An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Animal Matters -

IT WAS a clear night for our visit to Christ­mas at Kew – the lights sparkled, you could smell the smoke, lis­ten to the mu­sic and touch the beau­ti­fully coloured rib­bons.

Light­ing up the mag­nif­i­cent dis­play, how­ever, was the best il­lu­mi­na­tion of all – the full moon.

The clear sky al­lowed the moon to set the at­mos­phere for the ex­cit­ing Kew Trail.

De­scribed by Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home as ex­u­ber­ant, Sky, a young Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier, is used to cre­at­ing her own ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere.

She loves life, is en­thu­si­as­tic about agility, likes be­ing around other dogs (of­ten a lit­tle too much) and thinks that ev­ery dog she meets wants to play.

Sky is nine months old and will need an owner who can help her un­der­stand that not ev­ery­thing in life is a game and who can guide her with learn­ing bound­aries and man­ners.

If this could be you, Sky is wait­ing at the Bat­tersea re­hom­ing cen­tre at 4 Bat­tersea Park Road SW8 4AA.

Just as Kew Gar­dens are experts in their field, so Bat­tersea are experts in theirs – the res­cue and re­hom­ing of cats and dogs.

As an ac­knowl­edge­ment of this ex­per­tise, Bat­tersea has re­cently launched the Bat­tersea Academy – a new cen­tre for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment which sup­ports res­cue and re­hom­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions across the world.

The academy’s ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme is de­signed to help ev­ery res­cue cen­tre, what­ever its size, to op­er­ate to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard.

Each pro­gramme at the Bat­tersea Academy is tai­lored to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s needs and can last be­tween two to five days.

Res­cue and re­hom­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing for the academy can see de­tails at bat­tersea.org.uk.

Ev­ery­one on the Kew trail was, of course, dressed up warm – oth­er­wise you would have frozen.

In or­der to help keep their res­i­dents warm, Bat­tersea or­gan­ises a monthly Knit­ting Kit­tens Club where sup­port­ers can knit blan­kets and toys.

All lev­els of ex­per­tise are wel­come.

The next meet­ing is on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 12 (5pm to 8pm).

You are asked to bring your own wool and knit­ting nee­dles. Ad­mis­sion is £2.

Lastly, we have news from the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust.

Un­til Christ­mas Eve they are run­ning a Shoe Box Ap­peal in which they are ask­ing sup­port­ers to fill a shoe box with Christ­mas gifts for ei­ther a dog, cat, rab­bit or guinea pig (or a mixed box) and drop it into the re­hom­ing cen­tre at Tylers Way, Wat­ford by­pass WD25 8WT.

These gifts will be given to the an­i­mals on Christ­mas Day.

Ex­u­ber­ant Sky needs a new home

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

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