Thursday Dec 15th.
What a busy few weeks we have been having here. We have been busy trying to organise help for 4 months old staffie pup Pixie whose heart has been failing.Pixie came in to us when she was eight weeks old but since then her health has deteriorated and TOMORROW she is having an operation to rectify the fault in her heart.The staff in Wales think the world of Pixie (she is being fostered by Office administrator Deborah)and they have given up their Secret Santa this year and instead clubbed together to pay for the initial consultation fee at Leehurst Veterinary Hospital in Cheshire Two members of staff have also paid for the first instalment of the £4,000(£1,000) but we desperately need to raise the extra funds to complete payment so a crowd funder has been set up for this purpose.Please spread the word about Pixies plight. She is a dear little character and much loved, we cannot bear to see her life cut short.The Daily Post have promised an article over the next few days but we need every bit of publicity we can garner if we are to find the extra funds needed. If you have any ideas how to achieve this please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and speak to a member of staff. 01286 479711.
Please spread the word about Pixies plight. She is a dear little character and much loved, we cannot bear to see her life cut short.The Daily Post have promised an article over the next few days but we need every bit of publicity we can garner if we are to find the extra funds needed. If you have any ideas how to achieve this please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and speak to a member of staff. 01286 479711.
Someone has just called with six pups to get rid of! I will now be spending the next few hours trying to find a place for them.It could not have happened at a worse time, few people want to take on fostering a whole litter of pups at this time of year. It has been bad enough taking calls and trying to help the adult animals but SIX together and 10 weeks old too –wish me luck.
We took in a lovely little dog from a man with asthma living on a barge and to our horror we have just heard that he drowned his last dog! Tell me why those who knew failed to ring the RSPCA? What kind of man is he to do such a thing?There are some truly horrible people around.At last this little dog is safe now.I try my best not to dwell on such stories and focus on the good things which happen like friend and supporter Ian Fox who asked his friends not to buy him presents but instead to buy something for the animals at the shelter , and Denise and Jane who travelled from Macclesfield and New Brighton to deliver food for the animals at Xmas. Longterm supporters The Bloors regularly pop up from Penmaenmawr with goodies for the animals and there are many others whose kindness keeps us going and boosts the morale when we are all feeling dispirited. I am eternally grateful for such support, the shelter could not manage without these wonderful people.
I have just spent a few days in Liverpool visiting friends and as always there was an animal issue going on with which I become involved. My friend Diane borrowed a cat trap to catch a stray cat which has been living rough around the area where she lives in Waterloo. Amazingly the little grey and white cat was caught within minutes of the trap being set up and he was then taken to people offering him a permanent home.All well and good, however 20 minutes after delivering the cat, Diane received a call saying he had escaped up their chimney! We were all upset although I did have a feeling he would only be hiding on a ledge and I was right. Not long after the first call, another came saying that the cat was on a ledge just a foot or so up from the base of the chimney and he had come down , was eating and purring away happily. Thank goodness for a happy ending.
We have a new permanent feline resident in the Conservatory – Rosie was a stray in a nearby village and we were told she had lived with an elderly lady who had passed away.Poor old Rosie was desperate to get in the houses on the estate but nobody wanted to take her on and offer her a home.She has only one eye , the other is sunken into her head and our Vet thinks it is not adviseable to operate on her due to her age and poor condition.If ever a cat was grateful for being rescued, it is Rosie.Every time a staff member enters the conservatory, she greets them with a cry of pleasure and proceeds to make a huge fuss.She made herself at home immediately, she was just so glad to be somewhere warm and safe and she lets us know that in her own inimitable way. Of course we are fond of all our animals but there are always a few special ones which lay claim to our hearts and Rosie has joined that group by way of her sweet personality and the way she shows us how happy she is to be in our care.
The Benllech Xmas Fair raised £387 so thank you to everyone who donated their time to making it a success.
The roof on our canteen/reception was leaking very badly and John and volunteer Nigel have worked hard to repair it to a high standard. There always seems to b e something needing fixing but that is part and parcel of living on a smallholding. If it isn’t fencing,it’s roofing or doors coming off hinges, windows blowing out in the storms etc.Our Cattery and Kitten room are almost beyond repair now and although we were hoping to start work on our new cattery and animal facilities this year, we simply do not have the money to do so. It has been very disappointing but who knows, a miracle may yet happen!
If I don’t manage to write another blog before Christmas I wish you all a happy stress free , enjoyable holiday
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