Miaowy Greeting everybody! And happy December! I just can't believe how quickly this year has flown by (although I do say that every year). The staff at the Centre are slowly getting ready for Christmas, as I'm sure you all are.
There will be more about Christmas a little later, now let's look at what happened last week at the Centre.
Sadly we found out at the weekend that a Staffy with terminal cancer rehomed from the Centre 10 months ago has passed away. Cleo had been at Chesterfield RSPCA for many months when she was transferred to the Derby Branch. The staff here had spent quite a few weeks trying to find her forever home when she was diagnosed with cancer. They put an appeal out which reached the ears of a lady on the Isle of Man who takes on terminally ill dogs. Cleo made the journey to the Isle of Man and settled in immediately. The staff at the Centre are so grateful to Anita for giving Cleo the most wonderful 10 months she could have wished for. Whenever there's a particularly hard day at the Centre, those are the stories that renew faith in humanity.
There have been 12 adoptions this week, including Lola the dog. Many of you may remember Lola from her starring turn on TV (just like me, she's a real star now) and this blog post. After the awful start to life that she's had, everybody is so pleased that she's found her happy ending.
This week 9 cats, 1 dog and 2 rabbits arrived at the Centre, all looking for their new homes. We never encourage anybody to buy animals over the Christmas period as presents as us animals are worth far more than that - a pet isn't just for Christmas, it's for life! However, if you have been thinking that the time is right for you to bring a pet into your family then why not come down to the Centre to meet all of the wonderful chaps and ladies here? One of them may be the perfect match for you.
Now that Christmas is upon us there will be a Christmas tree and Santa sack in Reception just waiting for presents for the animals. Unlike you and I, the animals at the Centre don't have a home to go to at the end of the day, and they won't have a home to go to for Christmas either. Buying them a present (you can use the Amazon Wishlist for that as well) will help make their Christmas a little brighter this year!
That's all folks! See you all next week
This is Felix Purrington, signing off