An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

YET again the first week­end in Septem­ber de­liv­ers. There’s no less than three ma­jor an­i­mal wel­fare events to choose from.

Let’s start with the event Lit­tle Mo will be most in­ter­ested in - the Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home An­nual Re­union and Fun Day on Sun­day Septem­ber 4 (11am to 4.30pm) tak­ing place in Bat­tersea Park. If you’ve for­got­ten how stun­ning Lon­don parks are, this could be the week­end to re­mind your­self. Open to all, not just those who have re­homed a Bat­tersea dog, the re­union fea­tures a fun fair, stalls and dog show. Lit­tle Mo might well hope that, next year, she might be at­tend­ing as a pre­vi­ous Bat­tersea dog rather than, as she is now, a cur­rent res­i­dent. This Jack Rus­sell Ter­rier came into the cen­tre as she didn’t get on well with the fam­ily’s baby.

She loves wa­ter and adores dig­ging in a pad­dling pool – the Re­union Day nor­mally has lots of pools around. She can be con­trol­ling around other dogs so will need own­ers will­ing to work on her so­cial­i­sa­tion. If you’re in­ter­ested in hom­ing Lit­tle Mo you can meet her at Bat­tersea’s

re­hom­ing cen­tre on Bat­tersea Park Road or call 0843 509 4444.

Tak­ing place the day be­fore on Satur­day Septem­ber 3 (10am to 5pm) in the won­der­ful lo­ca­tion of Prim­rose Hill is the Pup Aid Fun Dog Show. Pup Aid was started by tele­vi­sion vet Marc Abra­ham and is sup­ported by celebri­ties such as Ricky Ger­vais.

It cam­paigns to bring an end to the cruel prac­tice of puppy farm­ing which is the mass com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of pup­pies purely for profit with­out any thought to the wel­fare of the pups and their par­ents.

Usu­ally kept in hor­rific con­di­tions pup­pies, (who are of­ten un­well), are fre­quently sent long dis­tances for sale through pet shops, pri­vate dealers and web­sites. If you are get­ting a puppy, ways to avoid sup­port­ing this trade in­clude al­ways ask­ing to see the puppy with its mother and al­ways mak­ing sure you see the puppy in its breed­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Al­ter­na­tively, get a puppy from a res­cue cen­tre which is a reg­is­tered char­ity.

Fi­nally, the third event tak­ing place that week­end is the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust’s Sum­mer Open Day on Septem­ber 4 (11am to 3pm) at Tylers Way, Wat­ford by-pass. De­tails to fol­low next week.

n SHOW­TIME: Lit­tle Mo, from Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home

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