An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

THERE are not many cafés where you can eat your jacket potato sur­rounded by more than 40 dogs, 90 cats/kit­tens and a se­lec­tion of rab­bits, guinea pigs, ger­bils, ham­sters and bearded drag­ons, but if this is your dream, one such café has just opened at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) re­hom­ing cen­tre.

All vis­i­tors are wel­come, in­clud­ing those who just want to have cof­fee or lunch, as well as those who want to re­home an an­i­mal.

So if you are look­ing for a unique place to meet your friends, do pay the new Cot­ton­tails Café a visit – it is open ev­ery day from 11am to 3pm.

As well as wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to eat there, NAWT also wel­come vol­un­teers to help in the café. I helped there last week and one of the best parts was be­ing able to spend the whole day next door to the lurcher Kaleb, a big boy who has man­aged to bag him­self the ken­nel next to the café.

He has been wait­ing over two years for a home so he de­serves some spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion. He watched in­tently as the menu was fixed on the café door. No need to feel guilty here about eat­ing in front of the an­i­mals as NAWT im­ple­ment the Open Paw pro­gramme of care so, when you look round the dogs and cats, you can feed them from the pots of kib­ble out­side their pens.

Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to feed the an­i­mals (as long as it’s from their daily al­lowance).

If you think help­ing in the café could be your cup of tea, email the cen­tre man­ager Jackie De Friez on j.de­friez@nawt.org.uk.

Two of the rab­bits cur­rently wait­ing at the cen­tre for a home are Bai­ley and Ruby. These neutered mini-lop rab­bits came into the care of NAWT as their pre­vi­ous own­ers were mov­ing and were un­able to take them with them.

Just as NAWT has en­joyed cre­at­ing a café from one of their out­build­ings, so hope­fully those who own rab­bits will en­joy cre­at­ing safe, com­fort­able, imag­i­na­tive liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for them.

Re­mem­ber the say­ing of the Rab­bit Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion and Fund (RWAF) – “A hutch is not enough”. Rab­bits need space to run, jump, dig and stand fully up­right on their back legs.

You can see creative ex­am­ples of rab­bit ac­com­mo­da­tion at rab­bitwel­fare.co.uk.

You can also see ideas there of what rab­bits would like on their lunch menu.

If you’re in­ter­ested in meet­ing Bai­ley and Ruby or vis­it­ing the cen­tre, you are wel­come at Tylers Way, Wat­ford by­pass WD25 8WT.

Bai­ley and Ruby

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