An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

THERE’S a big rusty hole in the shed at the end of our gar­den, so we need to watch out.

Houn­slow An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety (HAWS) have lost count of the num­ber of stray moth­ers and kit­tens they have re­cently picked up from sheds. HAWS are ex­perts on beds in sheds. They know these stray fe­line mums look for some­where to have their ba­bies and, if there is ac­cess to a shed and shel­ter, it can be­come their ma­ter­nity unit.

As usual HAWS, and other an­i­mal res­cue groups, are in­un­dated with re­quests for help with such strays. An­gel and her four gor­geous kit­tens were picked up from a shed this morn­ing and taken into foster care.

In or­der to re­duce the num­ber of stray an­i­mals, neu­ter­ing is vi­tal. This can be done pri­vately but, if money is scarce, here is an up­date on places where free and low-cost neu­ter­ing is avail­able. Please share this in­for­ma­tion widely.

May­hew of­fer a range of free and low-cost neu­ter­ing at their­clinic. Staff will neuter bull breed dogs free. To book an ap­point­ment call 020 8962 8017. If no re­ply, leave a mes­sage. Al­terna- tively, email vet­clinic@may­he­wan­i­mal­home.org. May­hew is at Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green.

The Lon­don Cat Care and Con­trol Con­sor­tium (C4) of­fer free neu­ter­ing of cats sub­ject to el­i­gi­bil­ity. Go to www.cats.org. uk/c4 – if you live in the re­quired area and have been feed­ing a stray at least 14 days, the cat can be neutered un­der the scheme.

Dogs Trust of­fer low-cost neu­ter­ing if you live in the Lon­don bor­oughs and meet their el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. Go to dogstrust.org. uk and type low cost neu­ter­ing into the search box or call their neu­ter­ing hot­line on 0333 2021148.

The RSPCA of­fer sub­sidised neu­ter­ing in their clinic at Bur­ket Close, Southall. For el­i­gi­bil­ity, go to rspca.org.uk and type southall clinic into the search box or call 0300 123 0746.

If you meet their el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, Blue Cross of­fer neu­ter­ing in ex­change for a con­tri­bu­tion. Call 0300 777 1800 for their hospi­tal in Ham­mer­smith.

Mean­while, if you can home any of the cats or kit­tens in HAWS care in­clud­ing An­gel and any of her lit­tle fam­ily, see haws-an­i­mals.org.uk or call 020 8560 5443.

Two of An­gel’s sweet kit­tens

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