It’s al­ways a joy to find new homes

Midweek Visiter - - News -

NOVEM­BER is upon us and the re­turn of the cold weather has al­ready brought out the dog coats and cosy blan­kets here at the An­i­mal Cen­tre.

At this time of the year, it means just that lit­tle bit more to us when our an­i­mals go off to their new homes be­fore the ar­rival of Christ­mas, and these last few weeks have been es­pe­cially suc­cess­ful in terms of re­hom­ing.

We were so happy to wave off one of our long­est stay fe­line res­i­dents, Felix, as he went to his new home af­ter a whop­ping seven months here in our cat­tery, wait­ing for his per­fect fam­ily.

Felix was quite the char­ac­ter with bags of at­ti­tude and def­i­nitely thought of him­self as the king of the cat­tery!

He showed all the other cats, staff and vol­un­teers who was boss on a daily ba­sis, while re­serv­ing just a lit­tle en­ergy for a cud­dle or two at the end of each day.

We were start­ing to think he was never go­ing to find any­one to take him and his feisti­ness on, when along came his new owner who quickly fell in love with him, prov­ing once again that there re­ally is a per­fect owner out there for ev­ery an­i­mal look­ing for a new home.

Here at the An­i­mal Cen­tre for a shorter time, but some­one who re­ally strug­gled with ken­nel life was Lola, an 11-year-old grey­hound with a sen­si­tive lit­tle soul and not built for life in noisy ken­nels.

Luck­ily for Lola she was here with us for less than two months be­fore one of our reg­u­lar vol­un­teer dog walk­ers fell in love at first sight and couldn’t re­sist tak­ing her home.

She now has three new best friends in the form of two Jack Rus­sells and a cat.

These days Lola can mostly be found snug­gled un­der a blan­ket on the sofa with her new fam­ily and could not be any hap­pier in her new home!

This week, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the vol­un­teers who took the time to help raise valu­able funds for the an­i­mals, by help­ing out with the Pets at Home col­lec­tions in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

From just the two week­ends of col­lect­ing, we made ap­prox­i­mately £630, so big thanks to every­one and par­tic­u­larly to the staff of Pets at Home, as well as to all of the shop­pers at Ocean Plaza who kindly do­nated.

Our next col­lec­tion will be at Tesco South­port on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 29.

We are once again look­ing for vol­un­teers who don’t mind giv­ing up a few hours of their time to help out. If you think you may be able to help, please con­tact us here at the An­i­mal Cen­tre.

Lastly, I would just like to re­mind our read­ers of our fast ap­proach­ing Christ­mas Fair next month, which is once again be­ing held at Green­bank High School in Hill­side, on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9 from 11.30am to 4pm.

There will be all the usual fes­tive favourites for the whole fam­ily, such as crafts and stalls, cakes and re­fresh­ments.

Even the main man him­self is pop­ping over from the North Pole with some pre­sents in tow for any lit­tle ones ea­ger to meet him!

This year’s raf­fle is also one def­i­nitely not to be missed as there are more than 25 prizes to be won, with the top prize be­ing a brand new JVC 32in flat screen TV with built in DVD.

Tick­ets are £1 a strip and win­ners will be drawn on the day. We hope to see you all there!

Lola, left, snug­gles up with one of her new friends

Felix has a home

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