Cheeky, cheer­ful, friendly and fun

Can you give an an­i­mal a lov­ing home and a new start in life?

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

EN­CHANT­ING black cats are not just for Hal­lowe’en They say that ev­ery dog has his day. Well, so does ev­ery cat, and when you’re a black cat, that day has to be Hal­lowe’en. As this year’s spook­fest creeps ever closer, it’s time to cel­e­brate the black cat in all his or her glory.

Un­fairly per­se­cuted through­out his­tory for be­ing sup­pos­edly un­lucky, the black cat pops up reg­u­larly in lit­er­a­ture, film and pop­u­lar cul­ture, from Edgar Allen Poe to Sab­rina the Teenage Witch. Who could fail to be en­tranced by Gob­bolino, the Witch’s Cat from the chil­dren’s books by Ur­sula Mo­ray Wil­liams; or Slinky Malinki in the poem by Lyn­ley Dodd, ‘a stalk­ing and lurking ad­ven­tur­ous cat’; or, the fe­line char­ac­ter in the 1934 film ‘The Black Cat’ who starred along­side Boris Karloff and Béla Lu­gosi?

These days, we tend to see black cats as bring­ing good luck. How­ever, although an­i­mal shel­ters are full of black cats, they are less in de­mand than other colours and typ­i­cally take longer to find their for­ever homes.

We have sev­eral black beau­ties in RSPCA care at the mo­ment who are avail­able for adop­tion. All have the po­ten­tial to be­come cher­ished fam­ily pets. Visit www. rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org.uk to view all of our an­i­mals and down­load an Adop­tion Ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Mov­ing on to dogs, now, and one lit­tle chap in par­tic­u­lar. Three year old Jake is a very hand­some Shih Tzu cross who seems to have rather been passed from pil­lar to post in his short life­time. He gets on well with other dogs and cats, but can be a lit­tle wary when meet­ing new hu­mans. We are there­fore look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced home with­out young chil­dren, where Jake can be helped to re-build his trust in peo­ple. This lit­tle guy has a great char­ac­ter, and just needs the chance to set­tle into a sta­ble and lov­ing home that re­ally will be for­ever this time. If you can help Jake un­der­stand how good life can re­ally be, please get in touch.

Over in the cat­tery, we have Sally Iver. We’ve men­tioned her be­fore, but sadly no one has come for­ward to adopt her, and she is still with us six months later. Sally is a gor­geous girl who was brought to us by one our In­spec­tors, suf­fer­ing from sev­eral in­juries. With treat­ment and lots of TLC we’re de­lighted to say she has now made a full re­cov­ery. She is a fairly quiet girl who loves hu­man at­ten­tion and fuss and would pre­fer to live in a home with­out any other pets, or chil­dren un­der the age of eight. Sally has long hair which will need reg­u­lar groom­ing to keep this pretty cat in tip-top con­di­tion. Can you make Sally’s dreams come true? Down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form from www.rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org.uk.

We would be grate­ful for any do­na­tions of old sheets and blan­kets to use for bed­ding for the an­i­mals. These can be brought into our Clinic at 16 Cres­cent Pa­rade, Hilling­don UB10 0LG.

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