An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Animal Matters -

MIND the gap, as you climb up onto the sleigh, we’re fly­ing tonight. It’s the last col­umn of the year and we’re vis­it­ing lo­cal an­i­mal re­hom­ing cen­tres to find out how the an­i­mals spend Christ­mas Day.

Hold on tight, there’s no seat belts up here. First stop is the an­i­mal cen­tre May­hew at Ken­sal Green where, on Christ­mas Day, each dog has their own stock­ing which they open with a mem­ber of staff be­fore en­joy­ing a Christ­mas din­ner.

The cats have presents given to them by lo­cal chil­dren and the staff lunch to­gether, each wear­ing a Christ­mas jumper.

Now, back on the sleigh, over Worm­wood Scrubs (who sus­pect the sleigh could be a drone) to the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre at Southall.

To help set the scene for Christ­mas Day, the cen­tre is host­ing its first carol ser­vice and Christ­mas evening on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 20 (5.30pm-7.30pm).

On Christ­mas Day, all the cats have a stock­ing and a Christ­mas lunch. The cats’ stock­ings are al­ready hang­ing, ex­pec­tantly, on the out­side of their cab­ins.

The sleigh is now soar­ing high up into the sky on our way to Dogs Trust at Hare­field.

Here, Richard, the man­ager, and his chil­dren are plan­ning a sur­prise for the dogs.

On Christ­mas Eve, they will creep round the cen­tre leav­ing a present in front of each ken­nel.

The cen­tre is closed to the pub­lic on Christ­mas Day (but not to Fa­ther Christ­mas, of course) so the whole day can be fo­cused on ex­er­cis­ing the dogs and giv­ing them a happy time.

We’re head­ing north now to Tylers Way, Wat­ford by pass, to the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust re­hom­ing cen­tre where the sleigh slides to a halt in the yard.

The dogs there have had a meet­ing (chaired by Zen) and elected Toby, Tessie, Bonzo and Kaleb to show us the sort of presents on their Christ­mas list.

The cats, rab­bits and guinea pigs haven’t been so or­gan­ised but they know Fa­ther Christ­mas won’t leave them out.

Climb­ing back onto the sleigh, we cir­cle back to Lon­don. Our fi­nal stop is Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home where, over their three cen­tres, Bat­tersea will care for 400 to 500 an­i­mals on Christ­mas Day.

Games will be played and car­ols will be sung.

Fi­nally, thank you to all read­ers for your care about an­i­mals through­out the year.

Zen at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust

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

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