An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Uxbridge Gazette - - Animal Matters -

WE’VE just been clear­ing up from an im­promptu party.

Piles of food in ev­ery cor­ner and makeshift beds all over the place. None of the party-go­ers helped – in fact, none were any­where around.

We wouldn’t have minded, but we hadn’t even been in­vited to the cel­e­bra­tions. It looked like this party had hap­pened, in a cup­board, while we were away and had been or­gan­ised by mice.

Now we were back, the tiny rev­ellers had packed their bags and moved on.

Or­gan­is­ing cel­e­bra­tions – wel­come ones – is some­thing the lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre, May­hew, know how to do well.

For­tu­nately, for us, they are or­gan­is­ing two soon, to which, un­like the mouse party, we are all in­vited.

On Sun­day Oc­to­ber 7 (11.30am), in or­der to cel­e­brate res­cue pets ev­ery­where, May­hew is or­gan­is­ing The Great Res­cue Ram­ble on Hamp­stead Heath (meet­ing point is the band­stand).

This event high­lights the mes­sage if you want a pet Adopt Don’t Shop. Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing all dogs, whether res­cued or not, are wel­come on the ram­ble.

You can choose be­tween a leisurely 3km walk or a more chal­leng­ing 5km walk. There will be a scavenger hunt, stalls and games. For de­tails see the­may­hew.org and to book your place, email events @may­he­wan­i­mal­home.org. En­try is £5 per adult or £2 per child/con­ces­sions.

The ram­ble will be rais­ing funds for an­i­mals like the gor­geous Ri­p­ley. For­tu­nately for her, as a stray, she found her­self lost in the vicin­ity of May­hew where she is be­ing cared for un­til a home is found. If you would like to of­fer Ri­p­ley a lov­ing home, she’s wait­ing at May­hew, Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green.

The sec­ond cel­e­bra­tion be­ing or­gan­ised by May­hew is an evening in aid of May­hew In­ter­na­tional on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 14 (6.30pm 8.30pm). May­hew doesn’t just work with an­i­mals and com­mu­ni­ties in this coun­try but also works with an­i­mals and com­mu­ni­ties abroad, par­tic­u­larly in Afghanistan, Ge­or­gia, Rus­sia and In­dia. In these places, they fo­cus on as­pects such as ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion and how to help the large num­ber of free-roam­ing cats and dogs. They also train vet­eri­nary per­son­nel in shel­ter medicine. The evening will tell us about their work with all funds raised go­ing to­wards their an­i­mal wel­fare work in Kabul.

The May­hew In­ter­na­tional Evening takes place at Burgh House, Hamp­stead. Tick­ets are £15 each which in­cludes re­cep­tion drinks, nib­bles on ar­rival and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. They can be ob­tained from events@may­he­wan­i­mal­home.org. Guest hosts are Rula Len­ska and Peter Egan. Issy (left) and Stephano

Ri­p­ley

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