I’ve just had some wonderful news. 

One of the cats that I was going to feature this week has been homed.  Faced with the prospect of her being featured for rehoming, the foster carer is keeping her.  The foster carer - as well as the cat - is overjoyed.

Not that there is any shortage of cats to take her place.  In just the past two days, Hounslow Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) have been asked to care for seven adult cats.  Three of these are mothers with kittens.  Four are pregnant.  HAWS are desperate for people to understand the importance of neutering cats. 

The Mayhew Animal Home carry out low cost neutering for all. To make an appointment, phone 020 8968 2447 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org.

The RSPCA offer reduced cost neutering, if you fulfil certain conditions (see www.rspca.org.uk and type Putney Animal Hospital into the box).

The London Cat Care and Control Consortium (C4) offers free neutering of cats subject to eligibility criteria. Go to www.cats.org.uk/c4 and see if you are eligible and then look on the website to find a vet near you who participates in the scheme. Alternatively, call your vet and ask them if they participate in the C4 cat neutering scheme.

Now, to the other cat I want to tell you about. Benny knows what it’s like not to be wanted.  Benny is a beautiful, young black cat.  Six weeks ago, he was found dumped in a cardboard box outside a vets.  Although he was, understandably, traumatised by this, he has developed into a friendly, affectionate boy.  His foster carer says he is quiet but, when she is sitting, he often comes and sits by her.  He is not keen on being picked up at the moment. For this reason, he is not suitable for homing with young children. 

If you are able to offer Benny a loving home contact Hounslow Animal Welfare Society on 020 8560 5443 or see more details on www.haws-animals.org.uk  

Don’t forget that both Hounslow Animal Welfare Society and Animal Rescue and Care are having stalls at Richmond May Fair on Saturday 12th May.  The Fair takes place on Richmond Green TW9 1LX and starts at 10.30am.