An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GARNETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - Animal Matters -

WHAT do we do to make strangers feel wel­come in our home?

We could take a cue from some of the an­i­mals in a re­hom­ing Cen­tre. The first thing Betty Boo did when I ar­rived at her pen at the Adop­tion Cen­tre was to get up to meet me. Af­ter that, she gave me her un­di­vided at­ten­tion and could not have been friend­lier. She also had the con­sid­er­a­tion to check out my hand­bag to see if there was any food that needed stor­ing in a safer place.

When beau­ti­ful Betty Boo ar­rived into the care of the RSPCA in April she was a stray with a wound on her back but this has healed well and she is now wait­ing to be of­fered a home, where she will make a won­der­ful pet. If you would like Betty Boo to wel­come your guests, you can meet her at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall. We sat to­gether for a while, in her pen, while I wrote this. It was a sunny day and when I re­turned to the car it was bak­ing hot.

And that is just what hap­pens to a car when it’s warm. It be­comes like an oven. This can hap­pen very quickly even when the weather doesn’t feel that hot. Last year one man mis­judged the weather when he left three dogs in a car in Peter­bor­ough. When he re­turned two dogs had died and the third was dy­ing. It was a les­son learnt the hard way, to never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day even if the win­dows are left open or the car is in the shade.

If we see a dog in a car on a warm day, the RSPCA ad­vise that we should call 999.

If the dog is out­side a shop we could ask the shop to make an an­nounce­ment for the car owner. If the sit­u­a­tion be­comes crit­i­cal and the po­lice are too far away, many peo­ple’s in­stinct will be to break into the car to free the dog.

If we de­cide to do this, we need to be aware that, with­out proper jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, this could be classed as crim­i­nal dam­age and we may need to de­fend our ac­tions in court. We must make sure we tell the po­lice what we in­tend to do, why and take im­ages of the dog and the names and num­bers of wit­nesses.

Just doin’ the do: Betty Boo

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