||Dougal's Pet Corner
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|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.
||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
|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.
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.)
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
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|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'
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,
John Pinnington 01263 587443 or
Val Richards 01263 823196