There is a river running through the National Animal Welfare Trust re-homing centre in Berkshire where the road and fields should be. They have had to close the Centre to the public and hire a 4x4 vehicle with snorkel exhaust to shuttle staff and animals in and out of the Centre.

This week, I thought I would give you an insight into problems the weather can give animal rehoming centres and the different ways we can help. Donations to help pay for the hire of the 4x4 would be welcome .

Animal Helpline has appealed for quilted dog coats to keep their dogs warm. Regular readers will know that last year, I visited Animal Helpline - a rehoming charity near Peterborough which takes dogs from dog pounds. Many of the stray dogs picked up in Ealing have ultimately been taken there. It is in the heart of the country and I am sure will be nippy in Winter. If you have any spare quilted dog coats and need help sending them, let me know (marion@garnett-online.info) and I will pick them up and send them.

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Earlier this year, I told you that, due to the rain, Dogs Trust in Harefield were short of blankets and towels. Yesterday, I took the dogs there a huge bag full of towels and blankets donated by Ealing Gazette readers. Many of the blankets were hand knitted. A huge thank you to all those who donated items.

Whilst there, I met Cornelius - a sweet gentle 3 year old lurcher who was brought over from Ireland where he was a stray. If you are able to home this beautiful boy, see more details (he likes food and chasing things) at  or go and see him at Harvil Road, Harefield, UB9 6JW.

You will be able to meet Dogs Trust and over 30 other animal welfare groups at the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar at Hanwell Methodist Church, Church Road, W7 1DJ on Saturday March 1 from 10.30am – 4.00pm.

Admission is free. More details from www.animalwelfarebazaar.info .