An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IF you would like to share your life with a cat but live in a flat and don’t have a gar­den, Hoot could be your boy – your big beau­ti­ful tabby boy. Hoot has the fe­line im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (FIV) which means he needs to be homed as an in­door cat. He is cur­rently in the care of the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) af­ter be­ing found as a stray last year. FIV is a vi­ral in­fec­tion that at­tacks a cat’s im­mune sys­tem. Al­though it may cause health prob­lems due to re­duced im­mu­nity, many cats live a rel­a­tively nor­mal life.

He cer­tainly didn’t look as though there was any­thing wrong with him when I sat in his pen with him to­day. He was more con­cerned with “Did I have any food and, if so, please could he have it now”.

Like many cats in res­cue cen­tres, he loved hav­ing some­one sit with him, just to keep him com­pany for a while. Hoot is look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced owner who has no other cats. If this could be you, this gor­geous boy is wait­ing for you at the NAWT re­hom­ing cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by­pass, WD25 8WT.

You can meet lots more of the an­i­mals at the cen­tre dur­ing their fan­tas­tic Christ­mas Bazaar on Sun­day Novem­ber 27 (11am-3pm). There will be stalls packed with good­ies as well as mince pies and mulled wine.

Ark’s An­i­mal Pet­ting Farm will be vis­it­ing and there will be a fun dog show. Car park­ing is lim­ited at the cen­tre so please park at the nearby Mer­cure Ho­tel.

Many read­ers want to help an­i­mals but are not in a po­si­tion to home one. If this could be you, there are other ways to help, for ex­am­ple, NAWT has just launched their Christ­mas Shoe Box Ap­peal. All you have to do is fill a shoe box or other con­tainer with food, toys or treats.

These boxes will then be shared amongst the an­i­mals at the cen­tre over Christ­mas.

You can make up a box for rab­bits, guinea pigs, cats or dogs or a mixed box. One of the best parts will be de­liv­er­ing it your­self to the re­hom­ing cen­tre (ad­dress above) and meet­ing the an­i­mals but, if you are un­able to do this, let me know at mar­ion@ gar­nett.on­line and I will en­deav­our to take it for you.

CHANCE TO HAVE A HOOT: This hand­some tabby named Hoot is an in­door cat

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