How we find your per­fect match

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

HERE at RSPCA Hilling­don, as with all RSPCA branches, we are acutely aware of the im­por­tance of find­ing the right owner for each and ev­ery an­i­mal we re­home.

When an an­i­mal is left in our care, for what­ever rea­son, we take on re­spon­si­bil­ity for that an­i­mal’s future life and com­fort – it is a truly huge re­spon­si­bil­ity.

So how does the process work, and what jour­ney does the an­i­mal go on once he or she comes to us?

Each an­i­mal will re­ceive an im­me­di­ate vet­eri­nary con­sul­ta­tion and will then be found ac­com­mo­da­tion and will re­ceive hands-on care from our trained and ded­i­cated an­i­mal wel­fare staff.

Then there’s flea and worm­ing treat­ments and mi­crochip­ping if the an­i­mal hasn’t al­ready been mi­crochipped.

There are a series of as­sess­ments and dis­cus­sions about re­hom­ing, and then we will need to sort out pho­to­graphs and a fair and ac­cu­rate write-up so that we can ‘ad­ver­tise’ the an­i­mal on our web­site.

In­ter­ested par­ties must fill in an adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tion form and we then go through the forms to check that ev­ery­thing is in or­der.

If the de­tails sup­plied sug­gest a good match with a par­tic­u­lar an­i­mal, we’ll make a phone call and ar­range an ini­tial in­ter­view, so that we can find out more about what you’re look­ing for and what type of pet would suit your house­hold.

Then fol­lows a period of view­ing and time for bond­ing.

If you al­ready have a dog, you may need to bring your dog along to meet his or her po­ten­tial play­mate. All be­ing well, we will ar­range a home visit, where one of our vol­un­teers will travel to your home to make sure it’s a safe and ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment for the pet you are look­ing to adopt. All an­i­mals adopted from our branch must have been ster­ilised prior to re­hom­ing, so that may need to be ar­ranged.

The fi­nal re­hom­ing process with all the pa­per­work takes around an hour, in­clud­ing ad­vice about diet and in­for­ma­tion about pet in­sur­ance.

New own­ers re­ceive an adop­tion pack and, of course, we record ev­ery­thing dili­gently.

We’ll then make a fol­low up call after the adop­tion to check that the new fam­ily mem­ber has set­tled in, and to ans an­swer any ques­tions.

T This all takes a huge am amount of work from ou our team.

In De­cem­ber 2016 we re re­homed an as­ton­ish­ing 51 an­i­mals – a record m month. We are al­ways ke keen to hear from an any­one who is able to vo vol­un­teer some time to hel help. If you have a few spare hours each week and are able to com­mit, you could help us a great deal by co-or­di­nat­ing home vis­its or help­ing with ad­min­is­tra­tive work, for ex­am­ple.

Send an email to vol­un­teers@ rspc­ahilling­don­ uk to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est and we’ll send you a form to fill in.

Au­tumn the white kit­ten was found in Oc­to­ber all alone and look­ing very sorry for her­self.

A kind mem­ber of the pub­lic alerted us and after as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion we brought her into our cat­tery, where an ini­tial vet­eri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that she was deaf – an is­sue that is not un­com­mon among white cats.

Un­able to hear any­thing, and hav­ing been aban­doned, it is un­likely that she would have sur­vived if she had not been res­cued.

After a few weeks of TLC in our cat­tery, Au­tumn found her forever home over the Christ­mas period. We wish her ev­ery suc­cess and hap­pi­ness in her new home.

We have sev­eral gor­geous fe­lines in the cat­tery at the mo­ment.

Beau­ti­ful tor­toise­shell Moggy is a kind and laid-back lady whose favourite pas­time is cud­dling up in her comfy bed while watch­ing the world go by.

She is around eight years old and would pre­fer to be the only cat in the house­hold.

Moggy has come to us through no fault of her own and would re­ally love to find her forever home soon, so that she can get all the love and fuss she de­serves. Could you open up your home to Moggy?

Visit www. rspc­ahilling­don­ uk to view all of our an­i­mals and down­load an adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tion form.

In this cold weather, we are 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.

We are also ur­gently in need of kit­ten food, as we have a lot of young fe­line mouths to feed.

Thank you very much for your sup­port.

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