An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IT’S good news for all those, es­pe­cially sick an­i­mals, who’ve missed the Han­well RSPCA clinic since it closed down. The clinic at Southall has now re­opened.

Not only have the premises been ren­o­vated but the open­ing hours have been ex­tended. This clinic pro­vides sub­sidised ve­teri­nary care for an­i­mals owned by peo­ple who meet the RSPCA’s el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. These re­late, for ex­am­ple, to which ben­e­fit you are on and your post­code. To see the cri­te­ria go to rspca.org.uk and type Southall Cat­tery into the search box. If you want to see the vet, you must phone in ad­vance and make an ap­point­ment. The clinic is at Bur­ket Close, off Nor­wood Road, Southall UB2 4JS, tele­phone 0300 123 0746.

It was also good news for a grey­hound at Dogs Trust yes­ter­day. When I ar­rived, I had seen a grey­hound be­ing lov­ingly walked by a cou­ple. Then later, in re­cep­tion, I saw the lady bend down and qui­etly whis­per to the dog, be­fore she left “It’s go­ing to be a whole new ball game to­mor­row” – the grey­hound was off to her new home with the cou­ple the next day.

The burn­ing ques­tion for an­other hound is “when will it be a whole new ball game for me?” At present Mary, an ex-rac­ing grey­hound, is just get­ting used to play­ing games. When she was ini­tially as­sessed by Dogs Trust she had no idea what to do with a ten­nis ball but, as I found out in the court­yard, she is learn­ing quickly. Once she knows you, Mary en­joys a cud­dle and is suit­able for a first-time owner. She could live with an­other larger dog. You can meet this gor­geous girl at the Dogs Trust, Uxbridge.

I don’t know who it was who said ‘If my cat could wash my socks, I’d marry her’, but I know how they feel. There are sev­eral staffies (amongst oth­ers) I wouldn’t mind get­ting a Valen­tine card from.

But all is not lost, the National An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust is run­ning a Valen­tine Day’s Din­ner scheme whereby if you do­nate a din­ner for one of their un­wanted an­i­mals you re­ceive a Valen­tine card and a pic­ture of one of their an­i­mals.

You can do­nate by go­ing to www.just­giv­ing.com/NAWT or by tak­ing an item of an­i­mal food to the re­hom­ing cen­tre at Tylers Way, Wat­ford by­pass. When you do­nate, please state that it is for the an­i­mal’s Valen­tine Din­ner.

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

LEARN­ING TO PLAY: Mary the grey­hound

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