An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Harefield Gazette - - Animal Matters -

ONE of our neigh­bours has been busy re­cently.

And, when we saw what they had done, we couldn’t be­lieve our eyes – and nether could our cat who loves their gar­den.

They had cre­ated a beau­ti­ful path, framed by stones, start­ing at the fence di­vid­ing our two gar­dens and lead­ing into their gar­den. The path starts at the only place in the fence where the cat can squeeze un­der­neath - the path in­vites him in and he loves it.

A story emerged last month of two neigh­bours whose gar­dens were di­vided by close boarded fenc­ing. One had a Ger­man Shep­herd dog who kept jump­ing up to look over the fence and see into the other gar­den. Each time the dog jumped, he could only catch a fleet­ing glimpse of the gar­den.

So, the other neigh­bour cut two eye holes and a hole big enough for the dog’s large pointy nose, lower down the fence, en­abling the dog to peer in when­ever he wanted.

We hear a lot about neigh­bours who don’t like an­i­mals but I’d love to hear your sto­ries about how your neigh­bour has been par­tic­u­larly kind to your pet. Have they gone out of their way to make your pet feel wel­come? Do let me know at mar­ion@gar­nett.on­line

Feel­ing wel­come is im­por­tant. The wel­come th­ese kit­tens had into the world was to be born to a mother who had nowhere to give birth ex­cept un­der a bush in a gar­den. For­tu­nately for them, Houn­slow An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety (HAWS) picked them up when they were nine days old and took them into fos­ter care. Mum is timid but the kit­tens are very friendly and should be homed in pairs.

Bella (tabby) is the small­est, Lola (white) be­haves like a diva, Luna (black and white) has slightly fluffy fur and Smudge (black and white) is the only boy. If you could wel­come two of th­ese kit­tens into your life, call HAWS on 020 8560 5443.

If you would like to be made wel­come some­where, the Cats Pro­tec­tion Shop on Pit­shanger Lane W5 is des­per­ate for vol­un­teers. The shop has re­cently had a makeover and is now called Cat­ti­tude Bou­tique sell­ing pre­dom­i­nantly ladies cloth­ing. Vol­un­teers are wanted for week­days with times worked be­ing flex­i­ble. Young peo­ple, over 14 years, want­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence are also in­cluded in the in­vi­ta­tion to ap­ply. If you can help, please call into the shop or phone 020 8998 3940.

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION

GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

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