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You Should Visit Wood Green #CharityTuesday

Posted on 27th September 2016 in #charitytuesday/ animal rescue/ animals/ cat/ cat rescue/ poke/ Pokemon/ Pokemon Go

Screen Shot 2016-09-25 at 15.31.05Being as I am a *keen animal lover (*nutty, passionate, talks to animals etc etc), it should come as no surprise to you to learn that I tend to get my pets from rescue centres.

What I want to share with you today is that you shouldn’t just go to your local rescue centre when you are searching for a replacement for Tiddles, rather you should go there as an enjoyable day out and an opportunity to teach children about the amount of care pets need.

20160917_190417My local rescue centre, Wood Green, has really embraced the idea of engaging with visitors and welcomes people onto its wonderful grounds for many reasons.What can you expect to find? In addition to a wide variety of animals hoping to be rehomed (dogs, cats, ferrets, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, alpacas, mice, gerbils, rats, reptiles etc) you will find a well stocked shop, a friendly cafe with oodles of gluten free items, toilets, free car parking, a memorial garden, beautiful grounds to walk in and even a wedding area!

They also hold regular events in their arena – dog shows, craft fairs etc. Coming up soon they have a sponsored fire walk and they recently held two very successful #PokemonGo evenings, making full use of their 5 pokestops, gym and abundance of Pokemon (including Charmander, Blastoise, Polliwag and Dratini to name but a few).

IMG_20160924_154307So if you fancy somewhere different to take your children, are looking for elusive Pokemon or just somewhere beautiful to enjoy a cup of tea – head over to Wood Green animal shelter.

As for my pets, well I currently have Max and Chopper who both came from Wood Green.

You can read more about Max’s adventures here.
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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.

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