An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

SOME­ONE should tell Kew Gar­dens, a new species of tree has been dis­cov­ered in Southall.

It’s a small spec­i­men with low branches bear­ing unique green leaves. On each of the leaves there’s a pic­ture of a cat, a name and a date. The tree has taken root in the grounds of the RSPCA Cat Adoption Cen­tre and has been called the Re­hom­ing Tree. Ev­ery time a cat is re­homed, the cat’s photo, name and date of re­hom­ing are put on a green leaf which is hung on the tree.

In the case of the re­hom­ing tree, the more leaves there are the bet­ter but, in some cases, “more” is not nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter. And no one knows this more than the RSPCA.

They are of­ten the char­ity that is asked to help when peo­ple have more an­i­mals than they can look af­ter prop­erly.

In or­der to help ad­dress this prob­lem in re­la­tion to cats, the RSPCA has formed a Mul­ti­cat In­ter­ven­tion Team con­sist­ing of RSPCA In­spec­tors and veterinary staff from their London hos­pi­tals.

The team works with house­holds who have more than two cats who are strug­gling to look af­ter them all. This may mean, for ex­am­ple, they have five cats or more than 75 cats.

With the owner’s agree­ment, a small team goes into the home, checks over all the cats, mi­crochips them and neuters all the fe­males. In­for­ma­tion is col­lected about how many cats there are, how many are breed­ing and any ill­nesses.

If any of the cats are sick, the RSPCA dis­cuss ap­pro­pri­ate op­tions with the owner. Any veterinary in­for­ma­tion is recorded and kept con­fi­den­tial. The team then re­vis­its the house­hold two months later to check on the cats again.

If you know any­one in a mul­ti­cat house­hold who is strug­gling with cat care who would ap­pre­ci­ate a (non-judge­men­tal) visit from this team, you can get more de­tails from the RSPCA clinic at Bur­ket Close, Southall or call 0300 123 0746 op­tion 3.

Mean­while, in an­other part of the Southall RSPCA Cen­tre, Jinx is wait­ing for her new home. She came into the care of the RSPCA af­ter her owner passed away.

She is used to spend­ing most of her time in­doors. She loves to play and is look­ing for an adult-only house­hold.

If you would like to home this beau­ti­ful girl, you can meet her at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall.

And, when she is homed, a new leaf will ap pear on the re­hom­ing tree.

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