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RESCUE and ANIMAL CARE 29th Februar y - 29th March 2020 – Issue 152

ISSN 2050-0572

FREE COPY Please take one

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare


The search for Tiny the Cat


Join The Agria Dog Walk 2020


I can see clearly now my hair is gone Battersea dog undergoes a dramatic transformation

In s ide .. .

See Mayhew’s Spring issue of tails Magazine!

Meet our Video Star

Border Collie Trust GB To watch our Animated video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a97HVfZEvUY

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Dear Readers,

On this Month’s Cover

Border Collie Trust GB


Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare PUBLISHER: Jennifer Prowse ADVERTISING MANAGER: Glen Jackson FEATURE CoNTRIBUToRS: Dean Hart, Animal Behaviourist Mary Lloyd, Bio-Life International Juliet Abrahamson Simon Bailey, In-house Vet DESIGN: Vicki Barnes WEBSITE: Crosland Digital PRINTER: REFLEX LITHO, THETFORD, NORFOLK

Thank you for picking up a hard copy of Jennifer Prowse this issue or reading it on line. Director and Publisher You are all very important to us! On the front cover you will see one of the most amazing videos for the Border Collie Trust GB I have ever seen for an animal Charity. You will have to key in the link if you have a physical copy but I can truly say it is so worth watching. Apart from re homing a Collie you can help in so many other ways. This masterpiece video says it all. You may need a hanky. We have a feature about the journey that our amazing rescue centres embark on to save, nurture and bring animals back to good health. The blood sweat and tears. The laughter and Joy. Do we think about the costs involved and what dedication goes on behind the scenes? Read about some of our favourite animal charities- best enjoyed with a cuppa and curled up with your dear pet and thinking there may be room for another one? In the centre pages of our online issue we have the fabulous latest Mayhew's magazine, Tails (those with hard copies just need to go to www.rescueandanimalcare.com to view). See also the different eye problems pet can suffer from along with an great mix of pet news, features and articles. If you are off to Crufts, you may well see us walking around handing out our magazines so come say hello! See you next month



Contact us (01787) 228027 Jennifer@jspmedia.co.uk RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE MAGAZINE: JENNIFER PROWSE MEDIA, 21 THE MALTINGS, BURES, SUFFOLK CO8 5EJ Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care www.facebook.com/rescueandanimalcare

Read Mayhew’s Spring edition of tails online (see Centre pages)

Troublesome Treacle

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To Watch Our Heartfelt video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a97HVfZEvUY

Charity AWARENESS In today's busy world, how can any charity increase the awareness of their work? There are so many worthwhile causes out there, everyone with a remarkable story to tell.


ell, we have to utilise all the tools at our disposition. Some old, some new, some we'd never think of using. In late 2019 we saw news of The Charity Film Awards, a wonderful award scheme showcasing some great videos, stories and charities. We'd recently engaged the services of Superstar Pet Productions to produce a fundraising video for us and it was so different we felt it worth entering into the competition. Thanks to some great support from our followers we suddenly found ourselves shortlisted for the finals. As we speak voting continues and so in an effort to encourage voting for our video we began an online campaign and press releases to spread the news. And spread it did. In two weeks our Facebook Page post reached over 92,000 people, 22,500 of which engaged with the post in some way. On Instagram, our photos usually attract about 100 likes, our video story has been liked almost 12,000 times in two week. Suddenly thousands more people know about us and our work. Who knows where that will lead but on the scale of awareness raising it is, without doubt, off the scale for us and can only be seen in a positive way. Social media does have its drawbacks, its negatives but when working well it is an incredible tool. Sometimes, as with any promotion, expectations can be disappointing. We've tried some "sure fire" methods with limited success, some "tongue in cheek" methods that you don't expect to achieve anything that do just the opposite but every now and again you just get that gut feeling you might have a winner. So irrespective of how we fare in this final round of voting, we're confident we've got a winning formula on this occasion. Where do you go next then? The video was such a hit that we commissioned a Christmas Advent video which went down a storm, a Valentine's Day video and our latest video, Someone You Loved. Please take a moment of quiet, have a

couple of tissues handy and enjoy an emotional rollercoaster...... And so to end news on The Charity Film Awards themselves, do take a look. There are some amazing videos and charities involved. Of course if you'd like to vote for Border Collie Trust we'd be very grateful :-)

Border Collie Trust G.B. has been unveiled on the shortlist for the 2020 Charity Film Awards.

The Charity Film Awards celebrates the effective use of video by the third sector to change mindsets, raise awareness for the charity or fundraise. 65,000 people took part in the public voting stage to determine the shortlist. The Charity Film Awards panel of expert judges, which includes high profile names from entertainment, business, politics and media. The winners of the Charity Film Awards 2020 will be announced a gala ceremony in central London, in the Spring. Celebrity Ambassadors for Charity Film Awards include; Mariella Frostrup, Quentin Willson, Jason Bell and Chris Warburton. Ben Wilkes, Trustee of Border Collie Trust GB said, "We are delighted to have been shortlisted with other amazing charities doing wonderful work. The song, Black or White, was about diversity and Border Collies are certainly that. In promoting the work we do we also hope to galvanise supporters to consider the various ways they can support our work and help protect the future of our the Trust" Simon Burton, Co-Founder of the Charity Film Awards said: ‘In the digital age, charities’ use of video is fundamental to engage the hearts and minds of their communities. Border Collie Trust’s” film is a great example of that in action.” n Visit www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk

Border Collie Trust has been shortlisted alongside other leading names from the charity sector. For more information and to vote for Border Collie Trust, please visit https://charityfilmawards.com/videos/border-collie-trust-gb-black-and-white www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Troublesome Treacle I am 60 in Human years!! While I wait for my wee agility tunnel being hand-made especially for me by www.nayloragility.co.uk I am trying to get fitter. I‘ve put a bit of weight on over the winter months and now I am a tad over 9 years old Mistress says that I am older than her in human years!!! Apparently I am 60 in human years! I feel pretty healthy but lately I sometimes have difficulty jumping onto the settee or climbing the stairs to bed. Mistress says I should worry as she often has trouble bending down to pull up her knickers! All I can say to that is thank goodness I don’t have to wear any. Still feeling like a puppy most of the time but just wearing a bigger fur coat, I can still run like the wind (when there is a bit of wind behind me ☺). Talking of wind, we were recently hit by storm ‘Jorge’ bringing 70 miles hour gales and even snow. All of which affecting my dog walks. Have you any idea what it feels like wearing two pairs of human welly boots especially as I could sit in just one of them! Why do they call hurricanes after human names and not Dog ones? Wouldn’t ‘Fido Frilly Knickers’ or ‘ Princess Pork Chop’ or Betty Twiglet’ sound a lot more powerful and memorable! Guess what! Mistress was talking to a lovely young lady at Vitabiotics Pet Division explaining that she wanted to keep me fit and healthy for as long as possible and like magic the next day the postman delivered some Vitavet SuperDog® Joint & MobilityTM. Advanced Vitamins to help flexibility & Mobility. SuperDog® specialise in premium nutrition for all sizes and breeds of dogs. From vitality to healthy joints and bones, SuperDog’s comprehensive formulations are scientifically formulated by nutritional experts giving dogs the latest

I am 60 in Human Years!!!!

support available, providing optimum levels of advanced micro-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and botanic extracts. I had my first pills this morning and I will report back next month! Oh my goodness! Have you played the video of the Border Collie on the front cover of this magazine? Please, you really must ! It is amazing, a work of art and produced for www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk Get those tissues ready folks! Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a97HVfZEvUY Well, I am off for a walk now before it rains again! See you next month my lovely furries and human friends

Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care www.facebook.com/rescueandanimalcare Troublesome Treacle SuperDog Joints & Bones provides maximum strength support for strong bones, flexible joints and glossy coat to help keep your favourite furry companion, fit, active and healthy. Contains 22 nutrients: that supports your dog’s joint mobility as they age and keep the joints supple and active. The formula provides zinc and selenium to support your dog’s immune system. Visit www.vitabiotics.com

Please contact us or visit our website for more information. Heathway, Colton, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 3LY Tel: 01889 577058 www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk Reg Charity No1053585




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Putting Pets in the Picture Dick White Referrals column Pets are referred to Dick White Referrals when first opinion vets feel that diagnosis and/or treatment can be enhanced by advanced expertise, equipment or both. Many referred patients benefit from the sophisticated technology in the Diagnostic Imaging Department which, with 8 BoardCertified Specialists, is the largest in the world. The department supports all clinical disciplines by providing and evaluating studies that are able to identify a wide range of disease and injuries. These are acquired by highly qualified radiographers and interpreted by specialist veterinary radiologists, who use a wide array of imaging techniques, individually or in combination, including the following: Radiology Historically, this procedure involved the use of physical x- ray films. However, digital radiography is now more widely used in veterinary practice. This uses sensors rather than photographic film. The advantage is that images are available instantly and can be shared immediately with colleagues in the clinic or elsewhere. Ultrasound Ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that allows the deep structures within the body to be visualised by directing ultrasonic waves into the tissues and recording the reflected echoes. Because ultrasound produces a real-time moving image it can be used to assess functional as well as anatomical changes. The technique can be used to visualise muscles, tendons, eyes, blood vessels, all abdominal organs and many thoracic structures. One drawback is that the ultrasound waves do not pass through air and therefore the technique is less suitable for imaging organs such as the lungs. Ultrasound does not involve radiation and there is no need for the patient to be anaesthetised, although sedation may well be necessary. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) MRI scanners use a strong magnetic field and radio waves to form high quality images of the structure being 6

scanned. When a patient is placed in the magnetic field, the protons in the body absorb then release energy, which the computer subsequently converts into a visible image. It is necessary for patients to be completely still for the whole length of a scan which takes 30-60 minutes on average and, therefore, a general anaesthetic is always required. MRI scans provide particularly good detail of soft tissue structures and are therefore often the best means of diagnosing neurological diseases. However, MRI is also indicated for the evaluation of certain orthopaedic conditions, soft tissue tumours, musculotendinous pathology, traumatic injuries and inflammations.

Computed Tomography (CT) CT combines x-ray images taken from different angles around the body. Computer processing then creates slices of the body and internal organs and structures. CT images provide more detail that radiographic images. They allow a distinction between normal and abnormal tissues. This differentiation can be enhanced by injecting a contrast agent into the patient's bloodstream. CT can help identify various pathologies, including: tumours, bone and muscle disorders, lung abnormalities, areas of inflammation or infection, blood clots and vascular anomalies. A CT scan can provide specific information regarding the size and location of, for example, a tumour and guide procedures such as surgery or radiation therapy. It is also possible to take a biopsy by using the CT scan to guide the needle to the target of interest. Again, patients must remain completely still throughout the procedure and therefore they need to be anaesthetised or sedated heavily. They are then placed on a surface which moves into the machine and an x-ray tube rotates through 360Âş. As the x-rays leave the patient, they are picked up by detectors and transmitted to a computer. The number of images taken depends on the area and size of the suspected problem but can easily exceed 3,000 which can all be acquired in just a few seconds. Interventional Radiology This technique represents a major advancement in the delivery of


Most patients need only to be sedated for an ultrasound examination.

treatment or the collection of diagnostic samples. Several members of the DWR Internal Medicine and Radiology teams have trained in this technique and, as a result, are often able to use minimally invasive approaches rather than traditional surgery. Typically, this procedure is used for the placement of stents, but a range of other applications are currently in development, including the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs. Expertise The sophisticated equipment described above is becoming increasingly available and is evolving very rapidly. However, technology is only half the story and the best scanners, ultrasound and x-ray equipment in the world produces images that are only as good as the radiologists who interpret them. Diagnostic Imaging Specialists train initially for 5 or 6 years to qualify as vets. They generally spend a number of years in general practice before undertaking a one-year internship, followed by a 3-4 year residency. This then leads to challenging examinations, which must be passed before they can register as a Specialist. In addition, in order to retain that status they are reviewed regularly to ensure that they are maintaining their levels of knowledge and research interests. It’s true that every picture tells a story, but it takes a lot of skill to extract the full picture!

n To learn more about Dick White Referrals, visit: www.dickwhitereferrals.com


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Walking for Dogs for Good On Saturday 16th May 2020, dogs from across Europe will be coming together with the single aim of raising money to transform lives. The Agria Dog Walk will see dogs and their owners take part in walks in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and the UK to raise money for some exceptional causes in each country. In the UK, Agria Pet Insurance is walking for Dogs for Good at National Trust, Stowe, near Buckingham. This iconic venue, made famous by its 250 acres of beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of parkland, historic monuments, temples and stunning scenery, will play host to a 5km walk and promises to be an incredible day out for all. As well as free parking, free entry (saving £14 per adult!) and gifts for walkers and their dogs, there will also be a whole host of interesting stalls from local businesses to browse, delicious refreshments and relaxing entertainment to enjoy! Best of all, for every single set of paws walked, Agria will donate to Dogs for Good! Dogs for Good is a charity that has been making life-changing differences for people with disabilities since 1988. They support people with a range of needs including physical disabilities, autism, dementia and learning disabilities, enabling them to lead more


independent lives through the help of trained dogs. Every donation makes a difference, for example: £10 could pay for an autism assistance dog jacket £30 could pay for an assistance dog puppy socialisation class £135 could pay for a day’s aftercare from a Dogs for Good Instructor, helping partnerships to develop and take on new challenges together As well as the walk at National Trust, Stowe, Agria will also be donating for every dog walked for six of their rescue partners. They will be holding walks across the UK – having a lot of fun with local supporters while boosting their funds, helping them to care for the animals looking for their forever homes. Tom Vaughan, Head of Marketing at Agria Pet Insurance, says, “Now in its second year in the UK, The Agria Dog Walk is a fantastic event the whole team at Agria is very passionate about. It’s

such a great opportunity to raise money for a cause that sees such potential in dogs and unlocks this to not only give the dogs a fulfilling life, but importantly to transform the lives of the people they’re partnered with. “We’re also really pleased to support our rescue partners that do so much to help animals looking for their forever homes – waiting to make a positive difference to the life of a human. “The Agria Dog Walk is a really popular event, and we hope as many dogs as possible bring their owners along to join us for what’s set to be a fantastic day that will make a real difference!” Terms, conditions and excesses apply. Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register Number 496160. Agria Pet Insurance is registered and incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 4258783. Registered office: First Floor, Blue Leanie, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7QW.



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Blue Cross

Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330

www.dogmatic.org.uk Animal Rescue Cumbria


Whiskey M3

Oscar M7

Sophie F4

Ginger Bear M10

Posie F1

Ice Cream M

Whiskey is a funloving little guy, who’s favourite things include hanging out with his human pals and other dogs,

I enjoy playing with toys, but I’m then quite happy to chill on the sofa for an afternoon snooze.

I am an active girl who loves to be on the go and sniffing all the smells along the way!

He is a lovely, friendly, affectionate boy who would appreciate some fuss.

I'm a sweet girl who is looking for a nice, quiet home where I can relax and be myself.

I'm looking for a neutered female guinea pig or a pair of neutered females so we can enjoy munching on some kale together.


Bangle M11 mths

Valiant M1-2

Henry M10

Rocky & Patches M12

Euston M7

Beardie M7

Prickles F8-9

Bangle would love to find herself an active owner, who is around most of the day.

Valiant is a lovely natured dog who is a bit of a thinker and likes to take his time about things.

He also would like a rural home where he has some outside space and fields to go hunting because that's what he loves to do.

They are siblings so we would love to find them a home where they can stay together. Both Rocky and Patches are very affectionate with people and love all the attention they can get. They are super sweet and love a fuss. They would like to find a new home where there are no other pets.

He is looking for a home where there are no young children (10+) and where there are no dogs.

Beardie has previously lived with other cats. He is a soft friendly boy who loves tickles under his chin!

She does enjoy a fuss and likes to be tickled behind her ears, once settled Prickles would probably quite like to sit on you lap.

Flo F11

Herbie M18 mths

Major M3-4

Herbie is a nice boy who knows his basic commands. He loves being outside and is very gentle when taking his treats.

He loves people very much and adores his tummy being tickled. We believe he may suffer from separation anxiety.

Doris Banham Dog Rescue


Bella F2-3

Bentley M

Bertie M8

Breeze F6

With lots of retraining and TLC Bella has come on leaps and bounds and is ready to meet her special people and settle down to a lovely new life.

We are searching for a home for this young boy who will help him to work through any problems.

He is good with people but not good with other dogs so needs a home as an only dog.

Breeze is a big girl as an American Bull Dog and so needs a strong walker. She is very playful and loving once she trusts you and is not toy orientated at all.

Danaher Animal Home

Davey M5-6

Although strong he She would need to be your one and only walks well on the lead but promises you a and is eager to lifetime of love, please and loves kisses, cuddles and human interaction. total devotion.


Silver F1

Bo M7

Snowy M2

Beau M2


Joseph M

Nutkins M

Conker F

Silver is friendly and social with other dogs, she loves to play, so could live with another dog.

Bo's favourite thing to do is have a cuddle on the sofa with you or roll around and scratch his back on the floor!

I love to zoom and run and play with toys. I like making new doggy friends.

I am excitable and love to play with toys, especially squeaky toys.

I am in need of a lap to sit on and cuddles to have.

I am a handsome chirpy little fella and will be good company for smaller birds.

I like to keep myself busy digging. I have a cheeky nature and will keep you amused.

I can appear shy and timid, but I have a very sweet nature.

Dogs Trust


Mika F6 mths

Alfie M

Badger M7

Barney M and Mitzy F

Tess F1

Bertie M

Ben M

Ruby F2-5

Being a young lady, she loves playing with her toys and chasing a ball around.

he may need training in some areas which may include housetraining.

He is new in at the centre and is currently being assessed. I will be ready for rehoming soon.

Ruby is a cracking little character with so much potential to flourish in her new home.



He loves his home Mika will need a home where he isn't left for comforts and likes to be up on the sofa or more than 4 hours people watching out per day and he will of the window. need access to his own secure garden.

He is a friendly, playful dog and would suit a fun family keen to take him on exciting adventures.

To be homed together. An enclosed garden would suit them just fine as they love to play fetch.


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Erin Hounds

Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330

www.dogmatic.org.uk East Midlands Dog Rescue


Jagger M5-6

Capaldi M3

Samhain M5

Zinc M3

Kumani F3

Storm F3

He can be overwhelmed by noise and crowds and so would suit a home with a calm, confident dog to lead the way.

He would be happier in a home without young children but we feel he may be able to live with cats with careful introductions.

A loveable, sweet boy though still very tentative when approached while at the same time, desperately wanting to be friends.

This young lad would enjoy a home with an enclosed garden and someone around a reasonable amount.

She would like a home with another dog for company and to play with so a secure garden is required.

She would be fine as an only dog and would be a fun companion. She enjoys a run in the garden and eats and sleeps well.


Hilda F18 mths

Sally F14 mths

Bella F2

Scamp M3

Henry M11 mths

Daisy F2

Benson M3

Piper M10 mths

She is lively, bouncy and full of fun and mischief. Lots of potential for a GSD lover. Will make a wonderful devoted companion.

She is very friendly but boisterous and as such older children or mature families would be best.

However she won’t suit anyone with a busy household and lots of visitors.

He needs a dedicated, kind, quiet owner and it is essential he has another dog in the home to be the wind beneath his wings.

He will be looking for his forever home from the middle of May onwards ... Thank you.

Would suit fun loving family looking for a single dog to share their lives with she will be devoted to her owners and has lots of potential.

Best suited as an only pet he will be a loyal loving companion and has so much to give.

This lovely boy has known great hardship and truly deserves his Happy Ever After!

Rocco M4

Bungle M1

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Pippy F10 mths

Percy M5

Cassie F4

Bebe F4-5

Will need owners who are around for a most of the day and at least one other similar sized dog.

He currently has an open ulcer on one and infection on the other eye.

She is, as you can imagine, full of beans and ready to play Any time someone engages with her.

She loves her walks and would be suited to a home where she will receive plenty of exercise.

Buddy M2

Bailey M10


He looks angelic but Rocco is good with most dogs and can be in truth he is a whole bag of busyness who rehomed with is looking for an another dog of similar active home. or larger size.

Weeman M1-2

Jojo F6

in the right hands this lad will blossom and you will be rewarded with a loyal devoted companion.

As with many poodles Jojo can be quite vocal, she is very responsive when told to be quiet.


Milo M6

Bubbles F2-3

Can be worried about other dogs when out and about so a fairly quiet home would be ideal.

Bubbles can be lively and is quite strong on the lead, so would benefit from some training.

He is good with Bailey needs to be an children, but could only pet in his new do with some general home, but is good training as he is a when he meets other quite lively lad. dogs out and about.

Eric M5

Charlie M7

Eric is a very friendly He even likes to and chatty young “cuddle” by man who likes snuggling into you on nothing better than a your shoulder. lap to sit on.

Gracie & Blossom F5 The girls, who are very friendly (and quite nosy!) are used to being handled but haven’t lived with children in the past. We are looking for a home for the two rabbits together as they are very much a pair.

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Love for animals is at the of this story


The care that is given to ensure that the thousands of animals that humans neglect, injure or abuse are restored to health and found new homes falls to the people that run and work in rescue and care homes throughout Britain. The wonder of it is that there should be so many given that we are supposed to be an animal-loving nation! But we are extremely lucky in this country to have charitable organisations that rescue or foster cats and dogs, horses and other domestic animals as well as wild animals that need help. Juliet Abrahamson explains more


Loving care goes a long way, and is the start of many an animal’s journey.

hese places do an amazing job, often with less financial support than they need, or spending valuable caring time in trying to raise funds to continue. How much, after all, does it take to look after a dog that has been beaten or starved, or a horse tethered for long periods in the open without water or sufficient feed? Surely just some loving care, a bit of food and a roof for shelter? Well, quite a lot more than that. It’s true that loving care goes a long way, and is the start of many an animal’s journey. But each story is in fact different, and the cast of characters needed to bring any animal back to full strength makes a long list. All these people – save the many volunteers that are as vital to any shelter – are paid professionals, who at every level have the experience and knowledge to ensure an outcome that is best for the animal. And for each animal that can mean the care of many people.


Animals can be found and taken into care from all sorts of situations. RSPCA officers may rescue them for abusive situations, or from simply being neglected. Some animals 12


have never had contact with other humans. Other rescue centres may have had sick animals handed in from someone who may have hoarded animals and not cared for them; some may be found on the street with mange, or horses may be undernourished or tethered by chain in a field then abandoned. Some may be given in by relatives of owners who had died; some found abandoned in houses that the owner has left. There may even be street dogs from another country. Already a myriad stories with potentially many endings.

Assessment and treatment

So the animal is assessed physically, since often that is the most pressing need. An animal in pain needs it alleviated by a reassuring human before food or rest is given. A horse just hours from death would need hours of care, transfusions and medicines, maybe X-rays and other tests, sedations, wound care, dental treatment, before even starting on rehabilitation. Medical care of all kinds is given by vets and nurses after these assessments and tests: operations, baths, medicines, bandaging until the animal is gently housed in a cage to begin…… www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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The healing process has begun, and the administration has made accurate records. The vet and the nurse are so glad that things have worked out, and the volunteers are happy they can get close to the animal and start looking after him and assessing his capabilities and problems. He has been fed, sometimes by hand, and watered, and may have been given a special treat, stroked and sat with to reassure him. He may, if a dog and well enough, be walked by a dog volunteer. Other animals will be played with and groomed. When the animals are ready they will be helped and monitored to watch for personality problems, or health issues; their attitudes to other animals or to humans. As the RSPCA explains: “A cat who is afraid of people may struggle to find a forever home. A dog who doesn't know how to play will appear so quiet and withdrawn that he may never find a family of his own. And a horse with no manners cannot be worked.” It can often take many weeks for an animal to be ready to go to a new home, and much patience and understanding to build the confidence of an animal that has been ill-treated, or is simply afraid of humans. Charities such as The Dogs Trust, Horseworld, Blue Cross and many other see the importance of psychological treatment and behavioural training before an animal can be rehomed as paramount, and matching a new home to an animal as crucial – no centre wants to see an animal back because it has gone to the wrong home.

General Care

The need for good cleaning and disinfection is very important, since many animals carry fleas and ticks or worse: stables, kennels and hutches are swabbed regularly, and bedding and feeding bowls always clean. Then the food is an important part of the

day, with regular routines helping the animals to establish a pattern. Rescue animals also need micro-chipping for identification, worming and other routine treatments started, neutering and spaying, immunisation, washing and grooming, all of which incur significant cost. I’ve not detailed all the costs that a rescue centre can expect to incur, which includes not only all the care and equipment needed for animals, but also building and staff costs, administration, insurance and a host of other things; reasons why centres ask that some of these costs for your animal is met when you adopt. Think of it as helping another lucky person adopt an animal!


There is a lot of real relief and joy when success has dominated a day. If at the end of it – after rescuing a litter of abandoned pups, a very sick old horse and a few mistreated dogs and successfully healing and treating them – a wonderful new home has been found for an animal, or a new volunteer comes along to help, or a business has offered some much-needed animal bedding, or a member of the public has left a substantial donation, can you imagine how that must make everything feel really worthwhile? And when you go to collect your dog/cat/ rabbit/horse from the centre, you can envisage the amount of time and the amazing care that has brought your new animal right to your doorstep to be a special part of your own family.

Through out the following pages read more about our wonderful animal charities and their amazing work for the animals in their care § Images: ©Adobe Stock

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Woody’s leg in Xray Bramley outside office door resting on hedgehog

Woody recuperating

A young dog bought in from an elderly man

Another Day - Another Rescue It is a bright Monday morning and the rain clouds are gathering and I am thankful that Bramley the Labrador Lifeline Trust office dog and I have had our walk up in the woods. He is sleeping soundly under my desk and the phone rings – the day has started.

Anne Carter



irst call is a very distressed young lady with a 14 week old Labrador puppy. Sadly the puppy has had an accident and has a broken leg which has now been placed in a metal scaffold after an operation. She explains that she works all day and cannot leave the pup in a crate and has no one to look after him. Can we help please? My first problem is, where am I going to find a foster home for a young lively pup who is severely disabled but still wants to be a hooligan. The pup is having frequent trips to the vet for them to adjust his fixator. Many phone calls later a kind family come forward and take him home with them. There are going to be substantial vet bills for this little chap and the next thing is to set up some form of fundraising to pay for it. Next call is an elderly man with a 13 month old dog. He explains that he was on our list waiting for an older dog but he had seen this one advertised whilst looking on the internet. He had gone to see the dog which was being kept in a fourth floor flat with the owners at work all day. The neighbours had complained that the dog was barking. He paid £950 for the dog and once home he realises that at 82 years of age the dog is far too strong and too lively for him. Can we take it off his hands asap? This is closely followed by a call from the local dog warden who has picked up a young Labrador who has now served his 7 days with no owner coming forward. Needless to say his microchip has not been registered so he has no owner. This is a daily problem with chips not being registered or out of date details. I agree to take him into our kennels because he is an unknown dog and has not been assessed we have different rules for dealing with him. He cannot be homed where there are young people under the age of 14 as I have no knowledge of his background. He will be assessed in our


kennels to see what type of home will suit him best. It is now lunchtime and our Treasurer has been busy paying all the bills which all have to be authorised plus the inbox is rapidly filling up with enquiries so the next hour is spent dealing with the admin and the post has also arrived with more accounts needing to be paid. Another phone call comes in, this time it is a worried owner whose dog keeps being sick in the car, she does not want to continually drug him so have we any tips we can offer to get him over this problem. She needs reassurance and suitable advice regarding what to do best. I give them an old gamekeeper’s trick, the beaten white of an egg just before they get in the car. (I later hear back from her that this has worked and he has had no further sickness). Much of the time I draw on personal experience and what I have learned through the years in rescue and owning Labradors. Rescue is not just taking in waifs and strays; it is a job with many facets from dealing with local vets and obtaining histories of dogs coming into our care to actual rehoming of dogs. It involves taking care of some of our more vulnerable people in society. The Trust manage and help several dogs for senior citizens ensuring their pets have the right daily care and medication. All this comes at a cost, not only time but financially too. The Trust are totally committed to the dogs in their care and also their after care once rehomed. They keep in touch with new owners and offer a 24/7 helpline for any problems that might arise now or in the future. The main priority is help rescue Labradors and to educate, where necessary their owners. n For more information visit www.labrador-lifeline.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Rehoming FROM REDWINGS If you’re thinking about welcoming a new four-legged friend into your family, why not consider rehoming a rescued horse from Redwings?

Rehoming Roly Poly pushchair training Rehoming Quincy and Mary

Rehoming show pony


or over 10 years, Redwings Horse Sanctuary has been helping rescued horses find loving homes through its Guardianship Scheme. In 2019, Redwings opened a new rehoming centre at their Caldecott Visitor Centre in Norfolk, and the finishing touches are currently being put in place for new rehoming facilities at their Oxhill Visitor Centre in Warwickshire. Each horse has to work through an extensive list of areas of training before he or she can be rehomed, and so they experience lots of different scenarios, from rug fitting and veterinary interventions, to seeing large vehicles around the farm, pushchairs, bicycles and multi-coloured umbrellas! That way, the team tries to prepare them for the things they may come across outside Redwings, and set them up for success in their new home!

To apply to become a Redwings Guardian, visit www.redwings.org.uk/rehoming, or keep an eye on the Redwings social media channels. They currently rehome in East Anglia, across Central England and in Central and South Wales. Rehoming a Redwings horse is free, but the charity requests a £50 deposit for their passport and welcomes any donations to help fund the future training of the horses in its care. As a Guardian, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day care of your Redwings horse, but the Rehoming team will always be on the end of the line if you need advice. Guardians take on horses from Redwings on a permanent loan basis to safeguard their welfare and to ensure they have a home should their Guardian’s circumstances change, but the charity always aims to find permanent homes where they will be loved and cherished for the rest of their lives.

Rehoming Strawberry Shortcake with her young guardians www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs “does what it says on the tin” It saves dogs that are vulnerable and at risk in the county of Yorkshire SYD Rescue is a volunteer led rescue charity that has a set of kennels in the Yorkshire Dales and fosterers in the local area. It takes in dogs from pounds, vets and the public. Once in the care of SYD Rescue, dogs are assessed, rehabilitated and rehomed with suitable families. The SYD Rescue volunteers are a friendly group with a joint goal of helping and rehoming Yorkshire’s vulnerable & at risk dogs.


SYD Events

For you to attend and support SYD has all kinds of fun events happening throughout the year: ranging from fun dog shows, to vintage fairs and quizzes. There’s something to appeal to everyone and they’re always lots of fun! All proceeds from these events go straight to helping the lovely SYD dogs to find new homes. If you have any questions then please call 0792 2071266.

How you Can Help

Legacies will ensure the long term future of Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs by enabling us to have our own 24 hour staffed centre so we can save more dogs, that have no one else to help them.

If you would like to make a single or regular donation then please go to our website

Do you have any spare time to help a dog at our rescue centre?

Extra help is always needed so please get in touch if you can assist in the following (or any other) areas – “Hands on” at the kennels, dog walking, grooming, playing, cleaning & feeding: This is the day to day care of the dogs. The volunteers try to make life as normal as possible with lots of human interaction. n For more information visit www.sydrescue.org.uk


SYD has no paid staff, no one on an expense account and no one taking advantage of the money raised and given to Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs. All money given goes into the care of the dogs so please give generously, secure in the knowledge that your money will be spent exactly as you would expect it to be.


Registered charity number 1167291


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The hidden costs of rescue You've decided that a rescue dog, cat, rabbit etc is for you and are now looking at various rescues. But, they are asking a rehoming fee or perhaps a donation of at least £X amount for you to adopt. Hang on, you ask, I’m helping you by adopting and you want money from me. But once the animal has gone then they aren’t costing you anything surely? Now this may be a question you would never dream of asking but you'd be surprised how often rescues get questioned on their rehoming costs. Some people really do believe that it costs next to nothing to run a charity and those that are paying people to care for the animals must be doing something wrong. In an ideal world charities could rely on volunteers to cover 24 hours a day seven days a week. To commit to being there as required, whatever the weather. To have their own source of income that allows them to give at least 20 hours a week, free of charge. But I’m afraid it’s impossible to run any sort of rescue that has animals in its care completely “free of costs”. Lets exclude staff costs to begin with and look at some of the other things that all add up in the expenditure column:Vets bills - many vets provide amazing support by reduced costs to animal charities but even so monthly bills of anything from £1,000 are not surprising. Insurance - No correctly governed charity can run without public liability, employee liability (even volunteers need insuring), buildings and contents and of course vehicles. All of this adds up to an annual cost starting at £4,000. Utilities - no real freebies here and we all know the cost of electricity. With heating and the amount of washing required then we need to find at least £300 a month. Of course depending on the resources used there may be additional costs for gas and heating oil. And then there's the phone and water to add into the cost.

and repairs that may come out of the blue so financial reserves need to be available for the inevitable repair that will happen. Of course some maintenance is routine, for example every five years the electrical system has to be checked and certified safe. That'll be another £2000 gone then. Everything you use, from washing machines to furniture, has a life span and again, a cost. And then there's - cleaning materials, lots of supportive businesses out there but they still can't give everything away free. Fundraising - hang on you say, how can that cost money? In some circumstances licences and permits are required, fundraising materials need to be purchased. Online options may require some investment even if only to get them started. I once spoke to the Fundraising Manager from a very large "people" charity who were holding a charity cycle ride. A lot of resources were provided to the riders and I asked how they considered the costs of putting on such an event. His reply was that they estimated what they expected the event to raise and invested a third to actually hold the event. How much do you expect this to raise, I asked. £100,000 was the reply. I agree you certainly need to be confident to invest hat sort of money but as with many things you do have to speculate to accumulate sometimes. Let me add that not many animal rescues I know of would risk an investment like that though and any such investment would have to be done in the most cost effective way! So please, when you consider rehoming please remember that although we are a charity it doesn't mean we get everything free.

Vehicles - you can't get to the vets, help collect animals etc without a vehicle so there's the usual fuel, road tax, servicing and repairs to fund.

Ben Wilkes, Border Collie Trust Border Collie Trust are shortlisted in The Charity Film Awards 2020

Ongoing maintenance - buildings often require maintenance

n For further information visit www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk




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When Do We Help?

Abandoned Animals

This includes a multitude of sins puppies and kittens are dumped in dustbins, 'phone boxes and even rivers or canals; dogs are left tied to lamp posts or outside shops; cats are tipped out onto the street when babies are born; animals are thrown from windows or down rubbish chutes; they may be left with the vet when the bill is too high and the vet contacts us to help. Sometimes they are thrown from cars, even on the motorway. Worst of all people may move house leaving the animals in the house without food or water.

Cruelty Cases

There is an obvious overlap with abandoned cases here, but also underfeeding, beating and general neglect occurs. Animals are left without proper veterinary care for illness or injury. An owner should be acutely ware of their pet's condition in order to detect illness at an early stage. If this is not done, great suffering may be caused. Sometimes dogs are chained in yards without adequate shelter or without food or water. They may be left on exposed balconies of flats that leads to suffering through hot or cold weather.

Unwanted Pets Although Christmas is the season of goodwill it only extends to all men and not their pets! The biggest numbers are discarded around Christmas. However, the practice of getting rid of pets to make way for a new baby; because the pet is too expensive or simply because the novelty has worn off goes on all year round. The fluffy kitten or cute puppy grows up and loses its appeal or damages the house and out it goes. People need to be responsible owners and it can be expensive, especially at the vets. They need to think whether they can really afford a pet before getting one.


Healthy dogs are catered for by the Manchester Dogs Home for lost Dogs, and the Dog Warden. So if we are called to a healthy stray dog it goes through these channels. Dogs that are sick or injured are picked up as with all injured or sick animals and taken to the vets instantly. Cats do not have the same law governing them and there is no specific place for them to go. We mainly deal with sick, injured or long-term stray cats. Firstly, the vet decides on their stage of health –only on the vet's advice is an animal put to sleep. This occurs when it is beyond help or, if suffering from a virulent infection, to avoid cross infection of healthy animals. When the animals is nursed back to health it will be neutered so that no further offspring may become a problem. It is then made available for re-homing. Homes are found through vets, other societies and by adverts in the local newspapers. The sanctuaries are open between 10.00am and 4.00pm seven days a week. All homes are checked and new owners sign an adoption 18


form before taking an animal with dogs you have to visit the canine 3 times at least before deciding.

People's Problems

Though we are an animal charity primarily, we are regularly asked to help people. If a person living alone is taken ill then we may be asked to help and arrange care for their pet. This has also occurred if an owner is sent to prison or made homeless. Animals don't make problems, people do. They don't ask to be taken in. We, as people, have a choice whether to give them a home. If we decide to do it then we accept a responsibility to care for them. A well cared for pet, with food; warmth, love and proper veterinary treatment will give in return, love, loyalty, companionship and true friendship. Caring for him/her is a small price to pay.

We could do with your help!

Animals in Distress was founded in 1967 to alleviate the suffering of sick and injured animals. This is still the main aim today. It is achieved through a number of methods. These include 24-hour rescue, veterinary treatment, neutering and a micro-chipping scheme. Education, advice programmes and work experience placements back up these practical steps. This work involves strays, abandoned animals, cruelty cases and road traffic accidents and with the new Retirement Home we are able to offer long term care to older animals. We have now been running more than 50 years But we could not survive without your help. Caring for creatures all great and small including wildlife.


Our 24hr emergency work is the most difficult, costly and unpredictable. The www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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majority of cases stem from road accidents and owners are rarely found. The animals are examined by a vet and if too badly injured they have their suffering ended by a painless injection. Most are treated and kept to convalesce before being neutered and re-homed. This can be expensive, as a broken leg can cost over £250 and an x-ray around £60.

The two sanctuaries have rising vet's fees, food, disinfectants, mortgage, insurance and transport costs. Our resources are stretched to the limit. We need your support to enable our expanding work to continue. We have bought steam cleaners which has helped us save costs in disinfectants and kills bacteria more quickly and efficiently. This is something that the hospitals do and find works better in keeping down infection.

For more information Founder Mrs Sylvia Durham MBE Tel: 01706 371731 Charity number: 515886

n Animals in Distress was Founded in 1967 www.animals-in-distress.co.uk Registered charity number 515886 Affiliated to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Emergency Number 07850605283

Charity number: 515886


55 Silver Street, Irlam, Salford, Greater Manchester, M44 6HT Tel: 0161 775 2221

Animals In Distress Field Of Dreams: Farm animals and reptiles Swaindrod Lane, Littleborough, Lancs, OL15 0LE Tel: 01706 371731



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How Memberships and Legacies help animals at Leicester Animal Aid Leicester Animal Aid is a rescue and rehoming centre in Huncote, Leicestershire. The Centre was the idea of local animal lover Dorothea Farndon, whose vision and generosity led her to found the charity in 1956 in a response to a lack of local provision for stray animals. Since then, LAA has grown from humble beginnings to the thriving Centre it is today. Every year more than 400 dogs and cats who are lost, abandoned, neglected, unwanted or given up because their owners can no longer care for them, are looked after until suitable forever homes can be found. LAA does not receive Government funding or National Lottery grants. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public and local business to keep our doors open to the hundreds of animals who need our help. Like many rescue and rehoming centres, here at LAA our relationship with the animal-loving public is at the heart of everything we do. We consider ourselves lucky to have the trust and support of the local public. But equally, it is not uncommon for people to travel from places far and wide to adopt an animal if he or she is the right fit for their family. We are ideally located for visitors, being close to the M1 and other major motorways. Like all charities, LAA continually explores ways of diversifying income. But two sources of support that have remained a great help to our animals over the years are Memberships and legacies. Being a Membership organisation, with memberships starting from £3 per month, affords us a regular, reliable and predictable income. This is an important factor when budgeting for all of our animals’ needs. Cats like Lucky and dogs like Max receive the best of care. Not only are their basic needs considered (tasty, suitable food and warm, cosy beds) we also spend time, money and a lot of thought on enrichment activities. These activities take many forms: training, appropriate games and toys, climbing and hiding places for cats and even an adventure playground for dogs where they can run, climb, bond with humans and just, well, be dogs! Coming into rescue can be a stressful time for animals. We do everything we can to make sure they are comforted, loved and kept busy with fun and rewarding activities. Currently, around a third of our income comes from donations in Wills. Legacies, although they are less Max


predictable, are incredibly important to us, allowing us to complete specific projects, repairs and changes to the fabric of our Centre, which we could otherwise not afford. We work closely with solicitors and families to fulfil our supporters’ wishes and Gifts in Wills are a good opportunity to create a lasting legacy and make a significant, difference to a cause close to your heart The kind nature and foresight of those who leave donations to the Charity in their Wills, means that we can continue Dorothea's vision and help dogs and cats now and for many more years to come. One legacy from recent years enabled us to build an extension to our Cattery. Specifically, we were able to create two new enrichment chill-out rooms for our cats. The two new, purpose-built spaces replicate a living room, with lots of extra features for cats to explore and enjoy. They include bespoke climbing shelves and bridges, cat trees made from actual trees, a cat wheel which the kittens love, enrichment toys, window seats to watch the world go by, and a sofa to cuddle up with our Volunteer Pet Sitters. One cat currently enjoying the chill-out rooms is Lucky. This lovely lady came to us due to her previous owner’s ill health. Lucky is energetic by nature and loves having extra space to explore and play. Lucky also greatly enjoys the company of our Cat Sitters (volunteers who visit the cats on a weekly basis.) Spending time in the chill-out rooms, which are equipped with comfy sofas just right for a quick snuggle, gives Lucky the opportunity to have some quality time with a human friend. The extra rooms are a real home from home and just what some cats need. n More information on leaving a gift in a Will and becoming a member is available at www.leicesteranimalaid.org.uk or by calling 01455 888257 or emailing info@leicesteranimalaid.org.uk




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Making happy endings from tough beginnings In August 2015 HorseWorld, in collaboration with a number of other organisations, were involved in the rescue of over sixty horses all of whom were living in states of extreme neglect. Most of them were starving and living amongst the dead bodies of others who hadn’t survived. The horses were running wild. Stallions, mares and foals, left to fend for themselves, had formed family groups. They were all feral and terrified of being anywhere near people.


hanks to the work of HorseWorld’s Training and Rehabilitation Grooms, Enzo was one of the lucky ones. He was rescued from the farm and is now living his best life with wonderful re-homer Judy Lancaster; “I collected Enzo on the 9th September 2017. He was a gangly 12hh, ginger two-year-old. I remember thinking to myself ‘I hope he grows!’. When we first got him home he was very timid. I spent lots of time with him to gain his trust; I’d spend hours just sitting in the field with him so he could learn I wasn’t a threat. Once he was more settled I started walking him out, and doing lots of groundwork with him and our bond grew stronger. I am absolutely delighted with how well he has taken all the training in his stride! Earlier this year, after we checked with the vets, he began learning how to be a ridden horse. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Enzo has developed into the most amazing pony, with the best character; he pulls all kinds of faces and loves stealing goodies out of the tack room! I can’t imagine life without him. He’s truly my best friend and he’ll have a home with me forever. I can’t wait to see what our future together holds.”

How rehoming a HorseWorld horse works…

You can meet some of the horses waiting for their forever homes at HorseWorld’s Open Day on Saturday 4th April. Check their website for updates and more information. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

HorseWorld’s main priority is finding the perfect match between re-homer and horse, so that they can create more happy endings like Judy and Enzo’s. They’ll want to chat with you about what you’re looking for from your new addition to the herd; are they going to be a companion? Will you want to start fun things like agility? Do you have aspirations of showing or are you just happy to give a pony in need a loving home?

If it sounds like there’s a potential match between you and a HorseWorld horse, you’ll be invited to the charity’s yard in South Bristol. It’s an opportunity for you and your potential new equine pal to meet, and start getting to know each other. If the first meeting goes well, a second visit will be arranged at which you can spend more time with the horse, including bringing them in from the field, grooming, and so on. After a second successful visit to the yard, if you feel the partnership has potential, one of the HorseWorld team will visit where you intend to keep the horse. Of course, each horse has practical needs which must be met to ensure they can continue to live a healthy and happy life so the charity will want to see that you’ve got the facilities, resources and space required. On completion of a successful home visit, there’s nothing more to do but arrange a date for you and your new horse to start an exciting new chapter together! Whilst the charity always hopes that any rehoming will be forever, they’re also aware that situations can change. To ensure that the horse’s wellbeing is always priority, all rehomed horses remain the property of HorseWorld so that they can return to the charity should unforeseen circumstances arise. HorseWorld is a fairly small organisation so are only able to rehome to locations around 90 minutes away from their yard in Bristol, but allowances can sometimes be made in exceptional circumstances. n Take a look at their website at www.horseworld.org.uk/rehoming to see the characters who are waiting to find their forever homes, and for more information call the HorseWorld team on 01275 832067. To be kept updated with new arrivals be sure to sign up for their rehoming alert emails via the website. RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 FEBRUARY – 29 MARCH 2020


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Vera - Getting cosy

Little Vera rescued from Hungary to her forever home I first met this little girl in Hungary whilst on a voluntary trip Lindsey Scanlon, Founder of French Bulldog Saviours talks about Vera's journey with French Bulldog Saviours where she had been rescued by a local kennel

Little Vera


I first saw her when I volunteered to go with FBS to Hungary and as soon as I saw this little lady it was apparent that she had some special needs. I asked that we be considered to foster her with the view to us giving her a forever home. This was in October and she had to be left at the kennel when we returned home until the next transport was arranged. She was also very thin and had eye issues. In November she was well enough to make the transport which set off on the 28th arriving on the 30th. Once home she settled quickly with our other dogs and cats and aps taken to visit our vet who diagnosed an ulcer in her left eye and dry eye in both lots of eye drops and antibiotics followed. She patiently allowed all these drops and tablets to be given and happilly settled into the family. Despite any abuse that she had suffered whilst in Hungary she quickly ahowed what a loving and cheeky character she has, seeking out cupddles from us and her fur siblings snuggling up to our china rescue girl as if she were her mother. She was extremely small and thin with a strange gait and a huge appetite we quickly got her onto a raw diet and with this ahe has gained a little weight mainly in height rather than.bulk. We very quickly knew that this little girl was in her forever home and requested that her atatus be changed from foster to adopt which


Very at home with her new forever family

thankfully was sanctioned. Vera’s eyes improved over the following few months and the ulcer is under control though the vision is still seriously affected in her right eye and she will need drops for life and unfortunately her cognition abilty means that she is still not able to be tiolet trained. We accept that these issues are a very small price to pay for the love, affection and fun that this little character gives to us every day. n For more information visit www.frenchbulldogssaviours.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Finding the pawfect pet insurance Adopting an animal can be a fulfilling experience, but there is lots to consider before deciding to bring a new pet home. Does the breed fit your lifestyle? How expensive will they be? It is sensible to research costs associated with different pet breeds before making any animal part of the family. A new study from Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance found one in five (22%) people have regretted getting their pet and 10% of these pet owners cited not realising how expensive a pet would be as the reason they regretted their decision. One way to help protect yourself from future costs is to consider pet insurance once you bring your pet home. Sainsbury’s Bank has launched a new suite of pet insurance products and services to cater for the various needs of different breeds of cats and dogs. These include a range of lifetime cover options for dogs and cats, with the highest level covering up to £7,500 in vet fees each year. There is also time-limited cover, with a limit of up to £3,000 in vet fees. In addition, dental cover, complementary treatment and physiotherapy, are included as part of the veterinary fees cover. The new pet insurance products have been developed with the Sainsbury’s customer in mind. A study of Sainsbury’s shoppers found 46% of pet owners considered lifetime cover as the most important feature when insuring their pet. Lifetime Cover is considered the most complete type of pet insurance available. For example if an ongoing condition develops during the life of the policy, the policy will continue to provide cover for as long as it remains in force up to the annual cover limit. Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance customers that are also Nectar members, can take advantage of a guaranteed discount and bonus points when purchasing insurance for

their cat or dog. A separate study of Sainsbury’s shoppers found that 41% of pet insurance customers have switched providers and the top reason was cost. Sainsbury’s Bank offers Nectar members double Nectar points on Sainsbury’s shopping and fuel and those who have more than one cat or dog can take advantage of a multi-pet discount. Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance customers also have access to a dedicated 24-hour veterinary nurse line that is open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays. The line is staffed by a team of qualified veterinary nurses who will be able to provide on-the-spot advice about a pet’s condition.

A Pawfect Match

Only 49% of potential pet owners spend any time undertaking research on breeds ahead of adopting a pet. In particular just 31% of cat owners put in time to research their pet. To help soon-to-be pet owners, Sainsbury’s Bank has launched the Pawfect Match tool https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/petinsurance/pawfect-match to enable future pet owners to make informed decisions when choosing the most suitable breed for them. The tool enables dog and cat owners to research the various attributes of breeds including how much exercise they will need, how excitable the animal is and how well they get on with children. Sainsbury’s Bank’s accompanying Pawfect Care tool https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/pet-insurance/pawfect-care also gives useful guidance to pet owners about how to look after their particular breed of pet.

Top tips when looking for pet insurance If you have chosen your new cat or dog, congratulations! Now it’s time to consider buying pet insurance. Before you purchase a policy, check out these top tips on finding the right pet insurance for you. 1. Research your chosen pet breed. Are they prone to ongoing illnesses? Understanding your pet’s future health will help you make the best decision on the level of cover you need. 2. Talk to a veterinary professional. These animal experts deal with different pet breeds on a daily basis and can offer insight on expected levels of vet bills. 3. Consider multi-pet discount. If you are adopting more than one animal, or already have a furry friend at home, you could benefit from a multi-pet discount. 4. Check additional treatment cover. Make sure to research www.rescueandanimalcare.com

different policies to understand if treatments such as dental work are covered. 5. Get something back for your spending. Consider if you can earn rewards when purchasing a policy, such as collecting Nectar points. Terms and conditions apply to both Sainsbury’s Bank pet insurance products, and any related Nectar offer(s). n For more info visit https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/pet-insurance



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Hello spring!

Welcome to your spring issue of Tails, the first of a brandnew decade!

Front cover photo of Head Nurse Charlotte and patient Max by Pooch & Pineapple.

Read about a typical working day for the veterinary nurses in Mayhew’s Community Vet Clinic on pages 18 and 19.

Our vision

A society where people understand the importance and value of animal welfare.

Our mission

To promote animal welfare by delivering a broad range of community-based veterinary, care and education services in the UK and overseas.

for dogs, cats and communities Editor: Shelley Warnaby shelley@mayhewanimalhome.org Design: arc, www.arc-cs.com

Many thanks to our contributors and photographers: Patricia Benitez, Jess Feehan, Audrey Granger, Sarah Hastelow, Graham Hilling, Alissa Johnson, Marie Clare Macintosh, Pooch & Pineapple, Georgie Wishart, Natassja Yoxall.

Printed on 100% recycled paper. Please pass on to a friend and recycle after reading.

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There’s something about this time of year that prompts reflection, whether that’s looking back at past experiences or forward to the adventures ahead. The last ten years have been full of exciting changes and achievements for Mayhew, at home in London and across the globe. We’ve crammed the highlights into a whistle-stop round-up on page 8, so take a look and remember that none of this would have happened without your support.

As for 2020? We’re starting as we mean to go on, with a creative campaign designed to raise awareness of the powerful bond between humans and animals (page 20), which, if you’ve been travelling around London, you may have seen in underground stations. We’ve got some fun events coming up (page 5), new challenges for you to take on (page 6), volunteering opportunities for the cat lovers among you (page 10) and, of course, lots of lovely animals looking for their forever homes (page 16). We can already tell it’s going to be a great year! Finally, you might have noticed that there’s something different about your magazine’s packaging this issue – it’s now made from 100% recyclable plastic! So if your New Year’s resolution was to be a little greener, we’ve got you covered.

A platinum-star thanks!



We’d like to say a big thank you to our wonderful Platinum Business Members – Leivars, Locale Southbank, AKT II and ProtectaPet – for their support. If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of supporting Mayhew through a Platinum Business Membership, visit themayhew.org/donate/ business-membership.

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Mayhew news

Tune in to Oli Juste



Run for #TeamMayhew 2020!

Celebrate good times


Beautiful Barbara, rescued just in time


Looking for a home


Guest chat: Lesley Nicol


A day in the life of our veterinary nurses

Time for Tobi to put his paws up!


2010–2020: a pawsome decade for Mayhew!



A life, shared

My four-legged friend



Tail high and feeling good!

A helping hand for cats in need


Moving with your pet

Mayhew International

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Your letters

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A bumper Christmas for Mayhew!


e kicked off our celebrations for Christmas 2019 with a fun-filled fair and a star-studded carols evening, raising over ÂŁ11,000 for animals in need!

At the end of November we welcomed over 300 Mayhew supporters through our doors for our Christmas Fair. Guests browsed a variety of stalls, stocking up on gifts and enjoying warming mulled wine and delicious vegan mince pies. There was live music and the chance to say hello to some of our cats and TheraPaws dogs – the perfect start to the season of goodwill!

A visit from Santa


omedian and Mayhew supporter Alan Carr popped into our Home in Kensal Green just before Christmas to drop off some presents for our dogs and say hello to our hard-working staff. As you can imagine, it was a total hoot! If you fancy a chuckle, check out the video online: mayh.ws/AlanCarrSanta.

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Our Carols at Christmas was held at the beautiful St Giles-in-the-Fields church in Covent Garden. Hosted by actor Danni Menzies, it was a wonderful evening of favourite festive tunes and heart-warming performances. Guests were entertained by singer and actor Danny John-Jules and international soprano Janis Kelly, and treated to readings from world-famous actor of stage and screen Robert Powell and muchloved stage and television star James Bolam. Thank you to everyone who attended these events, and to our sponsors, Natusan and Pedigree Pens.

An evening with Jane Fallon: 22 April 2020


estselling author Jane Fallon will be our guest for an evening in aid of Mayhew on Wednesday 22 April, 7 to 9pm, at the beautiful and historic Burgh House in Hampstead, London. Jane will be discussing her latest book, Queen Bee, and will be answering your questions – including those concerning her Twitter-famous cat Ollie! For more information and to book tickets, visit themayhew.org/events.

Keep an eye on our website for details of our upcoming events: themayhew.org/events. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

A warm welcome to our new Senior Vet


Mayhew Open Day


ave the date for our Mayhew Open Day on Sunday 3 May 2020. Our annual street party is an action-packed day of music, treats and stalls, plus the opportunity to look around the Home and meet some Mayhew cats up for adoption and our TheraPaws dogs. We look forward to welcoming you!

xperienced vet and clinical director Justin Ainsworth joined Mayhew in September 2019 as our Senior Vet. Justin graduated from the University of Bristol in 2001 and has worked with the RSPCA and PDSA, as well as private-referral veterinary hospitals. He came to Mayhew from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where he developed his knowledge of and skills in shelter medicine. Justin tells us, “I was drawn to Mayhew for its innovative projects and close links with the local community, which I am keen to help expand.”

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Run for #TeamMayhew in 2020!


Travel through the heart of London’s East End, crossing 12 rivers and passing through the colourful streets of Hackney Wick and historic Broadway Market while enjoying panoramic views of the Olympic Park.


Date and location: Sunday 5 July, London Registration fee: £25 Fundraising target: £250



Duncan Barnard (Royal Parks Half Marathon)


Take part in one of London’s most highprofile running events, threading your way past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks for what promises to be a highlight of any runner’s 2020 calendar.

“Running for my favourite charity

was an honour. I enjoyed promoting Mayhew while raising funds, and I had a wonderful race day.”


Date and location: Sunday 17 May, London Registration fee: £25 Fundraising target: £300


Looking for a challenge for 2020? Why not sign up for one of these sporting events and run for Mayhew – every pound you raise will help dogs and cats in need.



Date and location: Sunday 13 September, Newcastle Registration fee: £30 Fundraising target: £300 Secure your place in the world’s biggest half-marathon, now in its 40th year! The race takes place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is topped off by a display from the Red Arrows.



For more details about these and other challenge events, visit themayhew.org/events. Alternatively, contact our Events team by email at events@mayhewanimalhome.org or phone on 020 8206 5872 for more information and a free fundraising pack.

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Date and location: Sunday 11 October, London Registration fee: £30 Fundraising target: £300

Run on closed city centre roads through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens – in this stunning half-marathon. This is the capital as you have never seen it before.

Visit runforcharity.com and search ‘Mayhew’ for a full list of challenge events you can participate in to raise funds for us!

Guest chat: Lesley Nicol


e’re delighted that the wonderful actress Lesley Nicol joins us for our ‘Guest chat’ this issue. Animal lover and Mayhew supporter Lesley has enjoyed a hugely diverse career, starring in musicals, theatre and television productions. She is recognised across the world for playing the beloved Mrs Patmore in the hugely successful Downton Abbey.

How did you become involved in animal welfare?

There is an awful injustice in how animals are cruelly treated but have no voice and no choice. When I joined Twitter, I discovered more about animal welfare and began following like-minded people. I’m one of

the UK Ambassadors for a charity called Animals Asia, who I joined after seeing a video online. I also support Medical Detection Dogs, a UK charity that trains dogs to detect early signs of a number of cancers and other diseases, as well as supporting those at risk from conditions such as type 1 diabetes.

How did you first come across Mayhew?

I first attended a Mayhew event a few years ago with my friend the actor Peter Egan and was very impressed! There is a lot of love, skill and hard work happening at Mayhew – it’s amazing! Last year I had a very busy schedule with the Downton Abbey film but was able to attend the opening of the new kennels, which are brilliant and designed to increase the well-being of the dogs. Mayhew is doing incredible work.

Tell us about the animals in your life

We have two dogs: Bertie and Freddie. When we bought Bertie, it was before I was involved at all with animal welfare. We have since rescued Freddie – and now I know better, I will only rescue in the future.

It’s fascinating to live with two dogs that are so different. Bertie has never really had a bad day, and is very happy and slightly entitled! But Freddie, who was pretty traumatised when we got him, never seems to stop being grateful to us. He really doesn’t like going out much, but at home he is full of joy and sticks to us like glue! If I had to pick a glitzy show-business party or a long country walk with my dogs, it would be a walk, no contest!

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a pawsome decade for Mayhew! M

ayhew is a charity with an incredibly rich history. For example, did you know that we were originally founded in 1886 to benefit the lost and starving dogs and cats of London? A lot has changed since then, and the last decade has been especially full of exciting changes and achievements, so join us as we look back.




After celebrating our 130th birthday in 2016, we changed our name from The Mayhew Animal Home to Mayhew, with a new strapline: ‘For dogs, cats and communities’. Mayhew is so much more than an animal shelter, and we wanted to make sure that our name encompassed our proactive community projects and preventative veterinary work.



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Your support has meant that we have been able to refurbish some essential areas within our Home: a brand-new veterinary clinic was unveiled by Louis Theroux in 2016; work was completed on our cattery in 2012; and our innovative new kennels opened its doors in 2019. These improvements have meant we’ve been able to help even more animals and pet owners in need.


Our welfare and community work has gone from strength to strength. We have doubled our team of Animal Welfare Officers, who have in turn helped thousands of animals stay with their loving owners, and rescued just as many cats and dogs who had been abandoned or abused. We also introduced our animal therapy programme TheraPaws in 2012 to support those in residential homes, hospitals, hospices and day centres across London.



Thousands of dogs and cats (and even a few rabbits!) have been rehomed in the last ten years. At one point our Home was inundated with Staffordshire bull terriers and other bull breeds, but more recently this trend has changed, as more and more members of the public buy ‘designer’ breeds such as French bulldogs or poodle crosses without fully understanding their medical needs and the expense of keeping them.




We have also been lucky enough to be recognised for our work, winning awards such as Petplan and ADCH’s Animal Charity Team of the Year in 2016 and The Good Web Guide’s Charity Website of the Year in 2018. Our Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Abdul Jalil Mohammadzai DVM, has received well-deserved accolades that recognise his dedication and innovative work helping thousands of animals. In 2017 he won Petplan and ADCH’s Special Recognition Award, and in 2018 the Animal Hero Award for the same category, while in 2019 he received a World Rabies Day award in the global (individual) category and was named in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons honours list.

We’ve continued to fight for improved animal welfare, and in 2016 we celebrated the government’s introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs. This made a huge impact on the animal welfare community and we hope to see the same for cats soon. We have also been part of important campaigns such as ‘Lucy’s Law’ (fighting for a ban on puppy farms) and ‘Better Deal for Animals’ (ensuring that animals are not forgotten during the Brexit process).


Our international teams have made some monumental changes to animal welfare abroad too. In Afghanistan, we convinced Kabul Municipality to stop culling dogs and instead humanely manage the free-roaming dog population through a Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme. Our Georgian team facilitated the rescue of three bear cubs and, with your support, relocated them to a bear sanctuary in northern Greece. The teams in Afghanistan and Georgia have benefitted from training by Mayhew, and their skills and knowledge are now being passed on locally when training new vets.


In 2019, The Duchess of Sussex chose to become Mayhew’s Patron. The Duchess has long understood the connection between animal and community welfare, and we were delighted to be selected and to work together to help even more animals and people.





None of this could have happened without your help. You’ve supported us in so many ways: in 2017, when our animal ambulance was stolen, you rallied together to help us buy a new one; you’ve volunteered, attended fundraising events, baked cakes and run marathons! It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you at our events, from Tinsel and Tails to Hounds on the Heath, from our Open Day to Carols at Christmas. Thank you from all at Mayhew, and here’s to the next ten years!

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A helping hand for cats in need


large number of cats and kittens come through Mayhew’s doors each year, and there are times when our cattery and kitten block are full. Fortunately, we have some truly amazing volunteer cat foster carers on hand to provide a temporary home to some of our cats, and extra attention to those who need it. This invaluable support means we can free up space at Mayhew so we can help even more animals.

Why foster care?

Although we work hard to make sure our cattery is as comfy and homely as possible, some animals don’t cope well in a shelter environment or may benefit from one-to-one care. Our Cattery and Welfare teams work together to decide what is best for each cat on an individual basis.

Going to a foster carer can be more restful for those recuperating from medical treatment, while for cats who display stress-related behaviour, it is useful to see if this improves in a home environment. Nursing queens (mums feeding kittens) also do best in

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foster care since it helps their little ones get used to the sights and noises of a home and grow into happy, sociable cats. Unfortunately, not all kittens get this chance due to a shortage of foster carers who can take on youngsters, so we are always looking for more volunteers.

Foster carers share!

Our cat foster carers do an amazing job! They give a loving home to a cat, providing a more natural, less stressful environment for them while they are under Mayhew’s care. Here some of our fantastic volunteers share their experiences.

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“When my lovely cat passed away a few years ago I was devastated. I was missing him dreadfully but didn’t want to get another cat of my own, so my daughter, who had been volunteering for Mayhew, suggested I look into fostering. I spoke to Georgina [Mayhew’s Cat Fostering Coordinator] and was interviewed and home checked.


“I began fostering for Mayhew in 2015. I had been looking to adopt a cat but was finding it difficult as I don’t have a garden. However, when I saw that Mayhew was looking for cat foster carers, I realised that having no garden was an advantage! [Most foster cats need to stay inside.] I have loved fostering and have met so many different cats with unique personalities. I am currently looking after a mum and her five kittens. They arrived when they were a week old and it has been wonderful to see the kittens grow. The support I have had from Mayhew is wonderful and I would really recommend the experience.”

“Being a foster carer makes

a real difference to the lives of some of our cats. It is a rewarding role, but it requires time, patience and commitment.” Georgina Costi, Cat Fostering Coordinator

“Georgina warned me not to get too attached, so I treat this like a job. I’ve looked after five cats, all with very different personalities, for different lengths of time. I wanted to help Mayhew and to help cats and I feel I’ve done exactly that! Mayhew gives me lots of advice and sometimes I have instructions – for example, when my recent foster Hamish needed to lose weight. That was a real challenge as he loved his food!”


“My favourite thing about fostering is seeing the cats transform and learn to trust and be loved again. It is hard to say goodbye, but when you see the joy on the adopter’s face and hear how happy the cat is in their new home, it’s the best feeling! I will never forget each of my foster cats. I think they’ve really changed my life for the better, as I hope I have theirs!”


We really rely on our cat foster carers. Those that sign up to help should be ready to take on the minimum six-month commitment to fostering that we require. Foster carers also play a helpful role in finding the right new owner for their charges, as when prospective adopters visit, they see the cat in a home environment and have the opportunity to ask the foster carer questions. We are currently looking for foster carers for both cats and kittens. There are some requirements for the role, including not owning other pets, having experience of cats, living within the catchment area and being at home for part of the day – you can find full details at themayhew.org/fostering. If you would like to help, you can speak to our Cat Fostering Coordinator by calling Mayhew on 020 8962 8000.

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Moving with your pet Y

ou’ve found a new home – congratulations! We know that planning, packing and the move itself can be a stressful experience for you and your furry friends, so here are our top tips to ensure things go smoothly.

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• Scent mark : Dogs and cats use

scent to mark their territory, so gently rub your pet’s face with a cotton cloth then dab at strategic points throughout the house to make it smell like home.

• Explore slowly : Once you’re

settled, close doors and windows and let your pet out for a little exploration.

• Be present : If possible, spend a IN THE RUN-UP

• Make a plan : Consider boarding your pet at their regular cattery or kennels, or with friends or family, while you move (remember that all vaccinations, flea and worming treatment must be up to date).

• Get travel-ready : Check you

have everything you need (car harness or travel crate, cat carrier, travel bowls, etc). Ask your vet for advice if necessary, particularly if the journey is a long one.

• Do your admin : If using a removal

company, make them aware that you’re moving with a pet. Notify your pet insurance provider of the change of address and sign up with a new vet if you’re heading out of the area.

• Prep your pet : Choose a room

to pack up early and make it home base for your pet. Feed meals there and kit it out with their bed and toys, plus a litter tray and scratch post for cats. Hold off on washing bedding – the smell will give them a sense of security.


• Keep them in : If you’ve decided

against boarding your pet, shut them in your chosen room early on move day, with windows closed and a sign on the door for movers and family members to avoid accidental escapes. If you have a kitty that can go outside, you may want to lock the cat flap the night before.

few days after the move at home with your pet – your presence will help them see the new house as their happy place. Feeding smaller meals more regularly can also reinforce your bond.

• Stick to a schedule : Getting

back into a routine will reassure your pet that everything’s fine – pick a place to feed them and for cats to use the litter tray, and try not to tell them off if accidents happen.

• Give comfort : Feed your pet as

normal (but not too close to travelling) and try to set aside some time to stroke or play with them for reassurance. They may benefit from a calming pheromone spray or plug-in (available online or from your vet or local pet store).

• Stay safe : Leave moving your pet

until the very last minute. Make sure they are on their lead or in their crate or carrier before opening the door.

• Prioritise your pet : Unpack your

pet’s new home base first! Keep them secure until a room has been set up with their familiar items and pop that sign back on the door.

“When moving house, always make

plans ahead of time for what will happen to your pets on the move day itself.” Alisa Ford, Deputy Head of Animal Welfare

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Letting your pet outside

Our Deputy Head of Animal Welfare Tanya Madden advises waiting at least three weeks before reintroducing your cat to the great outdoors. In the meantime, sprinkle some used litter around the perimeter of your garden to let neighbourhood felines know there’s a newcomer.

When ready, let your cat out in the morning, before they’ve been fed, so there’s an incentive to come back. Allow them to explore at their own pace, then after ten minutes or so shake their treats to call them in for a tasty reward. Gradually increase the length of outings, but save after-dark excursions until they’re confident in their new territory, and be aware of things like fireworks or storms which could disorientate them. There’s no need to keep dogs inside, but make sure your garden is secure and walk them on-lead for the first few weeks.

Staying in the same area?

Cats especially bond strongly with their home turf, so if you’re not moving far there’s a chance they may be tempted to return. It’s less likely with dogs, but not unheard of! Put safeguards in place by giving the new owners or a neighbour your number and asking them to call if your pet comes knocking. If it does happen, don’t panic – simply repeat the previous steps (scent marking, routine, reassurance) to help your pet realise their new home is where they want to be!

Don’t move without a microchip!

Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure that if they go missing before, during or after the move, you will quickly be reunited. If your pet is already chipped, be sure to update your registered contact details. A collar and tag listing your phone number is a good extra precaution. Mayhew offers low-cost microchipping at our Community Vet Clinic – call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhew animalhome.org to book.

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Beautiful Barbara, rescued just in time

If you follow Mayhew on social media, you may have heard about Barbara, a sweet ginger kitten who was, quite literally, thrown away like rubbish. Last November, a member of the public was shocked to hear a pitiful mewing coming from some nearby wheelie bins. On closer inspection, she found a cat carrier taped up and left out for the bin men – a cat carrier with a tiny, terrified kitten trapped inside. She immediately called Mayhew for help, and our Animal Welfare team advised her to bring the carrier straight to us. On arrival, we discovered Barbara – starving, scared and covered in her own urine. To make matters worse, her collar had been wrapped tightly around her neck and she was slowly suffocating. Unsurprisingly, she was in a considerable amount of distress and pain from being trapped inside such a small space for an unknown length of time with no food or water.

Our vets carefully coaxed Barbara out of her carrier so they could examine her properly. They then managed to remove her collar and wash her, before settling her down in a warm and cosy cabin in our cattery to recover. When she was feeling a little calmer, they proceeded with a full health check and made sure she had not suffered any lasting effects from her ordeal.

Barbara was incredibly lucky that her cries were heard and that we were alerted in time. If she hadn’t been found, she would have been tossed inside a bin lorry, where she may then have been crushed to death or abandoned on a landfill site with no hope of escape. It is thanks to the quick reaction of the member of the public who discovered her

and called Mayhew, and to our supporters who enable us to continue our work helping animals in need, that Barbara was saved. We are delighted to report that this beautiful puss has recuperated well and is now settled in a forever home with a new family who love her a great deal.

We need your help

With your support, we can continue to save animals like Barbara. Make a donation today by completing the form included with this copy of Tails, or online at themayhew.org/donate. Thank you for your support.

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LOOKING FO We rehome hundreds of cats and dogs each year. patiently at Mayhew for their forever


Male, 2 years 11 months

Likes: Lovely Oliver is a sensitive sweetheart who will make a loyal companion when he settles into his forever home. He loves to snuggle and roll on his back for belly rubs!

Essentials: Oliver can become stressed and anxious easily, and requires lots of one-to-one attention. He will need an owner with the experience to continue his training and the time to give him daily paw, chin and skin cleaning and regular baths. Oliver needs to live somewhere rural without too many neighbouring pups.

Female, 12 years 2 month

Likes: Beautiful Bowie is a sweet, chatty girl who still has bundles of energy and tons of love to give. This lovely lady likes nothing more than a long walk and a cuddle afterwards – she thinks she is a lapdog, despite her size! She is very playful and loves a good game of fetch or entertaining herself with one of her many toys!


Essentials: Bowie doesn’t cope well with being left alone, so would need to live with someone who is around during the day. She can sometimes be a bit grumpy with other dogs so her new home would ideally be rural with lots of long walks on the doorstep.

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FOR A HOME Here are some of the amazing animals waiting home. Could you be their pawfect pal?

LINDA Female, 4 years 3 months

Likes: Sweet and gentle Linda can be shy at first, but once you have bonded, she will be a loving companion for life. Two of Linda’s favourite things are cuddles and nibbles – this girl loves her food! Essentials: Linda would be happiest as the only pet in a calm, adult-only home where she can get the attention she really needs.

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Male, 5 years 5 months

Male, 2 years 10 months

Likes: Inquisitive and playful Harry likes a head rub, and if you’re not giving him enough attention, he’ll soon hook you in with one of his big paws.

Essentials: Harry can be a bit boisterous at times so would be best suited to an adult-only home where his new owner can work with him on his behaviour.

residents waiting for a forever call 0208 962 8000.

Likes: Ollie is a charming, strapping chap who enjoys a good fuss and a little head scratch here and there.

Essentials: Ollie needs time to find his paws and regain his confidence, so is looking for an owner he can get to know at his own pace.

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A day in the life of ou

he role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) is a busy and challenging one, and our skilled nurses have a packed schedule each day, caring for animals and supporting our vets.

As well as helping in consultations and surgery, Mayhew’s vet nurses also run a variety of clinics and are always on hand to advise owners on their pet’s health and well-being. Head Nurse Charlotte Whalley shares a typical day for the vet nurses in our Community Vet Clinic.


We always make sure our hospitalised animals get lots of TLC. Keeping our patients comfortable and entertained is an important part of our job and minimising stress will help to promote recovery.



RVN Amy assists the vet as they admit the animals coming in for surgery that day. It is the vet nurses’ job to calculate and prepare the anaesthetic drugs and pain relief injections.

Time for RVN Graham to check on the patients in our hospital ward, administering any medications or treatments and making sure everyone has had their breakfast. Sometimes there is some loud meowing or a bark to let us know they are ready to eat!



It’s time for a lunch break after a busy morning and a good chance for RVN Kelly to catch up with Josh from our Kennels team who has some news to share about one of our animals who has been happily rehomed.

Patient Tommy has come in for a Nurse Clinic appointment. RVN Pam clips Tommy’s nails and does a weight check, then gives his owner some advice to help with his weightloss programme.

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Surgery starts and the first patient is brought in. We prepare the animals for surgery and monitor their vital signs while they are under anaesthetic.

Depending on the rota, while some vet nurses are in theatre, others assist in the vaccination clinics. These are held twice a week on a Thursday and Saturday. RVN Demetra works alongside vet Emily, preparing the vaccines, helping to carry out health checks and making sure each patient’s medical record is kept up to date.

The animals that have had surgery are monitored during their recovery. As they wake up, we offer them some food. Most patients need to be nil by mouth overnight prior to having an anaesthetic so they are often hungry; others need a little more encouragement to eat!




Felix has been neutered today, and has recovered from the anaesthetic and is ready to go home. RVN Kelly goes through aftercare advice with his owner and checks the fit of his cone collar to make sure that he can’t lick his surgical wound.

RVN Graham makes sure that all of the surgical instruments are thoroughly cleaned, air-dried and then sterilised, ready to be used again tomorrow.

RVN Graham checks on the hospitalised patients one last time, then heads home for a well-earned rest. At 7.30pm the vet nurse on late duty will administer any evening medications that are needed before handing over to the night staff, who will keep a close eye on the animals until morning.

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A life, shared SPRING 2020


ave you seen Mayhew popping up on the London Underground lately? Over the past decade, Mayhew has offered support and shelter to over 10,000 people and animals experiencing an unexpected or ongoing crisis. Keeping loving owners and their pets together can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of both people and animals – and we want everyone to know that. So we launched our latest awareness campaign on the tube, in newspapers and on social media to spread the message. A crisis could happen to anyone, at any time

Our research with Middlesex University last year revealed that regular interaction with an animal or pet can raise our quality of life by up to 12%. We also surveyed over 1,000 Londoners in 2018 and found that 86% agreed that an animal can be just as much of a companion as a person.

Yet too many pet owners are at risk of being separated from their animals through no fault of their own. It is estimated that a staggering 60% of London renters are only one pay cheque away from losing their home*. With half of private landlords and almost two-thirds of London housing associations not allowing pets**, people and their animals can quickly find themselves in a very uncertain position if forced to find somewhere new to live. And it’s not just housing issues: for people who don’t have anywhere to turn for support, a 20 I

I don’t have much. My life is nothing without him.

I’ve never been too keen on going outside. My legs aren’t all that.

But he’d make me get up, get out. Fresh air did me good.

Without our walks, we’d be lost. Convincing him was never easy. But a few steps out the door, he came alive.

We’d find the best spots, then just watch the world go by and contemplate.

With him, my life is everything. I don’t need much.

relationship breakdown or sudden illness can lead to them having to give up a beloved member of the family. For vulnerable pet owners, we are a lifeline. At Mayhew, we know that a person’s Help us keep their bond inseparable. Find out how at themayhew.org #StayInseparable relationship with their animal is powerful, intimate and reciprocal, and can be the difference between life and death for those in vulnerable situations. That’s why we are so proud to have helped over 10,000 people and animals stay together over the last 10 years.

Helping people to see animal relationships differently

Our circumstances can change in a heartbeat, yet we know from our research that 60% of people think those that have

She was a wonder.

“I was delighted to be

Big on lie-ins, very big on lie-ins.

Loved squirming around under the duvet. Always with the toes.

We’d drift off together, and she’d be there first thing. My alarm.

She made my day, every day. The ones in bed were the best. But every once in a while I’d check the world still existed.

She didn’t seem fussed. Just lay there for hours, nose in another book.

Some called her lazy, others lonely.

She was a wonder.

a pet while in an unstable financial or living situation are irresponsible.

Help us spread the word

To try toFor make people think twice, we are a lifeline. vulnerable pet owners, in partnership with agency McCann Help us keep their bond inseparable. Find out how at themayhew.org Demand, we’ve created a set of poems #StayInseparable Inside this issue of Tails you’ll find a – accompanied by poignant line drawings special postcard featuring one of the by US artist and illustrator Dane Khy – to poems from our campaign. Send this bring the idea of that inseparable bond to to a friend to share our message and life. We hope it will remind people of the inspire them to think about the special animals or animal lovers in their own lives bond they have with their animals. and help them to reflect on how they would You can also head to themayhew. feel if that connection was broken. We’ve org/stayinseparable to watch the also produced a video of one of the poems campaign video and share on social being read by two Mayhew supporters – media using #StayInseparable.. theatre actor Emily Raymond and journalist Louis Theroux – who wanted to help us get this important message out into the world.

asked be the voice of the dog for Mayhew’s campaign. It was a challenge for me as I’ve only ever done voiceover for myself. So this was a leap, taking on the role of someone else, who also happened to be a non-human! But we can all relate to the emotions felt by the animals in this beautiful video: the need for comfort, companionship, and quality of life. And the animation and writing in the film capture this perfectly.

My fervent hope is that the campaign starts a much-needed conversation about the importance of protecting the bond between pets and pet owners from all walks of life. We all deserve to live a life, shared.” Louis Theroux,

journalist and Mayhew supporter * YouGov survey, Shelter (September 2019)

** Richard Lambert, CEO at the National Landlords Association (NLA), MyDeposits (February 2018)

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Mayhew makes great strides in Kabul


he end of 2019 saw some fantastic achievements for Mayhew Afghanistan. In November, we completed the second cycle of our three-year mass canine rabies vaccination programme, with 26,536 dogs vaccinated against rabies across 16 districts of Kabul – 78% of the dog population.

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We are also making amazing progress at our new Animal Birth Control (ABC) Centre. In its first six months, ABC Centre vets have neutered just over 4,000 dogs, and local residents are increasingly going to the centre for veterinary advice and information about how to improve their pets’ health and well-being. For example, our team recently helped a puppy who had been vomiting after eating chocolate, putting him on fluids and, once he was ready to go home, explaining to his worried owners that chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

Dr Mo at the helm

Mayhew Afghanistan’s projects in Kabul are spearheaded by our Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Abdul Jalil Mohammadzai DVM (Dr Mo), whose vital and innovative work has

been recognised by several animal welfare bodies around the world.

But Dr Mo doesn’t achieve all this alone; he has recruited just over 70 team members to support him across both projects. The ABC Centre team is made up of eleven vets (most of whom have been trained by Dr Mo), four vet volunteers, six dog catchers, two receptionists and two guards. Through a partnership with Kabul Municipality, the team also includes nine kennel staff who take care of the dogs while they are in the clinic. The vaccination team is made up of four vets, four vet volunteers, two surveyors, one education officer, two drivers and twentyfour dog catchers. They all work extremely hard. The vaccination team begin their day at 5am


Meet the ABC Centre’s Kennel Assistant

In September 2019, our ABC Centre took on a new ‘member of staff’, canine Kennel Assistant Gorgi!

Gorgi was originally living as a street dog and was picked up as part of our Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme. However, after her operation, Gorgi bonded so well with all the staff that she chose to stay and live on the compound. She now helps the team transport dogs to and from the kennel block and the centre. Her salary package includes cuddles and love!

“I wanted to eliminate rabies and to control the dog population in Kabul city. So far it seems everything is going to plan and we are gradually reaching our targets.” Dr Abdul Jalil Mohammadzai DVM, Afghanistan Country Director

and work six-day weeks to keep the project running. There is also always someone on-site at our ABC Centre to make sure the dogs are well cared for around the clock. Currently, Dr Mo and his teams are working through bitter winter conditions in Kabul. January is the coldest month in Afghanistan, and the teams are no strangers to snow, ice and temperatures well below 0°C. To make sure the dogs are kept warm, the kennel block has been equipped with gas heaters

and double doors which help keep the warmth inside.

Groundbreaking progress

In September 2019, Dr Mo was invited to give a talk at the 3rd Humane Dog Population Management International Conference in Mombasa, Kenya. He spoke about the importance of engaging with local government to change perceptions and control and eliminate rabies in Kabul,

explaining, “With our work, I want to show that culling dogs is not the solution. We can eliminate rabies through vaccination programmes and manage the dog population through neutering.”

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Mayhew Georgia

news in brief


Are you a quiz whizz?

P Over £1,200 raised for Mayhew Georgia


ut your knowledge to the test and join us for a fun evening in aid of Mayhew’s international projects, taking place on Thursday 19 March at The Mason’s Arms, Kensal Green. Book tickets at themayhew. org/events/International-Quiz.

ack in November, we hosted our first-ever event in aid of our work in Georgia at Kensal Rise Library in London. Our guests learned more about our vital work, sampled some world-renowned Georgian wines and met Mayhew supporter and actress Beatie Edney, who hosted the night.

Speaking at the event, Beatie said, “Another reason to love and support Mayhew is that it looks at the bigger picture. It takes animal welfare personally and globally. It helps individual animals and humans (me and my dogs for instance), then looks out further into the local community, providing care for the local feral cat population and veterinary services for homeless pet owners or those with low incomes. Then it looks further still into the wider world with its international work, where spay and neuter programmes are invaluable.” We were delighted to raise over £1,200, which will go towards helping more animals in Georgia. Thank you to everyone who attended the event!

Two new clinics for 2020!


ayhew Georgia will be increasing the number of veterinary clinics in Tbilisi, where our Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme is conducted, to respond to demand for neutering of community and street dogs. Welcome to the team VetEx and VetLife – we look forward to working together in Tbilisi.

Dr Ana spends two weeks at Mayhew’s Community Vet Clinic


e were thrilled to have our Georgian vet Dr Ana Metskhvarishvili visit our Community Vet Clinic in London for two weeks in December, where she joined our Vet team to further develop her cat neutering skills. Ana also spent some time observing at a local clinic, Mill Lane Veterinary Surgery, and at one of London’s busy RSPCA hospitals.

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Shop to support Mayhew’s international projects!


id you know that our shop has a selection of great products you can buy to support our work? The newest addition to the family is these fantastic bamboo socks in three cute designs, available in women’s sizes 3–7 for £5.99 each or two for £10. Not only is bamboo naturally super-soft, hypoallergenic and antibacterial, it also absorbs 40% more moisture and is more durable and planet-friendly than cotton! Visit shop.themayhew.org or call 020 8206 5870 to order yours.

Tune in to Oli Juste


ne of our wonderful Ambassadors, dog trainer and behaviourist Oli Juste, has recently launched a podcast series, A Dog’s Best Friend, featuring interviews with a variety of people who are all connected to dogs in some way – fantastic listening for animal lovers everywhere. We spoke to Oli to find out more.

Why did you decide to start a podcast?

We are w with O orking li o n some excitin g new proje for 202 0. Wat cts ch this sp ace!

I have always loved listening to podcasts as I find listening to stories and interviews such a great way to discover new things and relax. Through my work I aim to promote positive reinforcement dog training to as many people as possible. Kindness and effective training is the way forward. More and more people decide to bring a dog into their home every year, and I hope that the podcast can help listeners become even better owners.

What is different about A Dog’s Best Friend?

There are some great dog podcasts out there, but they tend to be either aimed at dog trainers or focused on basic training. I had recently finished filming Channel 4’s Puppy School [in which three of the UK’s leading dog experts coach new owners as they experience the highs and lows of raising a puppy] and knew that I could add something interesting to the mix of podcasts already available. Also, I realised I knew some pretty amazing people – from dog owners to professionals, scientists and even a few celebrities! So I bought a microphone, made a few phone calls, and a few days later Beverley Knight was in my living room talking about her original fear of dogs and her new-found love for her rescue dog Zain! That was my first episode. Now in series two I’m concentrating even more on dog behaviour, as this is what listeners were asking for.

And does Mayhew get a mention?

Yes! I loved interviewing Mayhew CEO Caroline Yates (episode 3) and meeting TheraPaws team Debby Taffler and her dog Noodle (episode 9). In the interview with Caroline I was intrigued to discover how she went from working in the metal trading industry in Russia to becoming the CEO of one of the most innovative animal welfare charities in the world. I’m keen to spread the message about Mayhew since I have been blown away by the breadth of its work and projects, the number of communities being supported and, of course, the amount of dogs and cats being saved every year – and all on a tight budget!

You can listen to Caroline Yates’s interview for A Dog’s Best Friend on Oli’s website: olijustedogtrainer.co.uk.

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E E C L BRATE S E M I T D O O G ed!)

(and raise money for animals in ne

Do you have a big celebration coming up in 2020? A landmark birthday, wedding or another special occasion? This year, ask your friends and loved ones to celebrate your special day by donating to Mayhew. By marking a milestone in your life with a gift to the animals in our care, you will be making a real difference to the work we do.


• Organising a big event? Create a JustGiving page online at justgiving.com, where all of your friends and family can add their gift donations and leave you a personal message. Hitting your fundraising target could be an extra cause for celebration on the day! • Alternatively, if you are on social media, set up a Facebook fundraiser (facebook.com/fundraisers). Simply search for ‘Mayhew’, follow the step-by-step instructions and then share with your friends.

• Place a Mayhew collection box at the entrance or on the tables at your event for your guests to drop donations into – perfect to collect loose change (and some notes!).

Request a collection box at themayhew.org/donate, or contact our Fundraising team (details below).

• For more informal gatherings, ask those who express interest in giving a gift to visit themayhew.org/donate and select ‘In celebration of a special occasion’ to really make your year.

“Celebrating 60

fabulous years by raising money because our Mayhew kitties have given us such love.” Mayhew supporter Elizabeth Henson set up a JustGiving page to celebrate her 60th birthday and raised over £1,000 for Mayhew. Thank you, Elizabeth!

We’re here to help

For more information, or if you have any questions about gifts in celebration, get in touch with our Fundraising team by email at support@mayhew animalhome.org or by phone on 020 8206 5870.

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Time for Tobi to put his paws up!

Peter Waldman and his dog Tobi, a Weimaraner, started as a TheraPaws team in 2015, making weekly visits to care homes and hospitals for chats and doggy cuddles. However, at the end of last year Peter decided it was time for Tobi, now 12, to retire. Here Peter reflects on their time volunteering together.

“Tobi and Peter made a very special team and we are so grateful for all their help over the years. Tobi was always open to a head rub and a treat, and Peter interacted with everyone with such compassion and interest.” Niamh Carwood, TheraPaws Programme Coordinator

Around four years ago, I was walking Tobi in the park and saw that Mayhew was holding an event. I began chatting to one of the team about the TheraPaws programme and it sounded like something I’d like to do, so I looked into it and then decided to apply. Initially, we visited a care home in Maida Vale. The residents loved seeing Tobi and I realised that having him with me helped to open up conversations, as people would ask questions such as ‘how old is he?’ or ‘what breed is he?’. Tobi was at his best in the one-to-one meetings, so we would often see residents in their rooms. There was one man who was paralysed and could only move his left hand, but he would tease Tobi by hiding a treat in that hand. I could see the joy and pleasure it gave him to play with Tobi. After a couple of years, we began visiting the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Here

we had a lot more ground to cover, visiting around four wards in an hour! The staff loved to see Tobi as much as the patients; he brightened up everyone’s day. Some patients were missing their own pets and would tell me all about them.

Volunteering for TheraPaws has been rewarding and interesting too. I’ve met and talked to so many different people who have done such a variety of things. Everyone has a great story to tell. Tobi loved the fuss and attention. As a breed, Weimaraners tend to love people, and Tobi is outgoing (but not boisterous) and loves to be handled and stroked. However, last year I could see that he was slowing down, wanting to spend a little more time on the sofa. He suffers from hip dysplasia and doesn’t have the energy or strength that he once had. I felt it was time to stop and allow him to go at his own pace.

However, while Tobi may have hung up his purple jacket, I’m planning to continue. I hope to start mentoring new volunteers that join the programme, guiding and encouraging them on their initial visits.

TheraPaws in numbers 928 TheraPaws visits made in 2019 50 TheraPaws teams in action 6 ex-Mayhew dogs in our  TheraPaws teams

To find out more, visit themayhew. org/therapaws.

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My four-legged friend My pawsome li fe



e love to hear stories about our supporters’ pets and the happiness they bring each other. In this issue we speak to Sarah about her Cavalier King Charles spaniel cross bichon frise, Alfie. Meet Alfie

Alfie’s back legs were quite weak when we got him as his previous owner hadn’t been able to exercise him properly. Now he has plenty of walks on Hampstead Heath or in our local park in Kilburn where he has lots of doggy friends. My partner and I can’t have children, so Alfie is our baby. He comes to me for cuddles and pampering and he goes to my partner Ric for playtime. He has adapted well to our unpredictable schedule of working shifts. Sometimes he’ll be left on his own for up to four hours, or he’ll go next door and play with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel neighbour Fido. He loves travelling in the car when we visit family outside of London and coming out with us to the pub, and he will sit quietly under the table if we’re eating. 28 I

by Alfie

My yellow b all – it sque aks when I pu mouth so I d t it in my rop it, then ch a s e a n d grab it as rolls away. It it squeaks aga in s o I d rop it and chase it aga in, again and again! DO YOU HAVE


I’m quite clum sy and am of ten falling off sofa or the b the ed!


the hall, which is yellow like it’s pretty co my ball so ol, but I love it when my mum wake up and and dad I go onto the ir bed. I curl and fall asle up in a ball ep.


I have LOTS of friends, b ut I’ve known is a cocker s Yeti (who paniel cross po od le ) th e longest. W we meet up, hen we have a gr eat game of wrestling – he is much b igger than m e, but I’m toug WHAT’S YO h.



My favourit e food is the crunchy carr mum gives m ot sticks e – although I would actua anything if it lly eat was left in m y reach!

Would you like your four-legged friend to appear in Tails? Email us at tails@mayhew animalhome.org and tell us about your pet to be in with the chance of being included. Each pet and owner featured will receive a Mayhew goody bag.

Nervous With the tail held low, bottom close the ground and ears splayed slightly to listen out for danger, this puss is ready to bolt ASAP if needed.

Friendly An upright posture with the tail curled over at the tip is a sign your cat is happy, secure in their surroundings and open to fuss and attention.

Trusting Lying down and showing off their tummy, as if inviting you to touch it, means your puss is feeling comfortable in your presence. Going in for that belly rub is definitely not advised, however, as they may become overstimulated and scratch or bite.


Just like us humans, cats often reveal what they are thinking and feeling through their body language. However, while we may be reasonably adept at reading the signs when it comes to the people around us, cats are a little more subtle and complex in the way they communicate, so we’ve put together a fun guide to help you understand your puss’s moods. A big thanks to mylovelyfeline.com for the gorgeous illustrations!

Annoyed Lots of tail-swishing, fidgeting and an intense gaze may be a warning against further contact.

Super scared An arched back and fuzzed up tail are signs of dominance when a cat faces another cat, but when this posture is displayed to people it is a sign of being very afraid. Often seen in conjunction with hissing or swiping if you get too close!

Here’s loo king at you! To sho

w your cat that you are comfortab le in their p resence, s blink at the lowly ma slightly to th nd then move your head e side to lo ok away. If lucky, your you’re cat will do the same b ack!




Usually seen when your cat is attentive and focused on toys, this is a relaxed and confident posture. Be warned, though – play could lead to scratched hands or a painful pounce on your feet if you’re not careful!

Low to the ground and creeping along with whiskers brought forward, this puss thinks there is prey to be stalked. It could signify their mood is changing from light-hearted fun to something less playful!

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We always love to hear how our ex-Mayhew animals are getting on in their new forever homes. Here are some updates our Dog Adoption Officer, Lisa, and Cat Adoption Officer, Matt, have received, along with some wonderful photos!

Peanut Hi Lisa,

Back in March 2018, I adopted Jack Russell terrier puppy Donnie (ren amed ‘Peanut’). Peanut has just turn ed two and is full of beans and mischie vous at times, but on the whole is pre tty well-behaved.

Baron Maddy Dear Matt,

like to know how We thought you might ’s slowly settling He Baron is getting on. He can be us. to d in and getting use – and on es tim at te na tio ver y affec still gets quite his terms – although he rs. spooked by strange t is on top of His favourite hiding spo obe behind our rdr wa my jumpers in the ting his cabin bed (we think he’s recrea he has taken experience!). At night, asleep – and ’re to lying on us while we es his food lov He t! he is not that ligh outside the ing sitt nd fou and is often extra meals. He kitchen hoping for a few ther toy, but loves playing with his fea en he’s had wh w kno definitely lets you knamed him enough, and we have nic ong left hook. ‘the boxer’ due to his str k Best regards, Kat and Nic

Maisie (was Mimi) Hello Matt,

We picked up this gorgeous girl a few days ago and are already besotted.

We tried to follow your advice and keep her in one room for a day or two, but to no avail. Maisie decided she didn’t want to stay in one room; she came out of her carrier as soon as we opened the door and wandered around the living room, then pawed at the door, so we opened it and off she went, exploring the flat, making herself at home.

Within such a short space of time, she rules the roost. We will be keeping her indoors for a while as you said, and then start to slowly introduce her to the small garden and cat flap.

He’s ver y sociable – both with dogs and humans – and astonishingl y empathetic. When I recently had a period of back pain and couldn’ t walk him as far or as long as usual, he really seemed to understand. Likewise , he seemed to know when I was on the mend and looked at me as if to say, “Come on, we can walk a little further today.” He was right; we could! He’s a complete ‘lapdog’ and mim ics me a lot, to the point of sleeping with his head on the pillow and his front paws on top of the duvet. In short: he’s progressing well and, of course, is still ver y much loved and valued as part of our family. With thanks and best wishes, Steve

Thank you for giving us so much happiness with our beautiful little girl.

Best wishes, Clare and Keith

Dear Lisa,

We are so pleased to have adopted Chicco, a lovely working cocker spaniel who is full of fun and very affectionate. Chicco has settled in very well, taking in his stride so many new experiences, from long muddy walks to trips by car, train and bus, and visiting friends in homes and the occasional pub! At the end of a tiring day he loves to just cuddle up on the sofa. All in all, he has become the perfect family member. Best Wishes, Louise

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Animal Search UK

The search for Tiny

It’s always a huge worry when a pet goes missing, there are many reasons why this happens, often down to fright, many times fireworks are the culprit, but other things can make your pet run.


hen a pet goes missing, owners can go into a blind panic and attempt to find their pet, many will print homemade posters, the problem is important details are often missed and the printing material is not sufficient to withstand wind and rain. Animal search UK supply, print and deliver anti-vandal, waterproof and non-run professionally designed artwork which really gets noticed. They are the largest lost and found pet organisation in the country. The only UK organisation that have a uniformed 24/7 Missing Pet search team or ‘Pet Detectives’ who cover the whole of the UK, should an owner need a dedicated investigation, the team will spend hours in the location, raising awareness, placing posters, speaking to residents and acting upon any tip-offs received. With over 20 years of search experience, the team has a success rate of over 70%. A recent case saw Tiny, a small, timid black cat with half a tail go missing, completely out of character and owner Aimee was distraught. The situation was made worse as Storm Caira had just passed and we were about to be hit by Storm Dennis, so the search team had a window of a day to try and ascertain where Tiny was. The search day arrived and so did Dennis, the rain was pelting down and the wind was blowing in gusts of 70mph, not ideal when looking for a small back cat. The team made up of Andrew and Ben set out, the conditions were dreadful, and it was forecast to get worse. Both Andrew and Ben split their time between speaking to residents, handing out leaflets and searching the local area for any signs of Tiny.

There were a few sightings from residents but it was realised there was another cat in the area that was small, black and had part of its tail missing, which made the search even more difficult, Ben and Andrew persevered and continued to speak to lots of people in the area. The search aims to jog memories but importantly it can make anyone aware who has ‘taken in’ a new homeless cat, that it is, in fact, an owned cat, a ‘feeder’ may well see the campaign and stop feeding, meaning the cat returns home, alternatively if the cat has become locked in a shed, garage or outhouse key holders may well investigate and the cat escapes or is found inside. Aimee was worried sick and was preparing for the worst, “It’s the not knowing, and feeling helpless, that’s the worst, I just wish I could do more, the search team are doing an incredible job but the weather is just awful, I really feel for them” Thankfully, the very next day the Animal Search team received a call from a local resident, who was sure she had seen Tiny, the team then rang Aimee and by way of a three-way call, details were given and Aimee was armed with the information as to the whereabouts of Tiny, a little over 3 hours later Aimee was cuddling Tiny, she was slightly injured on her back leg, was a little underweight and very hungry. Both Aimee and Tiny were delighted and hugely relieved. The search team had managed to raise awareness the witness saw and remembered Tiny, rang the emergency animal hotline and reunited Tiny with Aimee. A fantastic result all round.

You can register your pet for FREE on the animal search UK website www.animalsearchuk.co.uk you can also keep up to date with all our activity on social media and our newly launched podcast Animal Search UK - The Pet Detectives on iTunes and Spotify www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Is your dog a curler, or a sprawler? With dog owners taking a more considered approach to their dog’s health requirements, more owners are mindful of making the correct choice when it comes to their dog’s sleeping requirements.


ogs sleep in many different positions, depending upon their environment. A curled sleeping position is by far the most popular. This position means that your dog may be trying to conserve body heat, it’s the most common position for animals in the wild. Many dogs adopt this pose, as it’s an incredibly comfortable, warm way to sleep. If this is your dog’s preferred sleeping position, they would be more suited to a more enclosed bed. Then, there are dogs that like to sprawl, there are many

sleep positions associated with sprawlers. Probably the most amusing is crazy legs, with the dog on their back with their legs flung in the air. This is an indication that they are confident and relaxed with their surroundings, it may also mean they are hot and are exposing their belly to cool down. Side sleeping is another example of sprawling, a relaxed and comfortable sleeping position, showing that your dog is at ease with their surroundings. If your dog prefers to sleep in this way, they would be more suited to a more open bed, such as a mattress. Mattress beds provide the freedom of movement, combined with the comfort and support your dog requires for a restful sleep. Above all it’s important to choose the correct size of bed for your dog. One of the best methods to size your dog’s bed, is using a fabric tape to measure your dog in their natural sleeping position. Compare this measurement to the sleep area of the bed you’re looking to purchase, before deciding upon the size of bed for your dog. n For more information call 01722 437477, email sales@georgebarclay.com or visit www.georgebarclay.co.uk


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All Bess would love is a nice soft comfy bed and short walks throughout the day,

very friendly and who likes attention. She also loves her walks so will need an active owner.

Reggie is a sweet boy who loves to be around people. A lovely looking boy, who couldn't love that face!

He is very playful and cheeky and will make an absolutely wonderful companion for the right person.

Jenny appears to be good with other dogs and we are suggesting older children for this pretty girlie.

Sprinkles is a sweet girl who can be nervous of new situations but seems very affectionate.


Jameela F1

Poppy Princess F6

Grin F5

Mercucio M8 mths

Dinky Daisy F4

Stefano M8

Reagle F2

Gift F6

Would like a kind, friendly resident dog in her new home.

A super happy girl who wants you to take her home!

She is looking for a quiet home where she can relax.

He is a confident pup and loves to play. Needs a active home.

Needs a dog that can teach her about housetraining,

Never lived indoors doesn't understand house training.

She is the happiest when around the other dogs.

With time, love and patience she will be a confident girl.

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Bear M12

Bertie M4

Hugo M14 mths

Keeta F8

Laundy M

Maverick M1

Rocco & Millie

He needs very little exercise and is just happy to be outside in the garden.

He has never been off lead and needs a garden with 6ft+ fencing.

He is still young so needs further training for his breed.

She is looking for a home where new owners are home the majority of the time.

He is good with dogs out and about and could possibly live with a quiet dog.

He has lived with a cat and another dog and is good with dogs out and about.

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So you want to offer dog training? Stuck in a rut? Want to change careers or add a service to your existing canine business? An excellent plan but whatever your reasons, think carefully, do you definitely have the competence, underpinning knowledge and experience to be a dog trainer? Remember ‘experience’ is not just owning your own dogs or living with dogs since you were knee high to a grasshopper. Sorry, but many people believe because they can train their own dog(s) they can train any other breed – but what about the human attached to the other end of the lead, can you train them? Do you even like working with people? By Dean Hart, Clinical Behaviourist You love dogs and may enjoy working with them but that doesn’t mean that you will be an excellent trainer! Unless, of course, you are thinking of implementing training programs for ‘pet dogs’ without their owners? There are some very good reasons why training dogs without owners is not a route to success for the dog or owner, this is my professional opinion as a behaviourist, maybe I should leave this sensitive topic to another day. Do I sound like an old grump, maybe a shorter version of Victor Meldrew? Well, that is because I have come across so many dog trainers with such poor human Photo credit: ©Adobe stock communication skills. When I was a lot younger and went to my first ever dog training class with my sister in the 80’s, my dog was ‘best pals’ with my sister’s dog, called Bruno. So as you can imagine, my dog spent the first few minutes of class sending out vocal invitations to play and eyeballing Bruno to entice him over from the other side of class and when the dog trainer finally spoke to me, there were 20 dogs in the class, I apologised for my dog’s behaviour, typical of a novice or nervous owner, he then said to me, in a stern and unpleasant voice that ‘my dog should only ever have one friend and that should be me’ – how ridiculous, needless to say I left class early and never returned! Not something you want from your clients if you want to be a success. So maybe we should consider what professional dog training actually is and what it entails, before you take the lead! You may think there is a simple answer, but when you actually stop and think carefully, there isn’t. Firstly, are you considering implementing training programs for dogs or owners with dogs? Perhaps you would like to set up a dog training club, possibly delivering The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme or are you going to offer 1-2-1 training? OK, so now it’s time to self-reflect and be honest. Let’s think about delivering training for pet owners and their dogs, (not resolving problems, as this would then be ‘rehabilitation training’), but owners training their dog to respond appropriately and safely in any environment. The emphasis here is training the ‘people’, if you have decided you like being with people! So far so good, now how do you know you will be complying with relevant animal health and welfare legislation and where do you find out about this? Can you offer training to meet different life stages and make sure your training is not detrimental to a dog’s needs? From this point you would need to know about breed health conditions and development of domestic dogs, for example which breeds overheat the quickest and why and how does this aspect influence their behaviour? How would you assess and record their physical condition and emotional states, what would be their likely 30


drive states and thresholds and how do you know this? How would you recognise if they were stressed, anxious, frightened or phobic in class and then what would you do? How would you manage the expectations of the owners? assess the owner’s skills and abilities, two very different considerations, and what if the whole family want to be involved in training their beloved Cockapoo! How would design a training program that is specific to the owner’s needs, measurable, achievable and is realistic? And then how are you going to record all this safely and comply with Data Protection? So now having resolved all that we can move on to thinking about resources and where you are going train, hopefully if you already offer kennelling or similar you may have space to develop a superb training location, fantastic! If not, then you are going to need to find a suitable location and hire it, but first you need to know what is ‘suitable’, what do you need? Remember to evaluate costs, include financial planning in your business plan otherwise all your hard work in setting up may lead to financial loss. Have you undertaken risk assessments, these will need to be carried out throughout your dog training to maintain the safety and welfare of everybody in your care, including their friends who have come to watch! These and other factors may be out of your control but contingency plans should be in place – what if one of them was stung by a bee during your class? So this brings you back to you and your honest self-assessment! What are your skills, can you manage groups of people, possess an in depth knowledge of people training skills and can you demonstrate excellent communication skills? If so you are nearly there, the next self-assessment is knowledge of dog training and canine behaviour, do you fully understand and are you able to apply animal learning theories within training? This could be considered the heart of dog training, if you’ve got it - then go for it! If not, then you need training and let’s not forget about CPD – Continuing Professional Development. Choose your course wisely! Some Initial Resources for You Dog Training Skills and Knowledge - Job Descriptions: http://nos.ukces.org.uk/Pages/index.aspx 5 steps to Risk Assessment: http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/campaigns-fundraising/hse-five-steps-to-risk-assessment.pdf Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/good-citizen-dog-training-scheme/ Kennel club Accreditation Scheme for Dog Trainers: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/ Current Legislation: http://www.apgaw.org/current-legislation www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance launches interactive tool to help dog and cat owners avoid pet regrets • More than half of cat and dog owners (51%) don’t research their pet’s breed • A fifth of pet owners have rehomed an animal • Sainsbury’s Bank launches a Pawfect Match tool to help future pet owners make informed decisions about cat and dog breeds • Sainsbury’s Bank now offers lifetime pet insurance for cats and dogs Despite being a nation of animal lovers, new research from Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance found that more than a fifth (22%) of pet owners have regretted choosing their pet’s breed. Reasons for regret included that they didn’t have enough time to look after the animal (31%), they turned out to be allergic to the pet (18%) and because they didn’t like their pet’s personality (16%). The study also reveals that more than half of cat and dog owners don’t research their pet’s breed before ownership and only 18% spent more than a week researching the right breed for their lifestyle. More than a fifth (22%) of pet owners have rehomed an animal and dog owners are more likely to regret their pup (26%) compared to cat owners (16%). These stark statistics echo latest RSPCA figures as the charity rehomes over 40,000 pets in a year. Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance has launched the Pawfect Match tool https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/petinsurance/pawfect-match to enable future pet owners to make informed decisions when choosing the most suitable breed for them. The tool enables dog and cat owners to research

various breeds including how much exercise they will need, how excitable the animal is and how well they get on with children. TV vet, Dr Scott Miller commented: “I am saddened to hear that so many pet owners are regretting the animals they have chosen as companions. Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes, and have different temperaments. Looking after a pet is a huge commitment so it is important that people undertake adequate research before buying a pet to ensure it is a happy experience for you and the animal. “If a pet owner is struggling to look after their animal, I urge them to speak to a professional for advice. The Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance website also includes top tips for each dog and cat breed on how best to care for these incredible creatures.” The study found half of people (50%) decided to get a pet for companionship and 38% because a pet can offer unconditional love. Some pet owners admitted getting a pet breed because it had either appeared in a film or a celebrity owns them (5%). Jason King, Customer Director at Sainsbury’s Bank said: “Britain is a

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Celebrity chefs urge people to get baking and help unwanted cats Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Bake Off star Kim-Joy are encouraging people to hold tea parties throughout April to support Cats Protection The cat-loving duo have provided biscuit recipes for the charity’s Pawsome Afternoon Tea, which raises money to help needy cats across the UK. Tim, who owns a cat called Baloo, has created an oatmeal biscuit recipe while Kim-Joy’s ginger biscuits feature an ‘adopt don’t shop’ message in honour of her two rescue cats, Inki and Mochi. Tim said: “My cat provides endless support and humour, whether it’s sitting on my lap for a cuddle or jumping onto my open recipe books to distract me! It’s sad to think that there so many lovely cats out there who don’t yet have a home so I hope cat lovers and baking enthusiasts really get behind Cats Protection’s campaign.” Kim-Joy commented: “I’ve always been moderately chilled, but my two kittens make me even more chilled out! Cats are good for our mental health as they are lovely, affectionate and cuddly. There are many adorable cats out there looking for forever homes so please consider adopting not shopping if you want to get a cat.”


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This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea and organiser Zoe Thompson, from the charity, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones enjoying some bakes, as well as raising funds to help the many unwanted cats in our care. We hope cat lovers will sign up and feel inspired to re-create Kim-Joy and Tim’s recipes!” To register for a free Pawsome Afternoon Tea pack, and to view Tim and Kim-Joy’s recipes please visit http://bit.ly/321rOcP while video tutorials featuring more felinethemed cakes and biscuits can be found at http://bit.ly/KittyBakes Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helping around 200,000 cats each year through a national network of around 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres. n More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk


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The UK’s pets do a better job than our partners When it comes to being comforted when we’re down, or helping us to relax and recharge our batteries, pet owners in the UK are the only ones in Europe to prefer the company of pets rather than partners Nowhere else surveyed in Europe followed this pattern; every nation except the UK chose their partner above their dogs and cats to boost their mood. The survey, carried out by Agria Pet Insurance, questioned thousands of owners from the UK, Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark and Finland to find how much how much their pets mean to them. For the UK, it’s a great deal… When answering, ‘Who comforts me the most when I’m sad?’, 52% of owners in the UK said their pet – 56% for dog owners and 44% for cat owners – compared with just 34% who find comfort in their partner. Similarly, in response to the question, ‘Who do you prefer to spend time with to recharge?’ 49% of pet owners in the UK chose their pet, compared with only 26% preferring to hang out with their partner. For dog owners this was 54%, and for cat owners, 37%. This follows last year’s revelation that owners in the UK fall in love faster with their pets than their partners. Agria found that while it takes, on average, six months to fall in love with a partner, it takes just 30 minutes to fall for our pets, giving us a very clear indication of where our loyalties truly lie.

Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, says, “We’re never in any doubt about just how much owners in the UK love their pets and how important a part of their lives they are. We hear this devotion in every conversation we have with our customers; whether we’re sharing the moments of intense highs and lows of owning a pet, or simply discovering the story behind a cat or dog’s name, the warmth felt between animals and owners during their lives together is profound.” n For further information visit www.agriapet.co.uk 6,000 pet owners were surveyed during December 2019, with 1,000 respondents from each of the UK, Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register Number 496160. Agria Pet Insurance is registered and incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 4258783. Registered office: First Floor, Blue Leanie, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7QW.

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Dean Hart answers your questions Dean Hart is a Clinical Behaviourist and Tutor at the Canine Studies College and specialises in helping mature students set up and develop their own business within the canine industry. Visit www.thedoghut.biz


My behaviourist said my dog, a 6-yearold Cocker Spaniel called Alfie, shows ‘approach / avoidance conflict’ towards normal thing like our dustbin. Alfie walks past this every day, he likes ‘helping me’ when I put the rubbish out, but he seems frightened when he gets closer to it, can you explain more? Bless him. If this is the case, then Alfie experiences emotional conflict, meaning he has a desire to investigate things but at the same time he is not sure if he should. Alfie’s approach / avoidance conflict (AAC), is probably rooted in fear or anxiety, but how and why this has developed would need further history taking and access to his medical records. The distance between him and the dustbin and when he first becomes hesitant to approach is important to notice. When Alfie becomes hesitant, this distance is called his ‘critical distance’. Inside critical distance most dogs are highly emotional, usually frightened and their behaviour can alter rapidly. When further away from the dustbin, Alfie’s desire to show interest is higher than the need to avoid. When Alfie gets closer to the dustbin his primary goal becomes avoidance and can probably reach a point where his fear makes him stop or try to escape. Alfie should not be ‘forced’ to get closer to the bin as this is very stressful and will lead to other inappropriate behaviour, including aggression. Understanding Alfie’s AAC does mean you can start to introduce the presence of the dustbin at a distance he does not become fearful and if the dustbin isn’t moved and doesn’t make any noise, Alfie's apprehension should lower over many exposures, shortening his ‘critical distance’. Good luck but remember you will need to carry this out several times every day for positive results.



Travelling with my dog in my car has become so difficult because of their excessive barking and ridiculous bouncing and spinning up and down. She is a 2-year-old Collie X GSD, I have paid various dog trainers to help, but they have not managed to stop her – any ideas? I am sure this has become very frustrating for you and makes travelling unpleasant. Firstly, we would need to establish what her drive state is, there are three key states associated with problem behaviours during car travel. 1. She may have experienced an aversive experience linked with a journey to the dog groomer, kennels or vet, or 2. She may be overexcited with excessive, hysterical types of barking or 3. The constant movement of cars, people and other dogs as they pass by stimulates chasing behaviour, typical of collies or collie type dogs.

There are a few approaches you can take to reduce problems like this: 1. Firstly spray inside the car with ADAPTIL and fit her with an ADAPTIL collar. 2. Then spend time feeding her in it with the engine is turned off. 3. Teach her a calm behaviour like ‘lie down and lick a Kong while resting on a rug’ in your home. When her response is positive, consistent and reliable, ask her to do this in the car, reward her for calm behaviour. 4. When she has learnt to stay calm while lying down, gradually introduce putting your seatbelt on, putting keys or card in the ignition, locking doors, opening windows. If she remains calm, then switch on the engine. Desensitisation takes lots of patience, calm behaviour and continuity. This can take several weeks of training every day before taking the car on a short journey with her in it! Remember to only carry out short journeys coming home, not the outgoing journey until she is calmer. If she suffers with motion sickness, then only feed her a very small amount of her food before the journey. If she is reactive and trying to chase passing cars, then make sure she is tethered and cover rear and passenger windows.

My doctor mentioned ‘serotonin’ and how this affects my mood, especially my anxiety would this be is this the same for my dogs?

Thank you for your honest question. Yes, although the role of serotonin is not clearly defined within canine behaviour it is believed to play a part within the modification of anxiety and is involved within social attachment. While neurotransmitters (chemical messengers like serotonin) influence behaviour change there is also evidence that suggests they are affected by prior experience, the body’s serotonergic pathways becoming more sensitive. This is expected to be the same with dogs as it is with humans, especially during puppy development. There is also an interesting link between serotonin production and coat colour, suggesting a dog’s coat colour can influence their mood and levels of anxiety. However, this is subject to early experiences and exposure (habituation and socialisation) during sensitive development periods.

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Feline friends separated by unexpected tragedy One year old stray Abigail and her male companion were closely bonded, and cared a lot about each other. They explored everywhere together and were a familiar sight around Wembley – until one day, tragedy struck.

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• A member of the public noticed a male cat lying very still in the road near her house, and another cat sitting right by its side. • On closer inspection, she realised that the male had been hit by a vehicle, which had then driven off. Sadly, he had suffered extensive injuries, and had died at the scene. • However, his companion – who we later named Abigail – was refusing to leave her mates body, and remained by his side whilst the member of the public called Mayhew for help. Animal Welfare Officer Tania Mazzoni answered the emergency call, and went straight out to investigate. She discovered Abigail sitting close to her deceased companion, and brought them both back to Mayhew. Once there, we checked Abigail for injuries and scanned her for a microchip. Luckily, she hadn’t been in the accident herself, and was perfectly healthy aside from being scared and shaken. We settled her down in our Cattery to recover from her ordeal, and made sure


she felt safe, and was warm and comfortable. Sadly, Abigail did not have a microchip, and no one came to collect her. She was clearly domesticated as she was incredibly tame and loving; and so as soon as she was ready we neutered and vaccinated her, gave her flea and worming treatment, and placed her up for adoption. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before someone fell in love with Abigail and wanted to take her home. She showed herself to be such a sweet and affectionate cat, and we are all thrilled that she got the happy ending she deserved, after such a traumatic experience. Our Animal Welfare Officers are sadly called out to attend many emergencies like this one every single year. If you happen to witness or are involved in a road traffic accident involving animals, please report it straight away to your local animal rescue shelter. In some circumstances it may be possible to save an animals life, if they receive help quickly enough. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Hugo is a handsome, gentle giant. He is a wonderful boy who is so friendly and just wants to be loved.

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Noah is deaf. However he does not let that stop him from tearing around enjoying himself.

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hundreds of years, to be specialists at a certain job. This job can involve a variety of behaviours such as chasing, barking, guarding, digging, constant alertness or being a bit of a couch potato! “What a dog was originally bred to do is going to impact significantly on what they are going to be like to live with – and no matter how much we might wish differently, there is no changing hard-wired personality and behaviour traits. “Dogs don’t just like doing the things they’ve been selectively bred to do; they need to do them in order to be happy and healthy.” “For example, if they have been bred to work all day, they are going to be very active (no matter what their size), whereas others who have been bred purely as companions are less demanding in their exercise needs, although probably much more demanding of your time when it comes to affection and social contact. “Dogs that have been bred to enjoy to hunt, or chase, or dig etc. are also going to need outlets for these behaviours included in their exercise or lifestyle – and if they are not given them, can become bored, depressed and develop behaviour problems. “We are lucky that when we decide to bring a dog into our lives, we have a huge choice to make sure we find one that is perfect for us and our lifestyle – but with choice comes responsibility. Be honest with yourself – and no matter how much you love the look of the cute canine you see on social media, if you make your choices on looks alone, you will probably ultimately make each other unhappy. “When you get a dog, you are getting a new family member someone you will live with for upwards of twelve years. Yes, you want a dog who makes your heart melt when you look at them – but the truth is, every dog will. “Choose wisely, choose according to your lifestyle, and choose according to your – and their – personality. And let’s face it… anyone who looks at you with love, with devotion, with joy and with a wagging tail will melt your heart.” n For further information visit www.agriapet.co.uk

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Needless to say, your dog’s eyes are as delicate as your own but sadly, injuries can damage them and they can also suffer from diseases. Today, we look at the most common problems that dogs can experience. Mary Lloyd explains more

Glaucoma in dogs as in people is more likely in older, overweight pets that may cause diabetes.


Eye Problems in Dogs The Most Common Disorders According to veterinary surgeons, there are 10 common eye disorders that can occur in dogs: • Conjnctivitis (Pink eye) • Cataracts • Keratoconjunctivitis (Dry eye) • Corneal & scleral wounds • Blepharospasm • Glaucoma • Entropion • Lens Luxation • Progressive Retianl Atrophy (PRA) All these conditions are a source of irritation and pain so they need prompt veterinary attention. Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis or pink eye as it is commonly known is an inflammation of the eye’s membranes. As the common term implies, the eyes appear reddened and inflamed. Pink eye can be caused by in-growing eyelashes, allergic reactions (e.g. to dustmite or pollen), viral or bacterial infecitons. The remedy depends on the cause. Irritants are usually best flushed out using an approved saline eyewash. Infections are treated with antibiotics. In the case of allergies, Pollen can be removed by cleansing with PetalCleanse/D after each walk during the pollen season. Dustmite are best prevented by treating the dog’s bed and soft furnishings with a HomeCleanse spray and the air with AirCleanse. If your pet does not respond to treatment, always return to the surgery rather than let them suffer! Cataracts If the lenses in the middle of the eye become opaque and cloudy causing poor vision, pressure problems and even blindness in severe cases. Thankfully, cataracts are easily removed using surgical procedures and your dog’s eyesight can be restored.


Keratoconjunctivitis This condition, commonly known as dry eye occurs when the tear glands and ducts do not perform properly. This causes severe drying of the eye’s surface. This condition is predominantly genetic affecting Bulldogs, Cocker spaniels, Shih-Tzus, Lhasa apsos and Terriers. Symptoms include dry, irritable eyes, excessive tearing, swollen eyes and pus discharge, ulcers and pigmentation. Your vet can perform a test to measure the eye’s moisture level and also stain the eye to check for tars and abrasions. Treatment includes lifelong eye drops 2 or 3 times per day to relieve the irritation and artificially maintain the yes’ surface at the appropriate moisture level. There is no known cure. Eye Wounds Dust and branches in the hedges cab easily cause damage to delicate eye tissues. The wounds can be cuts, punctures and ulcers. The symptoms quickly become apparent after the trauma – eye reddening, costant tear flow and rubbing which can further excacerbate the problem. Your vet can prescribe antibiotic drops or atropine if the damage is not too severe and requires time to mend. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Blepharospasm This condition sounds alarming but it is in fact simply a symptom of a clinical disorder. The irritation causes rapid and perpetual blinking making the eye appear red, swollen and closed. The eyes can become infected if the condition is not treated. This condition can be caused by a wide variety of triggers --- allergies, infections, tumors, inflammatory disorders, mange, food intolerances, endocrine problems or just everyday irritants such as tobacco smoke. Treatments usually include the application of warm compresses several times a day to relieve symptoms. Meanwhile, your vet www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Lens Luxation Lens luxation generally occurs in dogs over the age of 4. The fibre like processes that normally hold the lens in place fail and the lens pops out. It is a genetic disorder especially common in German Shepherd dogs, Cocker spaniels, Border collies and Terriers. The condition needs veterinary treatments including surgery in many instances.

Holly's response to stress. "I'm a rubber duck and I don't care"

and yourself will have to try and identify the source of the irritation to prevent re-occurrence. Glaucoma Symptoms include eye pain, redness, excess tears, cloudy corneas reddening and itching. Untreated, it results in blindness. Glaucoma in dogs as in people is more likely in older, overweight pets that may cause diabetes. Treatments include anti-inflammatories and diuretics. If diabetes is diagnosed, a strict diet and daily insulin may be required. Entropion As the name suggests, the eyelids roll inwards causing all the usual symptoms of irritation and pain. In some dogs, there may be an underlying trigger. The condition is often cured by surgery to restore the eyelids to their correct position.


Progressive Retinal Arophy (PRA) PRA is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat as we recently discovered. The dog has normal looking eyes but they become progressively blind. There is no known treatment and in some cases, one or more of the eyes can become swollen, inflamed and extremely painful. Holly belongs to our Warehouse Manager and after progressing to the point of blindness, one eye began to swell until the pain was unbearable. When Iain took Holly to the vet, they decided that it was kinder to remove the eye completely. We were all devastated --- except for Holly. She returned home shortly after surgery, demanded her dinner, slept in her favourite chair and embarked on her favourite walks guided by her friend and partner, Jack. Two months on, Holly is absolutely fine providing we do not re-arrange the furniture in her surrounds because this really does get confusing for a blind dog. When she goes for walks, Jack acts as her guide dog for the blind. Who says dogs are not smart!!!!! n For further information visit www.biolife-international.co.uk or Email us on sales@biolife-international.co.uk



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Oak Tree Animals Charity

Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330


Magic M18

Mac M26

Pacer M10

Ruby & Lou Lou F21

Frodo M6

Magic loves ground work and "join up" type work, he is very good at it.

Mac is a real gentleman and a pleasure to care for at the charity.

He loves to be loved and fussed over, and is a very lovely character.

They are both very sweet but Ruby is more confident than Lou Lou. Lou Lou can be a little shy at first but once you have caught her she is happy to stand for grooming and attention.

Frodo is a very sweet pony who loves attention and he has a lovely personality.

www.dogmatic.org.uk HorseWorld


Champers F15

Destiny F7

Diamond F8

Domani F10

Dodger M15

Merlyn M23

Nova F6

Pilgrim M6

She enjoys living in a herd and generally gets on with most other horses.

Destiny is looking for an experienced, confident loaner who will continue her education and help her mature.

Diamond has the potential to make a lovely child’s riding pony or field companion to another pony

Domani is easy to care for and generally well behaved – however she can be a little strong with novices.

He is happy to live out all year round and can be left alone for short periods of time

He gets on a lot better being with just one other gelding. He can live out year round without rugs or feed.

She is still quite nervous of new people and situations but would really thrive on a loan home.

Pilgrim is easy to do and has a lovely temperament. He can live out year round or be stabled overnight.

World Horse Welfare


Andy M2

Angus M5

Barney M1

Charm M1

Comet M2

Murphy M8

Jigsaw F16

Jim M4

Andy can be a little cheeky, but has a very friendly nature. He is lovely to handle and spend time with.

Angus will need his weight monitored over the summer months to prevent him gaining too much weight.

A cute skewbald gelding with such unusual markings. He is a lovely boy and is extremely well behaved

He is a cheeky, handsome little character, who can often be found playing with his friends in the field.

He can be quite cheeky, and is better suited to a rehomer who has experience of handling youngsters.

Murphy is as bright as a button and he has proved to be a very quick and willing learner.

Jigsaw is not suitable to ride but she will make a welcome addition to any yard.

He is a cheeky chap who loves to interact with people and loves equine company.

Happa Horses and Ponies Protection Association


Spider M7

Marley M11

Lily F6

Dan M9

Dobby M4

Romeo M8

Alex M9

Smiler M9

He has a cheeky personality and loves both horse and human interaction.

He is good to do in all ways, and will turn out with mares and geldings.

She is field sound and would make a great companion for a retired elderly horse.

He is good to do in all ways and will turn out with both mares and geldings.

He is looking for an experienced home to help educate him as he is still a young horse.

He is good to do in all ways and is happy to socialise with both mares and geldings.

He has chronic laminitis and would need restricted grazing.

Would live in or out all year round and will turn out with both mares and geldings.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary


Little My F11

Ava F5

Ethel F14

Bagel M3

Sabrina F6

Treslea F9

Daphne F6

Ella F8

Little My is looking for a competent Guardian who will continue her handling training out in the home.

She loves plenty of attention and will happily stand for hours being groomed.

She loves plenty of fuss and attention and is very good to handle and groom.

His happy and cheeky personality makes him very funny and a joy to be around.

She loves to have plenty of fuss and attention and enjoys being groomed.

Treslea thrives with one to one interaction, so she is looking for a competent Guardian to take the time to get to know her.

Daphne is a kind and inquisitive mare that loves interacting with people.

Ella enjoys her work and is very keen to please. She is a very good girl to catch, lead and loves to be groomed.




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Moses and his friend Dansak wearing their party hats

SPILLERS™ introduces improved recipe for HAPPY HOOF’s™ 20th Birthday SPILLERS is celebrating SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF’s 20th Birthday with a new and improved recipe for their iconic high fibre feed, and Redwings pony Moses has put on his party hat to join the celebrations.

n New SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF Molasses-Free are available from your local stockist. For more details contact the SPILLERS Care-Line on + 44 (0)1908 226626 or visit www.spillers-feeds.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF Molasses-Free now have an even lower starch and sugar content making them a safer choice for your horse or pony. Redwings’ miniature Shetland pony Moses stars as the handsome face of the new HAPPY HOOF bags and advertising. SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF Molasses-Free are both low calorie, high fibre feeds with less than 10% starch and sugar to produce a low insulin response. They are ideal for good doers such as native ponies like Moses, those prone to laminitis and those in light work. Both feeds have a full blend of vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet, plus 15 milligrams of biotin per 3kg serving, which is proven to support hoof health. They can be fed on their own, alongside a balancer to extend eating time or as a hay replacer and are approved by the Laminitis Trust. The molasses-free version is especially for those who are concerned about molasses in their horse’s diet. Miniature Shetland pony Moses was born at Redwings Horse Sanctuary after his mum, Ruth, was rescued from common land in Lincolnshire where she had been living with 70 other ponies in a semi-wild and neglected state. He has grown into a friendly and loving chap and is now an education pony,

Moses modelling for the HAPPY HOOF packs with SPILLERS Brand Manager Kirstie Scott

travelling to local events to help educate about the importance of equine welfare and raise awareness of the charity’s work. Steph Callen, Communications Manager at Redwings Horse Sanctuary said: “We are all very proud of the work Moses does to help raise awareness of Redwings. He takes everything in his stride and was a perfect model for the SPILLERS photoshoot. Becoming the new face of HAPPY HOOF has firmly cemented his superstar profile to horse lovers but in our eyes, he has always been a hero!” RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 FEBRUARY – 29 MARCH 2020


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Animals in Distress

Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330

Truffle F15

Treacle F20

Jessie & Sanchez M3-4

Betsy F8 mths

Star F

She is suitable for companion pony but no good for riding nor a child's pony.

She is Truffle’s mum. She will need and experienced person is not a child pony but a companion.

They are indoor rabbits. This is Jessie mainly brown and Sanchez mainly white. Both are male 3 and a half year old. They were brought in as their owners moved to a new house that didn't allow pets.

She was brought into us by her owners as an indoor rabbit but they no longer had the time for. She’s believed to be a lion head lop.

A small 10hh pony so not a riding pony. Has a field shelter in the winter where she is fed in.

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Arthur M1-2

Barney M13

Tilly F4

Bella F8

Peter M

Bubbles M

Rose F

Lawrence M

He is such a lap cat, loves a fuss and is friends with everyone.

Needs a retirement home where he can live the rest of his days in peace with no other pets and no children.

She enjoys looking outside, is vocal and enjoys a stroke on her terms.

You may find Bella curled up on a comfy chair indoors but only if she wanted to.

He needs a home with someone who can give him patience and a small female for him to cuddle.

He likes lots of space to run and Binky, so hopefully there is a lady bun out there that would we willing to love him.

Rose is an indoor bunny. She is very mischievous and loves a cuddle.

He is quite small and delicate and very curious. He loves to play hide & seek and scurry about.

Palace Piggies


Skipper M4

Chino M6-7 mths

Pamela F

Sky F2

Bobby M

Willow F

Sandra F

Prudence F

Skipper is about 4 years old and looking after Chino, they are looking for their forever home.

Chino was born at the end of September, he is looking for his forever home, hopefully with Skipper.

Pamela is a beautiful young piggie with a great sense of adventure and fun.

She is finding it very difficult to find anyone she wants to live with, hopefully she will find someone who understands her!

Bobby is a neutered male looking for a new home with a wife or wives!

Willow is lovely little piggie who would love to find a forever home.

Sandra is a lovely youngster who is looking for her forever loving home.

Prudence is a very quiet little lady who will be available for her forever home soon.

North East Guinea Pig Rescue

Scottish SPCA www.scottishspca.org


Joey & Jerry M4-5

Kevin M1

Rocky & Cooper M1

Blue F


Gregory Peck

They are 4.5 years old and looking for a f orever home with a garden run for grazing in the warmer months and indoor setup (Min 5ft X 2ft). They are placid, friendly and vocal. They sleep curled up next to each other.

He will likely be neutered and looking to join a gentle sow or two.

They are becoming more confident though. They love the run here on warm days. They are almost a year old and would love a home where they will get lots of TLC. They get on really well as a pair with no issues. They need an indoor enclosure or heated environment.

She will require a large cage filled with toys and perches to keep her happy.

Will require a large secure cage filled with toys and things to keep them busy.

Ideally his new home will have a flock of lovely ladies for him to look after.

All Star Parrots

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Fred M7 mths

Ariel & Raphael

Marvel M19 mths

Nala F6

Sam M

Monty M2

Gary M2

Celia & Clarice

Fred requires an experienced home where he can be the sole companion.

they love to come out their cage and will sit on top and then go back in.

He loves being out free flying, although he can be cheeky when you want him to go back in.

Nala is a beautiful bird but just needs time with someone that she can bond with.

He really needs a home where he can grow with a patient owner.

Monty is a lively, inquisitive bird. He loves to fly around and needs to have a good size aviary.

He will need other compatible Parakeets as company as he is a social bird and doesn't like being alone.

We are looking for this cute pair to be rehomed to an aviary with other compatible finches.




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Fife Cat Shelter

Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330

www.dogmatic.org.uk Brysons Animal Shelter




Lily F2

Maisie F7

Tiki F6

Iris F6-7

Oliver M3

Bowie F12

She looks rather startled in this photo, as she had just been brought into the Shelter. She is a pretty tabby/tortie.

She's a bit unsettled just at the moment because of her change in circumstances, but she enjoys attention.

She has been a much loved cat and should soon become more confident and show her friendly nature.

She’s confident and playful indoors but can be slightly anxious outside.

With the right owner he will make a loyal, well-behaved companion.

She loves going for long walks, playing fetch and having a good cuddle.


Tilly F3

Toby M3

Lucian M10 mths

Harvey M8

Fliss F6

Coco M3

Puzzle M2

Rusty M6

She loves her food so it is easy to reward her for positive behaviour. An adult homewould be a positive for Tilly.

Toby will need a quiet, confident adult home to take him forward and make him a happy, relaxed dog.

a happy, friendly boy who will need an owner with the time to give him the attention and training he needs.

We are looking for a quiet adult home for Harvey where he can hopefully start to relax and settle.

This very pretty girl will need an adult home as she definitely only wants attention on her terms!

He would benefit from having a female companion. Would like a home where he receives lots of attention!

He isn’t the easiest boy and will need an experienced, confident owner. Not to behomed with children or pets.

Rusty’s new owner will need to invest time in him, but they will get an amazing reward.

Animals in Distress


Gino M7 & Siena F7

Kobe M2-3

Billy M9

Trump M2

April F11 mths

Max M1

Barnaby M6 mths

Hello my name is Gino and I am ideally looking for a home with my friend Siena, we really do adore each other and like nothing more than snuggling up together on a comfy bed. We could possibly live with another large dog but unfortunately we could not live with a small dog or cats.

I would benefit from going to a home with someone who knows my breed as I would really like to use my brain to its full potential.

I come across as the big I am but actually I”m a very sweet loving boy that is looking for a home I can call my own.

I”m a larger than life character I am full of energy and am very cheeky and also very needy.

I’m hoping to meet a lovely HusBun that can teach me that humans aren’t so scary!

I am a very shy boy, but really enjoy having my hair brushed and I am getting used to human contact.

I’m really looking forward to meeting a new pal. We can spend our days cutting the grass and zooming around a nice big run in the garden!

Bath Cats and Dogs Home


Sadie F7

Alfred M10

Annabelle F3

Blaze M3

Cyril M14

Marbles F12

Jemima F13

Peppa F8

She is great at playing the 'find it' game with treats.

He is looking for a quiet home where he can relax and snooze the day away,

Annabelle is a playful girl looking for a calm home and a patient owner to bring her out of her shell.

He is looking for someone that wants to spend lots of time training and building his confidence using positive methods.

He loves attention and is very chatty and likes a cuddle. He will definitely be a lap cat!

She is super affectionate, loves fuss and will to meow for people’s attention.

Jemima is a gentle lady who we think will blossom into a warm and loving companion.

She can use a catflap and enjoys spending time inside snoozing but venturing outside to explore as well.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue


Sonic M10 mths

Eddie M8

Norma F1-2

Marshall M5

Flyer F1

Alan M1

Neville M5

Brandy M15

I would like an active family as I enjoy long walks where I can explore everything!

I am looking for an active adult only home as the only pet in the household.

I can be quite aloof and independent, but also love my cuddles and grooming too!

I am looking to find a quiet, adult only home in a rural environment.

I am also a very smart girl as I quickly figure out all of the activity toys they give me.

My preferred companion would be a neutered, vaccinated female rabbit of a similar size and age to myself.

My favourite thing is monkey nuts I will even do tricks for them.

My forever home must be with an adult who has exceptional handling skills and knowledge of nervous, unbroken horses.




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MEAT FARM DOGS ARE CHRONICALLY STRESSED New research uses hair cortisol concentrations as a marker of stress and welfare status of farmed and pet dogs in South Korea

In South Korea, it is estimated that over two and a half million dogs are eaten annually. The farming of dogs for meat production is controversial due to cultural differences and the role of dogs as companion animals in many cultures. Where dog farming exists, it is often unregulated, with animals maintained in intensive, unsanitary conditions with poor veterinary care throughout and at the end of their life. Scientists at the University of Glasgow have recently completed a study, part-funded by UFAW, which is the first to report hair cortisol concentrations as a marker of stress, and therefore of welfare status, of farmed and pet dogs in South Korea. Dogs, like many other animals, produce more cortisol as part of a stress response to a demand or threat and the aim of the study was to assess if dogs surrendered from meat farms exhibited higher concentrations of cortisol in hair relative to pet dogs in the same area. The results, which were recently published in the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) journal Animal Welfare, showed that dogs from meat farms had higher concentrations of cortisol than pet dogs, suggesting higher levels of chronic stress. The study used 84 pet dogs whose

owners lived in Seoul and 86 dogs from ten different dog meat farms close to the city. The farmed dogs had been voluntarily surrendered to two charities, Save Korean Dogs and Humane Society International (HSI). One of the report’s authors, Professor Neil Evans from the Institute of Biodiversity, University of Glasgow said: “In South Korea, the demand for dog meat is serviced by over 750,000 dog meat farms. However, as dogs are not legally classified as livestock, dog farming is largely unregulated and the welfare of the dogs unprotected. While the concentration of cortisol is only one measure of stress, our research provides the first quantitative evidence that dogs in meat farms are kept in conditions associated with poor welfare and identifies the need for better welfare law to protect farmed dogs. Our findings could also inform those who consume dog meat of the potential long-term physiological suffering of these dogs, and could bring about a re-evaluation of the cultural beliefs regarding the consumption of dog meat.” While there has been international condemnation of the consumption of dog meat in countries such as South Korea, it remains popular as a result of tradition and its supposed effects on well-being. n For further information visit www.ufaw.org.uk

I can see clearly now my hair is gone A Battersea Sheepdog has been given a whole new look after a much-needed haircut, leaving him virtually unrecognisable. Old English Sheepdog, Arlo, came into Battersea when his owners were no longer able to look after him. Arlo’s fur was so long and matted it covered his eyes, meaning he’d regularly walk into walls and doors when he first arrived at the London rehoming centre. As Arlo’s knots were so bad, Battersea staff had no choice but to clip all of Arlo’s hair off to make him more comfortable. It took three people two hours to clip the two-yearold from head to toe, removing 1.8 kilograms of hair while he was under sedation. Rebecca Lodder, Rehoming and Welfare Manager at Battersea says: “We wouldn’t normally clip a dog with such long hair but as Arlo was in such discomfort, we felt that this was best for his welfare. Dogs with long hair require a lot of grooming and attention. This not only helps to keep them looking smart, but grooming is also vital for their physical health and wellbeing, too. Arlo’s mats were so severe that they’d pull at Arlo’s skin, leaving him uncomfortable and anxious when he was being handled. He’s now having lots of positive training to help show www.rescueandanimalcare.com

him that grooming and handling can be an enjoyable experience. “Arlo seems to have grown in confidence since having a haircut, too. He can see properly and is so much more comfortable with handling. He’s had a real ‘glow-up’ and now loves nothing more than running around and playing with his friends.” Grooming is vital for all dogs, but especially for those with long hair. If a dog’s fur gets too matted or long, it can cause great discomfort and lead to infections in their eyes or ears. Keeping their coat knot-free will also help to keep your dog cooler in hot weather. Rebecca continues “Arlo’s coat will eventually grow back, so he is looking for new owners who will help to keep him looking like the suave, well-groomed boy that he has become. Arlo’s new owners will need to show him that it’s fun to be pampered and introduce him to grooming at a pace that suits him.”


Arlo before hai

Arlo after hairc


n If you’re interested in rehoming Arlo, or need tips on grooming, please visit www.battersea.org.uk RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 FEBRUARY – 29 MARCH 2020


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J&Ms Bunny Haven

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Marble F2

Fluffy F3-4

Teddy M1

Shadow M11mths

He currently lives in a shed so would suit an indoor or outdoor home.

She is a lovely rabbit and is now looking for her very own home.

He is a friendly boy and will be fully vaccinated before leaving us at the rescue.

He is a friendly boy and will be fully vaccinated before leaving us at the rescue.

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Tiny Paws MCR


Olaf M22 mths As a red-eyed bunny, Olaf’s eyesight isn’t great and he does ‘scan’ by moving his head from side to side often.

Sam, Aurora & Evelyn Aurora & Evelyn are the more confident of the group, while Sam is a bit more nervous.


Peppa F6

Greebo M13-15

Matilda F8-9

Missy F2-3

Bubbles F4

Petal F2-3

Maisie F8

Pesto F7

She would benefit from an understanding home that has experience with cats!

He wouldn't complain about receiving a yummy wet food treat.

Matilda is every so slightly timid, and enjoys quality time with her bed!

Missy is an adorable and vocal girl, who loves attention and her food!

As you can see from the picture, Bubbles is a very sweet cat who loves a cuddle!

She would benefit from a home that will allow her to settle in her own time.

She is now looking for her forever home where she can be spoilt!

Pesto is a lovable tortie, who craves attention and treats!

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Polly F1 & Gemma F5 mths

Kenny & Diego M7 mths

Roland M2 & Alfie M5 mths

Billie M4 & Gwen F4

Polly is a healthy, beautiful girl of 1 year old. She is happily bonded with her daughter Gemma who is approx. 5 months old. Polly is a little shy and nervous yet and will require a patient and gentle family willing to give her time to blossom. Gemma is a lovely natured young lady in great health and she is learning that cuddles are fun.

brothers in great health. These closely bonded boys are happy and full of energy, they are learning fast that cuddles can come with treats. A super, energetic and entertaining pair of piggies best suited to families who have experience of boars.

Roland is happily bonded with Alfie who is 5 months old and is full of adventure. Alfie is learning that cuddles are fun. These boys will be great additions to the right family.

Billie and Gwen are healthy, 4 year old best friends looking for their forever retirement home together. These beautiful ladies are friendly, sweet natured ladies who enjoy cuddles. They are looking for a quiet home with a family willing to pamper them. They are suitable for most families.



Belle F4

Betsy F5

Buddy M4

Georgie F12

Mollie F17

Belle forms close bonds with people if they take the time to get to understand her quirky behaviours!

She has the staffie wiggle down to perfection and loves to dance around with her toy.

He is very clever and is currently enjoying fun agility. Buddy is very vocal and always will be.

I am a sweet, friendly girl who loves a fuss. I am a typical torti at times.

I am looking for a very special owner to shower me with love in my twilight years.

Clover and Pipkin F9 mths Due to their breed they need extra care around their feet as Rex rabbits are prone to sore hocks.

Wythall Animal Rescue

Bury Stray Cat Fund



Fern F5

Gringo M2

She is looking for an outdoor home with lots of space to explore.

Gringo loves exploring his enclosure so would love a large home with lots of space to play and explore.

Petals & Flowers F3

Candice F2

Flora F3

Teddy M4

Buddy M4

Munchie M5

Margo F4

We are very friendly and love our food. We like investigating the big run that we go into.

I need to be rehomed with female guinea pigs or a neutered male guinea pig.

I am lonely and am looking for a guinea pig companion.

Looking for his loving forever home with new owners.

Can you give this gorgeous boy a loving new home.

He is ready to receive lots of TLC 24 hours a day.

Looking for her loving forever home with new owners.




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Read about some of our favourite animal charities- best enjoyed with a cuppa and curled up with your dear pet and thinking there may be room...

Rescue And Animal Care magazine 29th February - 29th March 2020 – Issue 152  

Read about some of our favourite animal charities- best enjoyed with a cuppa and curled up with your dear pet and thinking there may be room...

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