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Cat News 09/03/2017

In our last newsletter we had just said goodbye to Charlotte’s kittens which meant that Charlotte herself was left now waiting for the right person to come along and give her a home. Sure enough Barbara came along and fell for her straight away. Charlotte is now very happy and settled in her new home and has put giving birth to litters of kittens behind her.

We now had Olivia and her four kittens to see...

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Dog News 09/03/2017

The dog situation is fairly quiet at the moment though there was one very good piece of news from last year. Freddie our wonderful lurcher had been visited nearly every weekend by Alice who had certainly fallen in love with him. Occasionally her partner, Luke, would come along with her and they would take Freddie out with his good friend Harry. When he first came along with Alice, Luke was quite indifferent to Freddie but...

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Fundraising News

Well here we are once again, it’s March, which means only one thing for us all here at Otterspool, our “Fundraising Merry-go-round” is once more about to kick into action with another year of hectic weekends, behind the scenes planning, praying for good weather and all the other things that go into making our fund raisers a success. But before we jump on board for this years ride lets take a look back at the...

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Rocky's Story | Part 5

Yorkshire Terrier Rocky is the elder statesman of my family. He has had a few health problems in the past few months and at one point was tested for Cushing’s syndrome which proved negative. His very large appetite was eventually put down to him simply liking his food and lots of it, in spite of having no teeth!

Rocky loves his walks always on lead as he is becoming increasingly deaf and will wander off. On...

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Alice Kitten's Story | Part 4

Well, Alice is now 2 years and 3 months. She is a very small cat with a very big personality and has far exceeded expectations of her long term future which in the early days looked quire bleak. She was diagnosed with rickets but didn’t respond to medication and was on increasingly high doses of Vitamin D and calcium.

Alice was having weekly blood tests, twice daily doses of Vitamin D and calcium carbonate and daily...

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Staff Changes

At the end of December, Sue, who has worked at Otterspool for many years decided to hang up her wellington boots to go and work for her husband Tony. We wish Sue well in the future and thank her for all the hard work and effort she has put in over the years.

We would like to welcome Sarah on board who will now be helping with the cattery. Sarah had only been with us a...

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Hot Off The Press

As this newsletter was about to go to print we received a call about a mother cat with four young kittens who desperately needed to find a place of safety, fortunately for them we had a spare pen and we were able to accept into our care Charlotte and her four, five week old, kittens. There are two boys and two girls. This new family had been taken into the vets and we were told...

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Alice Kitten's Story | Part 3

Alice Kitten is now 18 months old, full of character, bright, alert and continuing to explore her environment, done with some caution as she can still get very easily spooked and react badly. Rain storms and hail on the roof can cause her some distress as she cannot gauge where the sound and movement come from. For that reason she has to remain a house cat but has lots of stimuli in the form of...

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Rocky's Story | Part 5

Rocky Yorkie is now 11 years old, this information pieced together from what little we were told by his previous owner’s son. He likes to behave like an elder statesman most of the time, settles himself on the comfiest cushions on the sofa, checks all the food bowls before starting his own meal and likes to sit on the back seat of the car. He challenges my two young daxi boys, especially if they are...

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Sponsorships

Most animals come to us with “excess baggage” problems and experiences that they need to put behind them. With plenty of “TLC” we are usually, in most cases, able to achieve this aim and in the fullness of time when the right opportunity arises, re-home. We presently have 7 dogs, 15 cats in our care, some of which have been with us for several years, and others have joined us more recently:-

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Fostering News

Well, little Alice kitten is now officially a grown up cat having celebrated her first birthday in November! She has been with me for nearly a year and what a year of highs and lows it has been. When she first moved in she was a tiny little thing, very unsure of herself and with a strange head wobble which was under investigation by her vet. She had to spend sometime in her crate which...

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Otterspool News

We get many phone calls asking for help, there are certainly more cats than dogs needing help as besides the fact that people don't get then neutered it is a lot easier to move house and leave them behind. Also if there owners get fed up with them and stop feeding them cats are very resourceful and will often move on and find someone who will feed them!

This was the situation a lady that contacted...

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Rocky's Story | Part 4

Rocky had his 10th birthday in the summer and apart from a touch of arthritis remains feisty and full of life. He has a pseudomas ear infection which was initially difficult to diagnose and was resistant to treatment but with new medication we hope it will clear up.

Thankfully there has not been any evidence of recurrence of cancer and we are now 15 months on from his initial surgery. Rocky is a very bossy little...

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Winston's Words

Hello friends,

it’s Winston here, stretched out comfortably on the settee as I write this (fortified by a little beef jerky,
to aid concentration). I hope you enjoyed Christmas - I certainly did. I was so excited when our tree went up, with all
the twinkly lights and could hardly contain myself when I saw the pile of presents beneath it! I did try to take a
sneaky peek at a couple of them when Mum...

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