An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

Walk­ing up Tot­ten­ham Court Road re­cently, you would have been for­given for won­der­ing what was go­ing on. For there, in the win­dows of many of the shops such as Heal’s and DFS were home­less dogs stretched out on the so­fas and ly­ing on the rugs – to­gether with their han­dler from Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Bat­tersea had teamed up with Tot­ten­ham Court Road re­tail­ers to show­case 10 dogs need­ing a home, one in each shop win­dow, and to re­mind passersby of the ben­e­fits of bring­ing home a res­cue dog.

For many of the dogs it was an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy time out from their ken­nels and show how eas­ily they could fit into their new owner’s home. This was a bril­liant idea but Bat­tersea has more new ideas up their sleeve.

Be­fore we find out about them, let’s look at one of Bat­tersea’s dogs who cur­rently needs a home, Cap­tain, a lurcher who came to Bat­tersea a month ago.

He is an ex-sport­ing dog who is not keen on ken­nels but loves be­ing with peo­ple.

He’s a young dog and is look- ing for own­ers to teach him some man­ners. If this could be you, Cap­tain is wait­ing at the re­hom­ing cen­tre at Bat­tersea Park Road.

An­other new idea that Bat­tersea has de­vel­oped takes place on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 7 (9.30am4pm).

Their first Pet Me­mory Walk is in­tended to help peo­ple cel­e­brate the life of a pet who, although they may no longer be with us, brought joy into their owner’s lives. Although it’s too late to reg­is­ter for the walk, we are still wel­come to go to Bat­tersea Park to sup­port the event and soak up the at­mos­phere. And, for those who haven’t been to Bat­tersea Park re­cently, it’s a fan­tas­tic place to spend an au­tumn af­ter­noon, with so much go­ing on there.

Yet an­other of Bat­tersea’s new ideas is their Bat­tersea Lates pro­gramme. The first event in this pro­gramme is their Cinema evening tak­ing place on Oc­to­ber 24/25 (6.45pm to 10.30pm) when they will be turn­ing the rail­way arches at the re­hom­ing cen­tre into a cinema for a screen­ing of Home­ward Bound.

Guests will be able to meet some of Bat­tersea’s res­i­dents and buy pizza and drinks. Tick­ets are £12 (in ad­vance only) from bat­tersea.org.uk.

In this week, when we’re think­ing of “firsts”, if there is some­one you want to ask for a first date and haven’t had the courage, this unique first evening of Bat­tersea Lates could be your op­por­tu­nity.

Meet lurcher Cap­tain

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