An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS - Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

AT­TRACT­ING peo­ple’s at­ten­tion can be dif­fi­cult.

I re­cently wit­nessed some­one com­pletely miss a Red Ar­rows dis­play that was tak­ing place in the dis­tance be­cause they were so en­grossed in look­ing at their phone. There they were, nine Red Ar­rows puff­ing out red, white and blue smoke and draw­ing a huge heart, at speed, in the sky – not even no­ticed by at least one per­son.

Cats Pro­tec­tion has been work­ing hard to get peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

Through Septem­ber, you couldn’t help but see their posters when you sur­faced at West­min­ster Un­der­ground. Their cam­paign, called 2022 Agenda for Cats, is to high­light ten ob­jec- tives they want the gov­ern­ment to achieve over the next five years. These in­clude mak­ing the mi­crochip­ping of owned cats com­pul­sory and en­sur­ing that all hous­ing providers have pet poli­cies in place which fa­cil­i­tate peo­ple be­ing able to keep pets, in­clud­ing cats, thus re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of pets hav­ing to be given up when peo­ple move. This is­sue is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as fewer peo­ple are now own­ing their own homes. To find out more about these is­sues, email ad­vo­cacy@cats.org.uk or see cats.org.uk.

In­tro­duc­ing such leg­is­la­tion will, hope­fully, re­duce the mas­sive num­ber of stray and un­wanted cats.

Muf­fin at May­hew knows first-hand what it’s like to be a stray. She was dis­cov­ered liv­ing with her broth­ers and sis­ters on Lon- don’s streets.

Ini­tially she was shy so was taken to live with one of May­hew’s fos­ter car­ers af­ter which she came back hap­pier, play­ful and look­ing for an adopter who will con­tinue her so­cial­i­sa­tion. Muf­fin can be homed ei­ther on her own or with her brother, Sausage. You can meet Muf­fin at May­hew, Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green or see de­tails at the­may­hew.org.

May­hew has two fundrais­ing events tak­ing place soon. A dog walk on Sun­day, start­ing at Hamp­stead Heath Band­stand at 11.30am. You can ei­ther be spon­sored or just en­joy a 3km or 5km walk. Call 020 8206 5872 or email events@may­he­wan­i­mal­home.org to reg­is­ter.

And on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 15, the char­ity is hold­ing an Evening for May­hew In­ter­na­tional at Burgh House, Hamp­stead Heath. This will high­light their work in In­dia, Ge­or­gia, Rus­sia and Afghanistan.

Ac­tor Peter Egan will host the evening and en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by The Hay­wood Sis­ters. Tick­ets cost £15 and can be pur­chased from the­may­hew.org.

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