Thursday, 30 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
I'm saddened to tell you that Charlie has not been reserved. Instead the family chosen another JRT who only arrived last Friday called Spud. He came via Inspector Ben following domestic altercations. It's great news for Spud but my lad remains in kennels for the time being, sadly.
So, I wanted to tell you about the event we have coming up at the Eighth Day wholefood co-operative on Oxford Road in Manchester. It's on Tuesday 4th August 7-9pm and it is a vegan/veggie buffet with complimentary glass of vegan wine, and then it is followed by a talk and Q&A by Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde and me. The talk is entitled 'Rescuing Manchester's Animals'. It won't be 'orrible, just interesting and insightful and you can learn all you ever wanted to know about how we operate.
You must get tickets in advance from the Eighth Day, and the cost? A snip at just £10! Please come along and support me/us.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
We are all so chuffed cos if all the money pledged comes back in, including gift aid claims, we will have raised £810 for us and the Nowzad Dogs charity. How fantastic is that.
We actually had a bit of a miscount at first and thought it was more like £1k, but it is definitely just over £800. People were so generous with their support and I am truly thankful to everyone. Even some of our home visitors, foster carers and one of our Inspectors (Mel) came along to support us, which is just so lovely. Renews my faith in humans, it really does.
Yesterday, I got to go up to the kennels to see our dogs, which is a rare occurrence, sadly, cos of having to do all the admin for the branch and event organising. Anyway, the reason why I share this snippet is because I got to meet, for the first time, a little lad called Charlie. (If you scroll right down to the bottom of this page you'll see a pic of him and his sad story.)
Charlie is a little sodkin. He is a typical Jack Russell - all the reports I have had say he either loves you or hates you and their is no grey area with him. We've actually had him since January and only one person has ever shown an interest in him but they change their mind just before they had the home visit. I was getting very worried about Charlie's future because of him being so, erm, like a Jack Russell!
Well, let me tell you, I am smitten. He is just magic. Such a character. He couldn't give a monkeys about me, all he wanted to do was walk and play. He loved it when I let out the zippy lead and ran along with him, he loved it even more ragging his lead (I had permission from Ctaherine to let him do that with the lead let out) but his favourite sport of all was jumping and splashing and sploshing in every puddle he found. Oh, what fun he had. Every puddle he made a beeline for and splish-splashed in it and got absolutely filthy. He was ace! And I enjoyed every minute of being with him.
So, you can imagine my excitement today when I learnt that someone has booked in to see him tomorrow. Please keep all your fingers and paws crossed that he likes them and they like him. He truly deserves a new home, he has been with 7 months and he was only 1 years old when he arrived.
Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day for me, I've been quite upset already today. I have to take one of my foster bunnies to be put to sleep. She and her mate have been with me for 4 months, which is why it's so hard. She has recurring dental problems and tooth root abscess, so me, Gilly and Jo have reached the decision to end her suffering. I'm heart broken and struggling with it all, especially because she is only the way she is because of the poor care and wrong diet she has been given by previous owners. I probably won't blog tomorrow cos it's going to be a tough day with the added stress of my own geriatric bunny going in to the vet for the very same problem. It feels like a very cruel irony and I'm not at peace with it all, at all.
Friday, 24 July 2009
So, what have we been up to? The most exciting news to share is that we now have homes for all 5 of Jo's ginger kitties. They are probably up to 13 weeks of age now and I am so surprised it has taken so long to find them homes but at least we finally have (albeit pending home visits). I was going to tell you about their tragic story but decided that you'll have to come along to our event at the 8th Day Cafe on Oxford Road on 4th August to hear it instead. I'll post more info about it next week.
Yesterday was great. We held our first rabbit welfare training for inspectors as part of the regional rabbit campaign. We had 12 people attend and it was a lively event. Great exchanges of ideas and more importantly each and everyone felt they had learnt really crucial information about rabbits.
It was run by myself, Anne from the RSPCA and the best rabbit vet in the world - Molly Varga. Actually, she really is, she's one of only two vets in the country with specialist degrees in exotics/mammalian species or something or other and so she really knows her stuff.
What really enthused me was that by the end of the training, most of the attendees openly expressed that they had learnt crucial stuff that will help them to do their job. One inspector even rang me later that day to say that she had really enjoyed it and had learnt loads and admitted she had gone along with the attitude that she knew everything she needed to know and thought it would be a waste of her time - but that this had proven to be far from the truth and she'd had a really ebneficial experience. So, how fab is that!
We have another two training sessions planned, so hopefully the positive experience will be shared amongst colleagues and more inspectors will book on to them. We were also really lucky to have a lovely aldy from head office called Rachel join us. She is the Scientific Officer for companion animals, specialising in rabbits - and I'm hopeful we are going to see some positive changes nationally in the RSPCA in terms of rabbit welafre policies and attitudes etc thanks to Rachel's passion for them furry buggars!
And, of course, I couldn't end today's blog without updating you on Alfie the puppy. Well, firstly, I must tell you I am in the serious bad books of my 10 year old niece Charlotte - oops! Charlotte and I are holding an under 11s discos on 1st August to raise money for the branch. I decided to issue a press release about 'Charlotte's fundraiser' and how she helps her mum with fostering our animals and that the latest one was a beaten puppy.
I sent it to the Salford Advertiser who liked the story and asked to photograph Charlotte and Alfie - only I never asked Charlie's permission and so mean auntie Susie is making her do it! And Charlotte has been absolutely mortified and furious with me - she's at that peculiar age. However, she did share her mars bar with me yesterday, so I can't be in that much trouble anymore!?!
But now, I'm not quite sure what I'm in trouble for! Because the paper now want her mum included in the photos and Charlie is livid cos "mum will ruin it". Go figure, hey.
Anyway, pup is making the most remarkable recovery. He is so much brighter and alert and he is finally playing! He gets giddy now, like puppies should, and he did his second bark yesterday. He has stopped convulsing when he breathes too and his head is almost straightened now, though I'm not sure it will ever be completely straight.
The future is looking so bright for him now and next week we will start looking for a home for him. Ahhhhhh.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Today Jonty bunny went to his new home after I did his home visit out in the Huddersfield countryside yesterday- it was a beautiful location. He is being given the very apt name of Rolo - he is a little silver fox type lop with milk choc colouring with caramel patches around the ears and belly - so Rolo really is a great name.
We have Jemima, Dora and Pecan all waiting to be 'bonded' with a suitor each - so whilst there's no guarantees it will work, we can but keep our paws crossed. And then Jack and Jill are wanted too, to live as a pair. They were abandoned together in car park in the middle of nowhere. There were two babies, Salt and Peppa with them and before long Jill gave birth to 3 more. She has taken weeks to recover from the consecutive births but she is now back to full health and living next door to her mate, and bonding will begin soon. It is a real bunny love story!
I am delighted to tell you that the home visits have also passed for Summer the cat & Lola the cat, Toffee the puppy (gone today). So all 3 puppies seemingly found a home in a week!
Today we admitted a gorgeous new fella called Sam - cor is he scrummy. He is an all black cat except for a little bib and a white belly. His owners abandoned him when they moved out. A kind neighbour has been feeding him until he could come into our care. He seems so utterly relieved and grateful to be finally indoors. He has spent the afternoon in our offices and he has just been the most loving chunky cuddle monster. i hope he gets snapped up quickly as he is so yummy scrummy.
The other animal we admitted today was a 13 week old male Jack Russell puppy. Needless to say we have nowhere for pup to go at the moment but we'll worry about that tomorrow because today we had to admit him to the vets for assessment due to his history. In brief his owner is terminally, was in hospital for the day and came home and found puppy unwell, boyfriend drunk and scarred and concluded that he had beaten up the pup. She turned to the RSPCA for help and at the emergency vets pup was found to have no obvious signs of harm but was convulsing, lethargic and with a distended tummy. So it looks possible that pup has eaten something he shouldn't have. The owner could not afford the vet bills so signed him into our care. Tomorrow we will no more but he will likely need an xray to see if there is something in his tummy.
So, you see, I couldn't turn him away. His name? Scooby! That means we have 3 animals with that name - a guinea pig, kitten and now pup.
Monday, 13 July 2009
- Friday we collected in Asda for 4 hours and got £100, which is great
- Saturday was the Summer Fair and we had a tremendous response, about 2000 people came along and we had the best weather and fabulous time. We took just over £2000, which is just brilliant. I enjoyed it so much I want to do it all over again, now!
- Sunday we had a stall a tiny community fun day and in three hours raised £135, which is very pleaseing indeed!
I have to say I am now completely pooped but it's onwards and upwards for a Mutt Strutt in two weeks time, more about that in a later blog.
On the animal front things are also brilliant:
- A minor miracle in the form of a reserve on our beautiful 10 year old cat Lola. We always take ages to find oldies a new home but we reckon her pretty face is what has swung it for her.
- We have reserves on two of the three puppies - one going tomorrow
- We have reserves on 2 of the three ginger boy kittens
- Monty the bunny's home visit passed today and he is being collected as I type.
- We also have a reserve on Monty's brother Jonty - I'm doing the home visit on Weds.
- Sally the dog is going to her new home on Weds
- Rita the dog, pictured, is going tomorrow
- My gorgeous boys Joey and Elvis are going to their new homes today along with Jo's foster cat Frank. They are all on my office together at the moment, a little unsure about what is going on! I feel like I'm abandoning my babies :o(
What else do I have to report? Well, we had a featute article in the Trafford Metro this weekend on our animals available for adoption and we have received quite a few calls of interest....at this rate we may actually mange to get our numbers down to a respectable level. We have managed to cut from 84 to 70 but our long term goal iss 55 so we can afford to keep going for another few years!
I really feel like smiling lots today, so I am and I will for a few more hours.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Longest Sit & Stay
Best 6 Legs
Best Dog & Owner Look-a-Like
Best Rescue Dog
Best in Show
Free goody bag for each participant
Live music from local bands including The Hayley Faye Band - all powered by solar power! Plus a Cuban dance workshop 2-3pm - learn to salsa.
Flyball demos and chance to take part all day long
Bouncy castle, climbing wall, football tournament and traditional fairground
And if that weren't enough, there's me! How good is that?
Hope to see you all on Saturday and I will report back Monday.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
All details about the fair on the poster above - so please come along.