||Dougal's Pet Corner
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|Junior, a four-year-old large white pig, was
originally saved from slaughter by a caring individual who gave him a wonderful and secure
life. However, when Juniors owner sadly became ill, she became concerned that she
would not be able to give Junior the care and attention he deserved. He was welcomed at
The Hillside Sanctuary and has proved to be quite a character! As soon as he hears a human
voice, he runs over to greet you and waits for his head to be stroked. Little grunts of
pleasure then follow as just the right spot is reached.
If any of these characteristics sound familiar, it is because pigs respond very much in
the same way as dogs. Pigs are extremely intelligent animals and can be house trained.
Unfortunately, many people realising this, on a whim have bought young pigs, not
appreciating that they will, like Junior, reach up to some twenty stone in weight. Many
outgrow their original housing and allocated space because the full extent of their needs
and welfare has not been taken into account. Pigs designated for the slaughterhouse never
reach their full size and weight, so few of us actually ever see a fully-grown pig.
||Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Hill Top Farm, Hall Lane,
Frettenham. 0870 991 4530. Open every Sunday 1-5pm until the end of October, all Bank
Holiday Mondays and Mondays throughout July and August.
||Seventeen of the cats in the colony at Cromer have now
been caught, neutered and returned to the site. They have been treated for fleas and worms
and their ears have been tipped.
|This is standard practice with feral colonies
to identify those that have already been treated. Jackie, one of our fosterers, has
been helping with trapping and taking them to the vets. Knowing there was a litter of very
young kittens hidden deep in a bramble hedge she persuaded her husband Phil to help.
Having struggled through this thorny thicket he emerged triumphant with four tiny black
kittens and lots of scratches. The kittens were taken home and Jackie started to bottle
feed them. Fortunately, however, mum was captured two days later and reunited with them.
Two further kittens, both tabby and only 10 days old have also come into care, and mum is
feeding them too. As the mother (now called Cher) is one of last years kittens
we are hoping that she will be suitable for re-homing. With Jackies assistance we
are hoping the rest of the colony will be captured in the next few weeks.
Marmite, mentioned in the last issue was one of the cats re-homed by us since the last
issue. Because Timmy, also mentioned in the last issue was micro chipped we were able to
establish that he was in fact 14 years old. He too has left us for a new home with a very
nice family who were looking for a golden oldie to spend his last few years
with them. Spider also mentioned, is still waiting for a suitable home without other cats.
Also waiting for new homes are:
Tim a very handsome ginger boy who is only 10 years old has joined us
because his owner has gone into a residential home. This lovely cat is very gentle and
friendly and would dearly love to have a lap to sit on.
Tom, is Tims brother. He is also very handsome (you can only tell
them apart when they are together). These lovely boys have no hidden vices and although we
would dearly love to find them a home together, they can be separated.
If you are looking for a cat, call Stephanie on 01692 535858. Alternatively you can visit www.northwalshamcats.co.uk