McDon­nell looks at Au­tumn place­ment

Shadow chan­cel­lor meets a spe­cial kit­ten at RSPCA

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A DEAF kit­ten in des­per­ate need of a lov­ing home was one of a num­ber of an­i­mals who greeted Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell when he vis­ited the Hilling­don, Slough, Windsor, Kingston & Dis­trict Branch of the RSPCA to help launch their Christ­mas ap­peal.

The Labour MP – who rep­re­sents Hayes and Har­ling­ton – was given a tour of the branch’s Hilling­don Clinic and nearby charity shop on Fri­day where he learned more about the vi­tal work done to help an­i­mals in the lo­cal area.

Irene Hans­ford, who is chair of the RSPCA branch, said she was pleased to have the chance to show­case the work they do as she ex­plained they need to raise more than £9,000 each month to carry out work at their busy clinic.

She said: “Mr McDon­nell joined us for a tour around the clinic and charity shop as he en­dorsed our Christ­mas ap­peal where we hope to raise money and en­cour­age dona­tions of food and bed­ding to help the an­i­mals in our care.

“He was very in­ter­ested in the fact lo­cal peo­ple who can­not af­ford pri­vate vet­eri­nary fees can ac­cess sub­sidised care for their pets.

“Our over­head costs are the same as same as a pri­vate prac­tice, but we only charge a frac­tion of the costs. This means we have to work very hard all year round to make sure we raise the money we need to carry out this work and are re­liant on reg­u­lar dona­tions and sup­port peo­ple.”

While vis­it­ing the clinic the par­lia­men­tar­ian learned more about the need for more vol­un­teers to help lend a hand and even met with a nine week old deaf kit­ten called Au­tumn who is look­ing for a lov­ing home where she can be kept in­side and safe from traffic.

Lit­tle Au­tumn, who was found dumped at just five weeks old, is one of more than 70 cats be­ing cared for by the branch who need homes.

John praised the work of staff and vol­un­teers at both the RSPCA in Hilling­don and across Eng­land and Wales and also agreed to work with the RSPCA on new pet sales and dog breed­ing laws, due to be agreed in 2017.

To help the Christ­mas ap­peal text HSWK16 from lo­cal fol­lowed by an amount to 70070 or phone 01895 833417. Dona­tions can also be made by vis­it­ing w w w. r s p c a h i l l i n g d o n clinic.org.uk

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