I just had to share this story with you as I was blown off my feet last night.
Thursday, 31 December 2009
I just had to share this story with you as I was blown off my feet last night.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
The recent press coverage that the Tories will overturn the ban on hunting wild animals has horrified me and if it happened I would be ashamed to call myself British/English because the one thing I feel most proud of about this country is the fact that we have some of the best animal welfare laws in the world.
I wanted to share with you details of a recent press release from the RSPCA in the hope that I can inspire you to vote sensibly in the next election and not be complacent and leave to someone else to do!
The RSPCA has released figures to show that the 2004 Hunting Act is more successful at bringing crimes against wildlife than any other wildlife legislation. The Hunting Act has it's 5th Anniversary in Feb 2010 and here is how it has helped so far in securing convictions compared to other wildlife acts:
Badgers Act 1991 = 6
Deer Act 1991 = 1
Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 = 3
Hunting Act 2004 = 48
In addition the success rate for prosecutions under the Hunting Act is 77%, which is way higher than for any other act.
An Ipsos-Mori Poll (Sept 2009) found that 75% of the public support the ban and 84% support the ban on stag hunting and 85% support the ban on hare hunting.
Probably the best news of all has come from the European Court of Human Rights, who, on 17 Dec 2009, ruled that challenges to the act so far were inadmissible as they did not contravene human rights, e.g. to make a living etc out of the so-called sport.
And you might want to check out this website too: huntingact.org which has been set up by lead animal welfare groups to help advise law enforcers on the distinction between legal and illegal hunting.
Please don't be complacent about voting in the 2010 elections, your vote really will make a difference to animal welfare. This is your chance to make a stand and save our wildlife from cruelty in the name of sport.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. x
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Thursday, 19 November 2009
I also delivered a presentation, which admittedly was nerve wracking cos there was double the number of people I had expected and so it was quite overwhelming. Anyway, I seemed to manage to fudge my way through the perils of using non 'quick-release safety buckle' cat collars and gross everyone out with really gruesome pictures of nasty injuries. I was the first speaker (after about 5) that got asked questions at the end so I'm thinking I must have been thought provoking.
So, back to it today and the dawning of realisation that I have to put together a Christmas Fayre in less than a week and I am yet again feeling overwhelmed. I'm all sorted with plans and volunteers - I just need raffle prizes, cake donations and help with labelling a million teddies for a teddy tombola no less! Oh magic.
I've also come up with some gift ideas that I now need to sort out, including - buy a microchip for a furry friend for just £7.50 or a Christmas Day Care Gift for a cat, dog or rabbit for just £5.00.
I'll get there, I suppose, just need cloning, again!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
So, what do I want? I want you! Can you please let me know if you can help with any of the following:
- volunteering to help set up from 10 am and run a stall (we open 11 til 2pm)
- get making and baking for us - cakes, jams, chutneys anything!
- donate plants
- donate raffle prizes - gifts, booze, tickets etc
- donate any handicrafts, gift items etc
- put up posters and help with publicising the fair (see attached poster)
- anything else you think will helps us with our event.
If you want to be involved and help raise dosh for our furries please drop me an email - and if you can donate items we can let you know how to get them to us or arrange to get them for you.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Jed is a fantastic medium sized cross breed; he is approximately 5-6 years old. Jed came into our care via an RSPCA inspector, the reason for which cannot be disclosed on the internet but will be discuss with the right potential owner. Considering what Jed has been through he is a remarkably well rounded dog - he is very friendly and loves his cuddles. Jed is ok with other dogs and seems to have a healthy respect for cats! Anyone who takes on this wonderful dog will be rewarded with lots of love and a very faithful friend for life.
Prince is approximately 4 years old. He is a very handsome GSD cross. Prince came into our care after he was found tied up outside a local supermarket. He had obviously been dumped as he had been there for several hours - we reckon he will need a very secure home as he is a bit of an escape artist in the making at the kennels, he probably came from a home where it was normal to just open your back door at let the dog go roaming (I live in Salford, it happens all the time).
And finally there are Gemma and Snoop on a special BOGOF offer! They are 2 middle aged ladies looking for a new home together. Gemma, on the right of the picture, is a terrier cross, approximately 8 years old. Snoop, on the left, is a Jack Russell cross, approximately 9 years old. They were signed over to the RSPCA by their very ill owner who wanted a better life for them. Both these girls are still quite lively and still have a lot of life left in them - aren't they funny looking buggars!
Monday, 26 October 2009
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Any way, we are delighted to have him and so would you be if you adopted him. He is on foster care with 4 other dogs and two children and gets on brilliantly with them all - he really will make a fantastic family pet.
We love Skipper!
We have just 40 tickets remaining - don't miss out. To book please call 0161 882 -0680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If I make it to the 7th Nov it will be a miracle, the stress is unbelievable - I hope only hope it's worth it in the end for our animals. Check out Skipper!
Monday, 5 October 2009
Comparison stats for rehoming on 1st 9 months:
2008 cats = 176 2009 cats = 136
2008 dogs = 28 2009 dogs = 49
2008 buns = 38 2009 buns = 50
2008 misc = 1 2009 misc = 18
Overall we have rehomed 253animals so far this year, which is 10 more animals than the equivalent time scale for 2008 - which isn't bad for a recession!
We have also, so far this year:
Microchipped 1,140 animals (it was 540 on the whole year last year and we won an award for our efforts then).
Not bad at all......
Friday, 2 October 2009
Kia, Lucy (mum and daughter staffies), big Harley (as reported earlier) and now Bonnie and newbie Blackie - yippeeeeeeeee.
We have taken in a new guy today called Rockey, who is to die for. He is only about 7 months old, medium sized tri-colour, smashing, lovely dog. He was in an RTA, had to have his leg amputated but his owners didn't want him back because they said they couldn't manage his post op care.
So, Rocky is a tripod and a bloomin' gorgeous one at that. I reckon he'll get a home very quickly cos he is soooooo lovely.
Even more good news, we've almost booked up for the Cat Health Clinic tomorrow for World Animal Day and we are now indoors for our dog microchipping event in Salford at the new Oasis Academy.
I feel reeeght chuffed.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
I am, however, still struggling to find takers for our Cat Clinic on Saturday, tis a bit surprising. You'd think people would jump at the chance of vaccinations, microchipping and vet check for £5 - but it would seem not! Money obviously very scarce at the moment. But if you know any cat owners on a low income let us know and we will book them in for the clinic in Longsight.
And we have lots of new kitty cats too - take a look at catchat.org and you'll find all our beautiful newbies. We have a new admission this week called Hatty. She was dumped in a box in the reception of the RSPCA animal hospital last week. We were her last chance today as nowhere else could take her and we'd said 'no' last week, but today we were lucky to have a space and save her from being put to sleep. She's a bonnie girl, all black with a little white bib and only young. Such a relief we could help this time.
And I have had the pleasure of sharing my office with Will today. A rather handsome cat who has clearly been stray for a while cos he's quite thin. But he is so loving and affectionate and really content to be indoors! Though having said that, I can't leave my window open as he does have a bit of a taste for fresh air. He's lovely and has the most amazing coloured eyes, very pale yellow. He's quite stately in his posture, a bit of a 'lord of the manor' sat up on the window sill looking out - he'll hopefully find a home soon. Bless him.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
It's on till Tues 29th Sept and it makes me sound like an animal hoarder!
Wednesday was a very bad day, but I'm not going to go into it cos I'll just get stressed again. But, Thursday was heaps better as we delivered rabbit welfare training to Inspectors and seemed to get really positive feedback about how much they had learnt and better understood about my favourite furry companions. (BTW rabbits are classed as exotic pets and shouldn't eat dried food, lettuce or carrots and if you are feeding your bunny this then please email me for more info, I'm here to help).
Friday was one of our crazy days again where I found myself getting nowhere fast but I am pleased to say that the tickets are beginning to sell for the gala evening. But, it's still stressing me out cos I've had no time to go begging for things and promoting the event and I feel like I am running behind schedule a bit. The cat clinic next Sat is having very little interest and I really need to go out leafleting some more around Longsight, where it's taking place, but I'm buggered if I can get there at the mo....you'd think people would jump at the chance of getting their cats vet checked, vaccinated and microchipped for £5.
But with feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment with stuff to do with the branch's finances (i.e. not having any) I'm having the weekend off for a bit of a break - luxury that, two days off in a row!
Let's hope by Monday we have loads of animals reserved and I can tell you lots of exciting things. All I can tell you at the moment is that we've bunnies coming out of everywhere. We're up to 24 and should only have 10. Wanna rabbit?
Friday, 25 September 2009
Ben has been with us since March 2009. His owner was terminally ill and so could no longer care for his beloved dog. Ben is a lovely lad, approx 7-8 years old and is desperate for a home for life. He is medium sized cross breed and great with other animals and all people and is so playful and loving. He adores his toys and bounces around with them like a puppy. Ben would suit a home where someone is around a lot as he can be quite vocal.
Harley is our longest stay dog, having been with us exactly one year. Not one person has ever shown any interest in the handsome guy despite extensive efforts by the branch to find him a home. He is a tall staffie cross, a loveable, confident dog that is deseprate for a home. Although he was an unwanted pet following the birth of a child we have found him to be great with children. He is strong on the lead but that is just as much excitement too to be out of the kennels. We really love Harley and home someone else will very soon.
Monday, 21 September 2009
By far the Salford Garden Party was the most resounding success. It was a great day, despite the rain setting in mid-afternoon, but we microchipped 57 dogs for a £1 each and took £122 in total - which is brilliant and very generous of people.
On Sunday we were at Chorlton Water Park Family Fun Day, in aid of Chrisitie's. We put an awful lot of effort in and it didn't really pay off but we still made a few pennies and microchipped 30 dogs, but only 22 dogs entered the dog show.
We also took our favourite dog Harley along for the day to enter the dog show and raise his profile to try and find him a home . Harley has been with us for exactly one year, and for no reason whatsoever. He is a gorgeous, gorgeous dog that has simply been overlooked. He is great with children, crowds, people, other dogs too - he is just quite strong on the lead so needs someone who can manage with that. We are so desperate for him to find a home - see his pics above, isn't he handsome!
On the animal side of things, well, I am delighted to tell you that before we even got her listed on the dogsblog website our beautiful new girl Lynka has found a home in sunny Preston and is leaving us today! Oh, and newbie oldie is definitely called Blackie. I've seen a pic and he is to die for. He is a German Shepherd cross - black and fluffy with a little white bib and such a lovely, lovely dog!
And on the cat side of things, I am chuffed to bits to tell you that my favourite little girl, Poppy, has finally found a home after 6 months. She's been with us for so long because she found the cattery so stressful and so we kept her in foster care but had no interest in her. We tried her for a third time in the cattery and this time she was fine and she got a reserve within two weeks of being there. The home visit is being done tonight so please keep your paws crossed!
Although I'm shattered, I do feel it has been a great weekend and seems a good start to the week.