Sandy has two words describing him outside his run at Southall Cat Adoption Centre.

I’ve heard plenty of people described in two words, not all of them complimentary. Sandy’s description reads “”Vocal Sweetheart”. If this was a tube of Love Hearts, the next one would say “Be Mine”. Sandy is certainly a sweetheart with a gorgeous, husky voice.

This four-year-old tabby and white cat came into the care of the RSPCA, as a stray, in April. He loves being with people and adored having his photo taken. If you are able to give Sandy the Love Heart “My Pet”, call 0300 1230746 or visit him at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.

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The Adoption Centre is holding their Open Day on Saturday August 9 from 11am to 3pm. There will be stalls, BBQ and lots of activities. It has the makings of a great day out. Last year, I cycled there along the canal – just have to make sure I surface at the right bridge this year. At present the Centre is looking after 50 cats and 45 kittens so they are hoping for a bumper fund-raising event. They particularly need cat scratching towers and radiator beds.

If you are looking for something fun and educational for children, the RSPCA Animal Champion scheme is open to children aged 6-12 years and is free to sign up at www.rspca.org.uk. Children receive a toolkit with 18 different animal themed activities to choose from. All the child has to do is complete five of these activities over the Summer.

One activity is a small fund-raising challenge but the toolkit has a booklet and stickers to help them. Challenges to choose from include inviting friends for an animal themed sleepover, doing animal detective work and building dens. When all five activities are complete, the RSPCA Champion Certificate and special award. Or, in Love Heart language, “Well Done”.

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