Every day I look at the empty pens in the cattery and I wonder if we will ever be in a financial position to forge ahead with our new cattery plans. Some of the  pens are out of use because they leak too badly  for us to be able to use them for animal quarters and so we are extremely limited to the numbers of cats we can actually accommodate nowadays. It was nice, therefore ,to rehome enough cats recently to allow us  to take in some more off our  ever growing waiting list. Lily and Daisy have come to us because of their owners ill health and they are such pretty little cats I am sure they will not be with us for too long.  Beautiful fluffy Tabby  Jenny lost her home after 8 years due to the arrival of a new baby who was allergic to her and handsome  Lucky and Micky became homeless also due  to their owner’s ill health. The one thing these cats all have in common is that they are super friendly and affectionate cats with lovely personalities. What struck me about Jenny and Micky is that they are identical to my my first cats when I was a child. Those  gorgeous dark tabby markings  are not seen  so often nowadays and  I’m sure some of my readers will remember me saying this previously , but  during my childhood  in Liverpool, Tabbies were known as Scottie (Scotland) Road cats.  I presume this was because they were so prevalent in the area- every other cat was a stripey one .but if anybody knows  the  real story behind that name please let me know. To this day I have remained a  great fan of the tabby cat, they evoke fond memories of childhood and our  first two  family cats Lizzie and Andy  who , like others after them,lived to a great age in our Crosby home.We lived off a main road  in a very busy street which had constant traffic up and down but our cats always lived long lives . That fact does make me wonder if it is the cats living  in quieter roads or in rural areas which are more likely to fall victims to passing cars . After all ,if the road is generally not busy, cats  may feel more confident about crossing them, whereas if there was a constant stream of traffic, they would possibly be more likely to keep away from the noise and the danger.It is just a theory but it could well be true in many cases.

Our latest canine rescue is Buster , a 2 years old cross Jack Russell who was booked in to a local Vet to be destroyed. The appointment was very early in the day so I had to make a quick decision about him. This may sound like a ‘No brainer’  but it really isn’t when there are so many  other dogs in  great need of rescuing. For instance there is a Patterdale terrier in the Dog Pound which we were planning to take in so his rescue has had to be delayed and it cannot be delayed for long or he  will be in the same boat as Buster. Regarding Buster,  I knew he was good  with strangers to his  home  (I  sent a friend to assess him) and was fine with other dogs and cats so how could  I allow his life to be taken away from him. I am so glad that decision was made, he is adorable and no trouble at all. I’m not sure what he is crossed with, certainly there is Jack Russell in him but he is the size at least  of a  cocker spaniel and has a slightly wiry coat(JR again)He is not a Parsons Terrier, he is too  heavy boned,  but could be crossed  with a collie maybe? It’s anybody’s guess.

People have been to see our deaf dog Harvey and they are returning tomorrow to take him for another walk.They seem to be keen but Harvey takes time to accept new people.I hope they Have patience because it is about time this dog found a home.We love him dearly but it would bo wonderful if he could have a  real home of his own after such a long time with us.

There have been no rabbits here for a while as we managed to home all which were here and then our lack of funds stopped us taking in more. It costs  nearly £100 to neuter a rabbit and then there are the vaccinations needed to prevent them from   becoming infected with diseases  like Myxamytosis so it is quite an expenditure for us whilst we are struggling.Occasionally owners will help with the costs but that is an uncommon occurrence so bunnies can land us with a pretty hefty Vet Bill.That notwithstanding, we have taken in 3 over the past weeks and are currently looking for homes for these little guests of ours. There is Pandora and Pippin, delightful little female buns who came in to us because the owner could no longer find the time for them.They are just six months old and were at least vaccinated before they arrived here. This week we have admitted a  little stray rabbit we have named Snowflake(for obvious reasons) and he will be going to be neutered and vaccinated  next week, after which we will try to place him in a home with a companion rabbit.

Finally. I don’t know if anybody else read about the dog on Merseyside which had to be put down with horrendous injuries inflicted by a person or persons unknown(may they rot in hell) but someone out there knows who had this dog and who is guilty of this wicked act . let’s hope that a sense of decency will bring that person forward with information and that justice is found for this poor animal.Nothing will bring that dog back and nothing can change the terrible life he must have had but anyone capable of such evil needs to be apprehended. I only wish I could personally  mete out my idea of justice to him.

Photos: Jenny and Micky (my cat lookeylikeys) Buster and snowflake.