An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THIS col­umn is dif­fer­ent to usual. It’s in­spired by one of the sad­dest sights in Han­well – the re­cently boarded-up RSPCA an­i­mal clinic, now per­ma­nently closed.

Con­cerned about where an­i­mals that would have been taken there are get­ting treated, this col­umn fo­cuses on places where, if you are on ben­e­fits, you may be able to get re­duced cost ve­teri­nary care if your pet is sick.

All of the places men­tioned have el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria which must be met. If you find you don’t meet the cri­te­ria but have a sick pet and are short of money, it can be worth phon­ing pri­vate vets as their prices vary and also, if needed, they might be able to help with a pay­ment plan.

What does the RSPCA pro­vide?

The RSPCA’s Put­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal (6, Claren­don Drive, SW15 1AA Tel: 0300 1230716) pro­vides low cost ve­teri­nary ser­vices for com­pan­ion an­i­mals.

El­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria in­clude that you must be in re­ceipt of at least one state ben­e­fit from their list. You also need to live in their catch­ment area.

They are open 9am-5pm Mon­day to Fri­day for ap­point­ments. At other times, they are open for emer­gen­cies but please call be­fore at­tend­ing. The hos­pi­tal has a 24-hour tele­phone ad­vice ser­vice for cus­tomers.

Also or­gan­ised by the RSPCA, the Southall Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre (Bur­ket Close, Southall UB2 4JS. Tel: 0300 123 0746) has three clin­ics a week where, if you are el­i­gi­ble, they will see do­mes­tic pets by ap­point­ment. Since the clo­sure of the Han­well Clinic, fa­cil­i­ties at this cen­tre are be­ing ex­panded so that, in the New Year, it will fea­ture more highly in the port­fo­lio of ser­vices the RSPCA pro­vide.

The RSPCA Hilling­don Clinic (16, Cres­cent Pa­rade, Uxbridge Road, UB10 0LG) pro­vides help for sick an­i­mals by ap­point­ment. Call 01895 231 435 to see if you are el­i­gi­ble. They do not of­fer out-ofhours care. What does Blue Cross pro­vide? Blue Cross has an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal at Hammersmith (Ar­gyle Place, King Street, W6 0RQ Tel: 0300 777 1800) and Vic­to­ria (Shep­pard House, 1-5 Hugh Street SW1V 1QQ. Tel: 0300 777 1890). Again, el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria ap­ply in­clud­ing re­lat­ing to post­code and need­ing to be on a means-tested ben­e­fit from their list. If you are a new client, you can only reg­is­ter up to two pets at a Blue Cross hos­pi­tal or clinic. In an emer­gency, if you need out of hours care, it is pro­vided at the Vic­to­ria hos­pi­tal but you need to phone 0300 777 1890 first.

If you do not live in the catch­ment area of a Blue Cross hos­pi­tal but you’re on a state ben­e­fit that is on their list and your pet has an el­i­gi­ble health prob­lem, you might be en­ti­tled to a grant un­der their Ve­teri­nary Grant Scheme.

For de­tails con­tact vet­grant@ blue­cross.org.uk or 0300 777 1988 or see blue­cross.org.uk

What does the Peo­ple’s Dis­pen­sary for Sick An­i­mals (PDSA) pro­vide?

If you can af­ford in­sur­ance, the PDSA has an in­sur­ance scheme you could con­sider.

If you have a sick pet, and want help from the PDSA, they ad­vise you to ei­ther call their helpline on 0800 731 2502 or look up pdsa.org. uk to see what ser­vices are avail­able in your area. If there is no PDSA clinic near you, it is pos­si­ble they may have an ar­range­ment with a pri­vate vet who could help you or you may be el­i­gi­ble for a grant from their Pet Treat­ment Fund.

This col­umn has fo­cussed on where re­duced cost ve­teri­nary care is avail­able if your pet is sick. If your pet is not sick but needs free or re­duced cost neu­ter­ing, there are other or­gan­i­sa­tions who could help such as The May­hew An­i­mal Home (Tren­mar Gar­dens, NW10 6BJ. Tel: 020 8962 8000) or the C4 Cat Neu­ter­ing Scheme. See de­tails in my pre­vi­ous col­umn (Gazette 15 April).

Fi­nally, let’s turn to a cat who knows more than most about the al­ter­ations be­ing made to the RSPCA’s Southall Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre – his pen at the Cen­tre over­looks the work be­ing done.

Eli’s been at the res­cue home since April and he’s get­ting fed-up. The mo­ment I went in to see him, he came over to me and we watched the on­go­ing al­ter­ations to­gether.

He’s very friendly and although he can be cheeky at times, he’s only young and he’s been wait­ing for a home since April, so he’s bound to won­der if there’s more to life than this.

If you can home this stun­ning boy, you can meet him at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall.

n CHEEKY: Friendly boy Eli

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