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What Happens When The Rescue Centers Are Full? #CharityTuesday

Posted on 25th September 2012 in #charitytuesday/ animal rescue/ animals/ cat/ kitten/ kittens

If you’ve ever read my blog or tweeted with me you will be aware that I am an animal lover.

As such, during a recent trip to a fun day at Wood Green I seem to have accidentally acquired a new kitten! (See here for pics of her and help us name her?!) My little kitty was found at 3 weeks old in a terrible state and with no sign of her mother. She and her siblings had clearly been dumped, incredibly distressing for them and the poor mother cat.

During the process I overhead the ladies in the cat homing section say repeatedly to callers that they were ‘full’. I asked them about it and they explained that they literally were full, they had no available pens to put cats in so they’d had to set up a waiting list.

I then noticed on facebook that the local cats protection were also full.

Ditto the RSPCA.

Even the BBC news saw fit to highlight this as a problem.

So, if they are all full, what will happen to all the abandoned cats and unwanted kittens?

If you’ve been thinking about getting a pet, now could be a really good time to visit your local rescue center and rehome an animal.

Also, if you are thinking about getting a cat, how about getting a black one? Sounds mad but black cats and black & white cats are harder to rehome. http://www.cats.org.uk/news/full-up-with-black-and-black-and-white-cats

Before you point out that my new kitten is tabby, I also have a big lump of a black rescue cat at home too – you can read more about him here.

No matter where you live in the country, a cat charity called Cat Chat has a website with a list cat rehoming shelters and often details of the currently available cats, click here to take a peak! Go on…

If you aren’t in a position to offer a home to cat there may well be other ways that you can help. Most cat shelters welcome input from volunteers – could you spare a morning to help with feeding and cleaning their pens? Could you foster a mother cat and kittens until the shelter has room for them? Or could you afford a small monthly donation?

Above all, if you’ve got cats please get them neutered.

Animal Rescue

Posted on 10th August 2011 in animal rescue/ days out/ kittens/ new pet

If you are looking for a new family pet, I urge you to visit your local animal rescue centre first. All the animals there deserve a loving home.

Even if you aren’t currently looking for a pet they can make a great day out.

We recently visited two nearby animal shelters, the first Mistley Place Park was a little ramshakle but the cafe was surprisingly good and it was obvious a lot of people went there simply for that. Which is great as all the profits go towards caring for the animals.

There we met lots of chickens and an enormous goat!

and lots of ducks

But they also had owls, pigs, horses, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs.

From there we went on to SESAW as they were having an open day. They had many dogs and cats all looking for a new home. We saw so many cute kittens!

It’s so easy to fall in love with the kittens but do spare a thought for the older cats too. They don’t want to live the rest of their lives in a cage – they want a home and some loving owners.

If you are thinking about getting a kitten, why not get an older cat too? They will keep each other company and will both have a lot to offer you in terms of love.

Wherever you live in the country, if you are looking for a cat  Cat Chat is worth checking first as it offers homing pages to all the cat rescues free of charge.

My two cats came from Crescent Cat Rescue – it’s really nice to know that I’ve taken them away from a life in a cage.

B is for… Beauty

Posted on 11th November 2010 in beauty/ children/ crescent moon/ friendship/ kittens/ the moon/ writing workshop

I see beauty everywhere, especially at the moment. I see it in leaves, in puddles, in clouds and starry nights. The crescent moon last night made me literally stop my car and try to take a photograph – it was breath taking and awe inspiring. Needless to say the photo didn’t come out right, but I saw it and I remember it and it made me think ‘wow’.

I see it in people – blatantly, obviously, some people are just beautiful to look at. I pass the sixth form students on my way to work and some of them are really quite beautiful, and so young and full of promise, hopes, dreams and life. In other people, their faces may show the ravages of time or stress but their eyes sparkle and the beauty shines through. In others still it is the depths of their personality and the kindness of their soul that reaches out and draws you in. I have one friend who just being near her makes me feel warm and calm – I don’t see her enough as it happens, note to self.

I see it in animals – ok, mainly kittens 😉  Actually that’s not true, although I do adore kittens, I see true beauty mainly in wild animals. That moment in the woods or while driving along when you catch a glimpse of a deer – it’s amazing whatever your age. I think that’s something my children and I love about Centre Parcs – those glimpses of animals which you don’t normally get to see up close. We leave piles of food out for them and then wait. Ok so it backfired a tad with the swan who decided he really, really preferred living INSIDE our chalet but we live and learn…

I hear it in song lyrics, sometimes songs feel like they were written just for me.

I see it in my children – every day. I see the perfect beauty of their faces. I hear it when they laugh. I feel it when they need me. I see the wonderful people that they will become and it fair near breaks my heart because I love them so much.

I see it in memories – magical moments held forever in suspended perfection.

I see it in kindness – some people have patience and kindness that knows no bounds and it’s beautiful.

I see it in films – I love how they can stir up such immense emotions. Be it abject terror, lust, love or even anger, it’s magical.

I see it in the written word. Some people have such a gift for writing, some people truly speak to my very soul and I love it, can’t get enough of it, will never tire of it.

I see it in YOU.


If you want to enter the writing workshop the prompts are as follows:

1. Catch 22 (by Joseph Heller)
– Are you feeling stuck with no discernible way out of something?

2. Coming Up For Air (by George Orwell)
– Write about a time you found peace after a difficult time. Or, alternatively, write about breathing spaces. What helps you re-charge?

3. On Beauty (by Zadie Smith)
– Tell us about finding beauty somewhere unexpected. Or about what beauty means to you.

4. Past Secret (by Cathy Kelly)
– Do you have a secret from your past you are brave enough to share?

5. The Book of Lost Things (by Joseph Connolly)
– Write about something you have lost: emotionally, physically, or metaphorically.

C is for… Cat Chat

Posted on 6th July 2010 in cats/ charity/ Feral/ kittens/ rehoming centre/ volunteer

I have just added the autumn 10 newsletter for Cat Chat (@CatChatCharity) below and sadly have to say that this is the last one I can do for them due to my current workload.

If you visit the Cat Chat website you can find local rehoming centres near you and view pictures of cats and kittens who need homes. You can find out lots of useful information about cats and pet care, you can seek expert advice and even chat with other pet owners on the Cat Chat forum.

You can also buy gifts for the cat lover in your life!

There are many ways in which you can support the charity and help cats – visit the website now to find out more!

VIEW THE NEWSLETTERS:

Autumn 10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_autumn.pdf

Summer 10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_summer.pdf

Spring 10 newsletter:

www.catchat.org/newsletters/2010_spring.pdf

Winter 09/10 newsletter:

http://www.catchat.org/newsletters/2009_winter.pdf

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