Abandoned and left alone on the streets are many
stray animals; left alone to fight for survival. When dogs
are left alone they can panic and run onto roads, causing traffic
accidents. Cats left alone can risk becoming pregnant and having
kittens in a garden, on a street or in a bin, making more homeless
One organisation that helps to keep cats and dogs off the streets
and in a loving home is Alsager Animals in Need. They are a registered
charity and rescue abandoned cats and dogs. They provide
shelter and food for the animals and veterinary care. The police,
newspapers and the radio stations are notified about the abandoned
animals who then try to find the owners. If the owners are not
found within ten days the cat or dog is put through a scheme of
vaccinations and adults are neutered. They are then micro chipped
and re-homed accordingly to a suitable family.
you cross when you see stray animals; there is no excuse for
it. If people want to have a dog or a cat, they are responsible
for it and should always look after it
says Hilary, the co-ordinator.
But it is
very satisfying to help these animals and to see them going to
good homes and it means a lot to hear good stories from people
about the animals settling in
There are currently three cat fosterer volunteers giving provision
for fourteen cats. The problem is that there are sometimes more
than fourteen cats that are stray. Fosterers are urgently needed
in Crewe and Nantwich, where there is only one volunteer at present.
Fosterers are needed to look after the animals and get the animals
used to human contact whilst a new home is found.
More dog fosterers are also needed. Currently the organisation
has to rent five kennels for stray dogs that are found. There are
frequently more than five stray dogs, so there is then no room in
the kennels for them. Also
when there are no dogs in the kennels the organisation still has
to pay for them. It would be more beneficial for the organisation
if they had more dog fosterers. Alsager Animals in Need are
looking for fosterers who are at home during the day and will be
able to cope with the day-to-day duties of looking after the animals.
They raise money by holding fundraising events such as coffee
mornings, which they hold once a month. They desperately need young
volunteers to help with the coffee mornings, by assisting with
the setting up and the carrying of boxes.
If you are interested in fostering a dog or
cat or you would like to find out more information call:
Alsager Animals in Need