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