Amy Clarkson

Amy Clarkson

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Amy Clarkson is an animal lover and the Chair to Fundraising Team at the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch.


There are approximately 8.5 million cats in the UK at this moment of time; not surprising when they are the most popular domesticated animal in the entire world – this year, however, our branch this year reached a new high in the “Cat Crisis”.

In our branch at the moment, we have over 40 cats who are looking for homes, and sadly, 50% of these cats are all black, or black and white. These are the cats who tend to suffer the most. Black cats are often seen to be less desirable than other cats, perceived to be “unlucky” by some people, and at times, are often described as “ugly”.

If you are reading this and are in agreement with those statements, think of how beautiful black cats can be too – they are certainly the most majestic, and also most magical looking cats around, and on top of that, they all seem to have brilliant personalities. I have two of my own, and they are genuinely the most stunning, crazy and comical cats I have ever known – I wouldn’t be without them!

One of the beautiful black cats in our care is at the moment is Sookie. Sookie is a gorgeous black cat who came into care as a very timid mummy to three kittens in May. Sadly for Sookie, she was left behind still waiting for her forever home when her babies were all rehomed. Sookie is only a young cat and has her whole life ahead of her – but she has been born with the one thing that will go against her in life – a black coat.

Sookie

Another of our beautiful black coats is Dexter; an older cat brought into care after being found as a poorly stray on the streets. We cannot understand why this boy was wandering the streets – and can only assume it is for the same reason why he is still waiting for his forever home. Dexter recovered amazingly well, and his personality is shining through. He is extremely affectionate and loving (constantly demanding attention!) – and very talkative! Dexter’s only “wish” is to be rehomed by a family who will love him unconditionally and be able to give him the attention that he so deserves – with or without other cats!

Dexter

This Halloween, look past the colour of the coat of these “witches’ cats” and you will see there is so much more than meets the eye. Sookie and Dexter are only two of the black cats in our care at the moment; if you are looking for a cat at this moment in time, please consider one of our beautiful “witches’ cats”.

Sookie and Dexter are both being cared for by foster mum, Moira, who can be contacted on 01522 884142.

This Halloween, the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln branch is holding the Black Cat Disco to raise funds for the animals in our care, and awareness for all the black cats who need homes. Will you join us?

It will be held on November 1, 2014 at 7.30pm in St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Centre, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln. There is a bar available for you to buy drinks and buffet, with music provided by Supernova Disco. Tickets are £6 for adults or £3 for children in advance, or to pay on the night £7 for adults and £4 for children. Fancy dress is encouraged but by no means compulsory! We do hope you can make it! Contact me on [email protected] to book.

Amy Clarkson is an animal lover and the Chair to Fundraising Team at the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch.

Rabbits are one of the most common pets in the UK today – not surprising when they are affectionate and endearing animals, who are so fascinating to watch. Like any pet, keeping a rabbit is a big commitment, one that not everyone realises when adopting a bunny.

Rabbits come in many different shapes, colours and sizes, and are a big hit amongst children. However, they do cost money, and their vet bills can be just as expensive as ones of a cat, so it is really important to think about these things before adopting!

They’re active little creatures, and need plenty of space to run and jump, as well as snuggle up and snooze. One of the most important factors blasted around the Rabbit Welfare Association is “a hutch is not enough” and I cannot begin to say how much I agree with this statement – their hutch should be their place of sleep, not a place of confinement.

Wild rabbits live in colonies, and they’re never alone – so it’s always important to make sure they have plenty of company; from a bunny companion and yourself as their human. They love you unconditionally, so it’s important that you do the same.

Sadly, every Easter, we seem to have more and more bunnies being abandoned or given up – one can only assume that these have been bought as pets for Easter (a real “perfect” Easter Bunny) and then they’ve not lived up to their expectations – they’re prey animals, so they are naturally shy and quiet. They’re also not easy to pick up sometimes, and that can cause problems when owners want to handle them all the time. My bunny, Lillie, is exactly that: she’s had a tough start to life, and is only now realising that it’s okay to be handled. She just needs time, and that is something I am more than willing to give.

In the branch at this moment in time, there are 24 bunnies for adoption who are all waiting for their forever homes.

This week, we took in thirteen rabbits who had been kept in tiny hutches for the majority of their short lives – the moment they stepped out into the garden at their foster home, they were jumping and twisting in the air (“binkying” as bunny lovers know it) as if they had never seen grass before. There are eight girls and five boys; all of whom are up for adoption, and having met ten of them, I can say they are absolute little poppets.

As well as the thirteen newbies, we have some special couples who have been in care for a lot longer than they should be.
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Mildred and George are a mother a son duo, who sadly have been in care for almost six months. This is completely astonishing as they are lovely little bunnies and not particularly old either; Mildred is two and George is one.

When they came into care, they were both kept in separate small cages. Their foster mum bonded them back together so they wouldn’t be alone and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Mildred and George are beautiful Dutch bunnies in the classic black and white, and they are waiting patiently for their forever home.
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Our second special couple is Fizz and Leo, both aged two years. Both these bunnies were adopted out, but sadly through absolutely no fault of their own had to come back into care. Fizz had to undergo emergency surgery last year to remove her back leg as she had broken it, most likely when digging. Leo had dental issues in the past, and when he came into care, Leo had horrific injuries to his nose which required staples to secure his nose back on. Since returning into care, Fizz and Leo have had little interest. Who wants a three-legged bunny and one with a history of dental, right?

These bunnies really do deserve a chance of a perfect forever home. To meet any of our bunnies, please contact Dawn, their foster mum on 07836226068.

Amy Clarkson is an animal lover and the Chair to Fundraising Team at the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch.

Last year, the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln branch took in 363 cats. These were made up not only of inspectorate cases, but also strays and those handed in by the public for many different reasons. Some of these cats found their “forever home” as we like to call it straight away; others, did not.

monty

This is Monty. Monty came into care in the Summer of 2013 as a stray. He’s a beautiful big tabby white boy who is only three years old – that’s nothing for a cat! When Monty first came into care, he was a lovely, cuddly little boy who was extremely affectionate. Sadly, Monty has become quite grumpy, and because of this, when people come to visit him in his foster home, he puts off potential new families, and he remains in kennels. There is a lovely video of Monty which shows just how affectionate he can really be – all he needs is the chance to show it. Monty is now one of two “long-termers”.

Sassy

The second ‘long-termer’ is the beautiful Sassy. Sassy came into care at the end of May 2013, again as a stray. She’s a strong-minded little lady, but she does enjoy fuss on her own terms. Sassy has come on leaps and bounds with her foster mum and she just needs to find the perfect home for her where she can keep improving. Sassy needs a home where her new family are prepared to take it at Sassy’s pace and give her the chance to blossom.

Sadly, strays are all too common; most of them probably had homes once upon a time and just went wandering without being microchipped.

Having your pet chipped is extremely important; not only does it help reunited owners with their beloved furbabies when they go walkies close by, it also ensures that if a stray is ever picked up elsewhere, the owner can be located. Microchipping is fast becoming one of the most important jobs after you take on an animal and in 2015 this will be mandatory for all dog owners.

On February 2 2014, the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln branch held their first Microchipping Clinic at the office at St Marks. On that day, we microchipped 97 animals – dogs, cats and even rabbits. That is 97 animals who are more likely to be reunited with their owners if they go for an adventure, or on a more sinister note, if they are stolen.

The method is fairly simple, and once the chip has been inserted into your pet, the details of your pet and their microchip are logged on a national database. If your pet is then scanned, your pet’s personal reference number is brought up, and this can be found on the database. The branch offers Microchipping for £10 for an office appointment or £15 for a home visit. Now that the weather is starting to get a bit better (hopefully!), your cats in particular may start thinking of going on a little holiday.

Sassy and Monty both live with their foster mum, Moira, who can be contacted on 01522 884142.

Amy Clarkson is an animal lover and the Chair to Fundraising Team at the RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch.

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