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R.S.P.C.A. The Paws Centre

Sheringham Community Paper

Promoting Animal Welfare Services. The Norwich and Mid-Norfolk RSPCA is based at the Paws Centre. We are a charitable organisation, receiving no state funding; independently raising our own finances. This is no mean feat as it costs in the region of 800 per day to support our services in the region.

We maintain an on-site sanctuary for the rehoming of cats, and allow public viewing from 11.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday to Sunday. We also hold dogs for rehoming at kennels near Diss.
Sheringham Community Paper Apart from rehoming animals, we provide advice on basic animal care, offer an occasional veterinary clinic service for members of the public in receipt of means-tested benefits, and stock various pet-related items for sale at the centre.
We have limited parking space available for the disabled, other customers are advised to use the nearby St Saviours car park. For those relying on Public Transport, buses 9, 11, 13, 19, 20, 23, 26 and 27 stop nearby. Sheringham Community Paper
The Cattery
All of our cats awaiting adoption are housed at the Paws Centre. they are fully vaccinated, treated for common parasites, microchipped, neutered and have 30 days free Insurance cover after adoption. (Please note, those who adopt kittens too young for neutering will be supplied with a voucher to enable them to have their pet neutered at a later date at no cost to themselves.)

The Kennels
We rehome dogs from kennels near Diss, taking great care to ensure a suitable match between dog and owner. As with cats, the dogs are microchipped, neutered, fully vaccinated and treated to ensure the elimination of common parasites like worms, fleas and mites. We also have a video of the dogs available, and anyone interested in adopting a dog must first make an appointment at the Paws Centre. (Note: We conduct a home visit before we rehome any of our animals.)

Paws Centre: 71-75 Barrack Street, Norwich
Phone: 01603 766001 Fax: 01603 471077
Beeston Bump comes up Trumps
A theme of the last two articles has been the unpredictability of bird watching and the enduring excitement of not knowing what you are going to stumble across next.

Two issues ago I mentioned how a Sardinian warbler at Holme was one of a run of records of this rare British bird, that made North Norfolk an apparent 'hot spot' for this Mediterranean species. It was therefore astonishing to hear that another one had been found, this time below Beeston Bump in Sheringham. The first reaction might have been to think that, as it is such a rare bird, it was most likely to be the Holme bird just touring the coast. But no, this bird's plumage indicated that it was not a full adult, and therefore was, incredibly, another individual to add to the Norfolk tally.

The chance of stumbling across an interesting bird like this, is what keeps adventurous birders wandering off the beaten tracks of North Norfolk, to 'find their own birds'.

Recently while visiting a quiet corner of one of the scattered remnants of heathland on the Holt/Cromer ridge, I was delighted to discover a woodlark, carrying food and calling nervously: a clear sign that there was a nest with young nearby. Woodlarks are rare birds nationally, with East Anglia their stronghold. The good news is that their numbers do appear to be increasing fairly dramatically, not least because of efforts to restore heathland to the more open habitat that it was, only 50 years ago. It is slightly strange that this short-tailed and short-crested version of the sky lark should feature 'wood' in its name, as it is very definitely one of those birds that likes the spaciousness of heaths and shuns woodland proper. Indeed, in Germany it is known as the 'heath lark'

Norwich Branch

In 2002 the Norwich Branch
Rehomed - 728 Animals
Neutered - 854 Animals
Microchipped - 883 Animals
Treated - 1045 Animals

They are in position 4 out of 13
in the league tables.
Each RSPCA Branch is a separate Charity responsible for its own funding. It costs 800 per day to run the Norwich Branch.
There will be a
on Saturday 17th May
All money collected in Norfolk goes to help Norfolk Animals.

The North Norfolk Team are always looking for volunteers, if you would like to help,
please call
John Pinnington 01263 587443 or
Val Richards 01263 823196

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