An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

MAL­COLM was so busy beg­ging for sec­onds, he didn’t even eat his firsts.

We all have times when we’re want­ing more, even though we haven’t used or eaten what we al­ready have.

One of the rea­sons why An­i­mal Aid’s Christ­mas Fayre is such a re­fresh­ing place to visit is that it re­minds us, in a vi­brant way, of the need to think about what we buy. There will be more than 100 stands sell­ing eth­i­cally sourced, cru­elty-free items. Char­i­ties, cam­paign groups and eth­i­cal traders who are work­ing to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the world will be there.

It’s an ideal place to find Christ­mas presents – you can eas­ily spend all day there. There will also be cook­ery demon­stra­tions, talks, a chil­dren’s work­shop, face paint­ing and creche. Ar­rive hun­gry as the food is de­li­cious and the at­mos­phere is leg­endary. The fayre is on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9 (10am4.30pm) at Kens­ing­ton Town Hall, Horn­ton Street, W8 7NX. See de­tails at an­i­malaid.org. uk. Now back to the gor­geous Mal­colm. He could be ex­cused beg­ging for sec­onds as he is a thin boy who knows what it’s like to be a stray.

He came into the care of the RSPCA af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic saw him be­ing hit by a car.

For­tu­nately he wasn’t se­ri­ously hurt. He’s friendly and gen­tle – a real heart­breaker with the po­ten­tial to make some­one a won­der­ful pet. He does have a ten­dency to over­groom so would ben­e­fit from a stress-free home. If this could be with you, Mal­colm is wait­ing at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.

The Adop­tion Cen­tre is look­ing fes­tive. Each of the cat cab­ins has a Christ­mas stock­ing hang­ing on it with vis­i­tors be­ing in­vited to bring gifts to fill the stock­ings.

Long-stay cats have also somehow man­aged to write a let­ter to Santa and dis­play it out­side their cabin. I took a sneaky look at a cou­ple of the let­ters and the main Christ­mas gift they are hop­ing for is a lov­ing home. But they also ex­plain to Santa why no food has been left for the rein­deer – they’ve al­ready eaten it.

For the first time this year, the cen­tre is hold­ing a Christ­mas Evening on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 20 (5.30pm-7.30pm). More de­tails will be avail­able later.

From De­cem­ber 1, real Christ­mas trees will be for sale in the RSPCA Cen­tre’s car park (ad­dress above) with a do­na­tion from each tree sold, go­ing to the cen­tre.

Heart­breaker Mal­colm

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