Are you an armchair detective? If so, RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Cathy Pollendine has a mystery to solve. On Thursday October 30, Cathy got a call to say that, three days previously, a friendly cat moved into Perivale Bus Garage, Horsenden Lane South, and refused to leave. No-one knew anything about him or how he got there but he wouldn’t budge from the bus garage.

Cathy collected him and scanned him. He had a microchip and Cathy spoke to the owner who had not seen him for four years and was not in a position to take him back. Cathy describes the tabby and white cat (who she called Rolo) as absolutely lovely and very affectionate. He looks as though he has been well looked after.

So, Cathy is asking: Who has been looking after the cat for the past four years? Why did he turn up at the bus garage and why would he not leave? If you recognise the cat or have any information, contact Cathy on 07808 789385 or Also contact Cathy, if you would like to home him, if no-one comes forward.

If you are free on Tuesdays or Fridays, Ealing and Hounslow RSPCA are looking for volunteers to help in their shop on Ealing High Street. The RSPCA relies on shops like these to raise valuable funds for their work, so contact Cathy if you can help.

Finally, it’s always useful to do something you enjoy and raise money for charity at the same time. To coincide with National Novel Writing Month, Animals Asia is organising a creative writing workshop led by Heidi Stephenson with all proceeds going to Animals Asia. Heidi has written stage and screen plays, radio dramas for the BBC and published a book on playwriting. The workshop takes place on November 29 in Queen’s Park. It costs £75 including lunch. Details from 07799 036512.