 1947 and amazingly it is stilltrading. There are in the region of 10,500 shops open for trade and they are staffed by an army of 217,000 volunteers who do a fantastic job sorting, steaming, pricing and selling stock as well as promoting the work of the charity.
All of the shops in RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch benefit from the amazing support of our volunteers but away from the shops we also have volunteers who support the branch and the animal welfare team with all sorts of administrative tasks, home visits, fostering and the million and one other tasks that need to be done.
As a charity we benefit from skills and enthusiasm our volunteers bring and, of course, it helps to keep our costs down so we can spend more on what we are here for which is caring for sick, abandoned and neglected animals in our area. So, what’s in it for you? Well firstly, and most importantly, you will be part of a cause you feel passionate about, which always feels great but on top of that most volunteers grow in confidence, enjoy meeting people, keep their minds and bodies active whilst learning new skills and it looks good on your CV. Oh yes… and it’s fun too! If you feel that you have something to offer drop in to your local shop and speak to the manager about possible vacancies or send an email to the address below.
Without our lovely volunteers we would not be able to support as many abandoned and neglected animals in our area. We recently took a rabbit known as Marley into our care. His fur was filthy, flea ridden and badly matted. His legs and feet were severely scalded with his own urine and he was in a pretty sorry state. The first job was to give him a pretty drastic haircut so that we could see what needed to be done next. Marley has been very brave and has been taking his medicine without fuss. He is doing well and his fur is growing back although it is best described as “a crazy patchwork”! You can see more pictures of Marley on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ RSPCAMNW If you think you could offer a forever home to a rabbit like Marley or any of the other small animals and cats we currently have looking for a home for life then please call us on 020 8966 9688 or email us at: email@example.com. To view some of the many pets we have looking for homes, visit www. rspca-middlesex.org.uk where you will also find more information about the work we do.
n MOTLEY BUNNY: Marley’s fur had to be severely cut as it was so dirty and matted when he was rescued