An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Uxbridge Gazette - - Animal Matters -

WE ALL have dif­fer­ent things we con­sider im­por­tant. For some it's foot­ball, for oth­ers it's fash­ion. But for the an­i­mal res­cue cen­tres fea­tured here, one as­pect of care con­sis­tently con­sid­ered im­por­tant by them all is the need for neu­ter­ing of pets.

Only last Satur­day, I spent the morn­ing vis­it­ing Harry, Dora, Teddy and Fred­die, four gor­geous kit­tens who came into the care of Houn­slow An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety (HAWS) af­ter their owner found it dif­fi­cult to cope with the num­ber of kit­tens her un-neutered cats were ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing.

In or­der to re­duce the num­ber of un­wanted an­i­mals, neu­ter­ing is vi­tal. This can be done pri­vately at a vet but, if money is scarce, here is an up­date on where free and re­duced-cost neu­ter­ing is avail­able.

May­hew of­fer a range of free and low cost neu­ter­ing at their vet clinic. They neuter bull breed dogs free. For de­tails and to book an ap­point­ment call 020 8962 8017. Al­ter­na­tively, email vet­clinic@may­he­wan­i­mal­home.org. May­hew is at Tren­mar Gar­dens, Ken­sal Green.

The Lon­don Cat Care and Con­trol Con­sor­tium (C4) of­fer free neu­ter­ing of cats sub­ject to el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. Go to cats.org.uk/C4 and see if you are el­i­gi­ble, then look at the web­site to find a vet who par­tic­i­pates in the scheme. If you live in the re­quired area and have been feed­ing a stray cat for at least four­teen days, the cat can be neutered un­der the C4 scheme. Al­ter­na­tively, ask your vet if they par­tic­i­pate.

The RSPCA of­fer sub­sidised neu­ter­ing in their clinic at Bur­ket Close, Southall. For el­i­gi­bil­ity go to rspca.org.uk and type Southall clinic into the search box. The clinic also has cer­tain days (the next one is De­cem­ber 5) when, if you are el­i­gi­ble, cats can be neutered free without ap­point­ment. Phone 0300 1230 746 op­tion 3 for de­tails. You can also call this num­ber if you have sev­eral cats/ kit­tens and are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to cope. They can put you in touch with the (non-judge­men­tal) RSPCA mul­ti­cat in­ter­ven­tion team.

Dogs Trust of­fer neu­ter­ing for £35 if you live in the Lon­don bor­oughs and meet their el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. For de­tails see dogstrust. org.uk or call their neu­ter­ing hot­line on 0333 202 1148.

If you meet their el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, Blue Cross of­fer neu­ter­ing in ex­change for a con­tri­bu­tion. For de­tails call 0300 777 1800 for their hospi­tal in Ham­mer­smith.

Mean­while, if you can home Harry or any of HAWS beau­ti­ful kit­tens, see haws-an­i­mals.org.uk or call 020 8560 5443.

Harry

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

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