We’re full to the rafters with kit­tens

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

NO run at the inn! It’s OK, no need to panic! You did not sleep through the sum­mer and fast for­ward to Christ­mas, but it is true. We have no room. We’re full, rammed, stuffed – no mat­ter how you say it, there is no more space.

At the mo­ment we have 103 cats and kit­tens in our care, ei­ther at the cat­tery or in fos­ter homes, and we have even rented ex­tra pens but they still keep com­ing.

The real sad­ness is that most of these an­i­mals should not be here.

De­spite con­stant nag­ging, many cats are still not be­ing neutered by their own­ers, which leads to un­wanted lit­ters (which are often aban­doned or given away) which also go un-neutered and have un­wanted lit­ters and so on.

We also have stray an­i­mals that, if they were mi­crochipped, could be re­turned to their own­ers (as­sum­ing con­tact de­tails have been up­dated when they move home) who, no doubt, will be very up­set and miss them ter­ri­bly.

So, in short, what is known as ‘chip­ping and snip­ping’ your cat is a win/win strat­egy which will help us with fu­ture is­sues with space, stop un­wanted lit­ters and make sure stray an­i­mals get homes where they be­long.

Can you of­fer a lov­ing home to an an­i­mal that needs it? If you would like to give a pet a much-needed sec­ond chance, we would love to hear from you.

Many of the an­i­mals in our care have had a tough start, so it is very im­por­tant that their next home is the right home and a for­ever home.

Adopt­ing an an­i­mal re­quires mak­ing a long-term com­mit­ment to its wel­fare and means that you will need to en­sure you can pro­vide for all of your adopted pet’s needs.

When mak­ing your choice of pet you need to be pre­pared to look af­ter it through­out its life.

If you get a kit­ten, this could be 20 years or more and with a rab­bit it may be six years or more.

You also need to be ready for the un­ex­pected – what will you do if your pet is poorly for ex­am­ple.

Mod­ern vet­eri­nary care means that it is pos­si­ble to treat se­ri­ous in­juries and ill­nesses suc­cess­fully, but such treat­ment can be com­plex and ex­pen­sive.

In­sur­ing your pet will help with un­ex­pected bills.

If you have con­sid­ered these is­sues and would like to give one or more of the many an­i­mals in our care a home please, have a look at our web­site or Face­book pages for more in­for­ma­tion.

You can see more pic­tures and videos of the cats and kit­tens in our care on our Face­book page https:// www.face­book.com/RSPCAMNW

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to a rab­bit 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 info@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk.

n LOV­ING HOME: Some of the kit­tens ready to be re­housed

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