All I want for Christ­mas...

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

WE wish you a merry Christ­mas……. Well. 2016 was an in­ter­est­ing year wasn’t it? Most of us didn’t see the political and eco­nomic cli­mate chang­ing as it did (a bet on a Trump vic­tory, Brexit and Le­ices­ter win­ning the Cham­pi­onship would have net­ted you over £5 mil­lion!) and it’s not been a great year for celebri­ties ei­ther.

We lost David Bowie, Alan Rick­man, Fidel Cas­tro, Muham­mad Ali, Harper Lee and Prince to name just a few. History will judge the so­cial and cultural im­pact they have made.

At RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Branch it has been a busy year but for­tu­nately, with­out the drama the rest of the world has seen. Our Pop Up shop in Ruis­lip has got off to a fly­ing start, our Wel­fare Team is back to full strength but it has ba­si­cally been busi­ness as usual. At the start of Novem­ber we had taken 427 an­i­mals into our care in­clud­ing 24 rats and a run­away tor­toise (we did man­age to get him back to his own­ers) and found homes for more than 390 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing 33 feral cats. A fur­ther 17 an­i­mals are in long term / per­ma­nent foster care. If the gloomy eco­nomic pre­dic­tions turn out to be true we ex­pect to be even busier in 2017 as pets ets are aban­doned or placed in our care as fam­i­lies strug­gle to make ends meet.

Or­chard is a do­mes­tic short haired, black and white cat and is con­stantly over­looked by po­ten­tial adopters for no rea­son we can see. He is just a soppy, lovely boy, a bit lazy but who cares? All he wants is a lov­ing home where he can be pam­pered and spoiled, maybe have a mooch around the gar­den when it’s not too cold and then back in for more tick­les.

He is a chatty chap and very af­fec­tion­ate, though he has his mo­ments when he just isn’t in­ter­ested – he will let you know. Or­chard re­ally en­joys com­pany and be­ing around you. He would suit an older fam­ily, cou­ple or sin­gle per­son and a fairly calm home. He could live with a cat that hasha a strong per­son­al­i­type but he needsn a gar­den. Or­chard has sent his let­ter to Santa – all he wants this yea year is a lovely new hom home and, as you can see he has packed his bags and is sit­ting ready to go! We re­ally hope that 2017 will be his year.

Re­mem­ber that a pet is a long term com­mit­ment and you should think long and hard be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions.

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to Or­chard or any of the small an­i­mals, cats and rab­bits we cur­rently have look­ing for a home for life then please call us on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rsp­camid­dle­

To view some of the many pets we have look­ing for new homes you can visit our web­site at: www.rspca-mid­dle­

Thank you for your help and support through­out 2016 and may we wish you a happy Christ­mas and a peace­ful and pros­per­ous new year.

SLEIGH TO GO: Or­chard chills out

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