October 2015
 
 
Boo! Sorry, but it is October, which means Halloween is on the way! What better time to throw off some superstitions and celebrate those beautiful black cats and dogs who are looking for homes on National Black Dog Day and National Black Cat Day? It's also nearly time for World Animal Day, so read on for some great ways to get involved, plus a lovely article by a puppy carer from a shelter very dear to our hearts, as well as some brilliant facts about the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth! Keep the spooks away for a little while longer, curl up, and enjoy Animal Magic!
 
 
Back to black
October is the month of mono ...
Did you know that black cats and dogs are less likely to be rehomed than their more colourful counterparts? Whether it's the stigma surrounding black cats and dogs (they're unlucky, they're bad omens, they hang out with witches, etc) or something as simple as not showing up as well in a photograph, black animals are waiting longer to find their forever homes. It's such a problem, in fact, that October hosts special days to celebrate these beautiful black buddies ...
 
National Black Dog Day – 1st October
October 1st is National Black Dog Day. It was established in 2011, and aims to raise awareness of the plight faced by black dogs who often have to wait longer to be rehomed. There's even a name for it: Black Dog Syndrome.
Black dogs are, of course, just as gorgeous, loving and joyful as any other dog – H&H's Social Media Editor, Paul, absolutely loves his dog, Olive – who is full of life and simply brilliant! 
We think every day should be Black Dog Day, so feel free to send us pics of your mono mutts on Twitter. Remember to use the #BLACKDOGDAY hashtag!
 

 
 
National Black Cat Day – 27th October
Cat's Protection tell us that, on average, it takes a monochrome moggy 13% longer to find a home than a more colourful cat. Eager to ensure these beautiful cats aren't left on the shelf, the charity is really bigging up black and black-and-white cats this year with its annual Black Cat Day! Visit the website to download your own social media pack, take part in a competition, see blackand black-and-white cats up for adoption, and much more!
 
H&H's Kim wouldn't be without her wonderful black-and-white cat, Leonard McCoy, and can attest that she's had nothing but good luck since he joined the family – and she isn't a witch, either!
 
We'd love to see your black and black-and-white cats, so tweet us with your pictures using the #BlackCatDay hashtag.
 
Remember – black is beautiful, every day of the year!
 
 
A day in the life of ...
... a KAR Puppy Carer
 
 
High in the Besparmak Mountains, Cyprus, is Kyrenia Animal Rescue. It's a rescue centre very dear to H&H Publisher, Jude, as it's where she met and adopted Immie, the resident H&H hound, 14 years ago.
The centre is run for the most part by hard-working volunteers, and we would like to take a moment to salute those dedicated people who make the lives of Cyprus' stray dogs and cats a lot brighter.
 
Over the next few months, we'll be getting to know some of these volunteers as they take us through a typical day working with the animals in their care. This month, we're joining Puppy Carer Patricia as she goes about her day ...
 
 
"My day starts, not with the puppies, but with a little ritual involving Timmy, a dog who has been with us since 2009. Timmy can only be described as eccentric, and he likes to start his day with a plastic bottle in his mouth. So, on arrival, I have in my bag one plastic bottle to throw to Timmy to catch and run around with. My first job is completed and as you can see, Timmy is very happy with a bottle held firmly in his teeth!  
 

"On to the puppies. This involves clearing poo – and lots of it! We have over 20 puppies in the older
puppy area, and it never fails to amaze me how so few puppies can produce so much poo overnight. We also have about 12-15 smaller puppies in ER7, and they, too, are very messy – on the floor, in their beds – they really are a mucky lot! So it is a quick hose-down to clear the floor ready for the puppies’ breakfast. I also make a quick check of the pups to make sure they are all okay and haven’t got into any scrapes overnight.

"The older pups have their breakfast first. Balancing 15 large bowls of food with 20+ pups jostling for
position is no mean feat. I have never yet gone flying, but there’s always a first time. The food is demolished in less than a minute and then I feed the pups in ER7. They too polish off their breakfast quickly and all the bowls/trays are cleared.

"Next is a more thorough clean of the puppy areas. The floors are disinfected and the beds cleared of
dirty bedding and cleaned. If any pups are in cages, they are moved into a clean one while I clean the dirty ones. The puppies' drinking water is also replaced. 

"This all sounds quite straightforward, and would be, except for one thing ... The puppies! They like to
help – or rather, they like to get in the way. They particularly like to chew the hose if it is laid on the floor for a second, and the floor scraper is one big game to some of them.
 

"Here I am being supervised by two of the older pups. So, where are the others? Well, they have taken
a shine to the person taking the photo, and are trying to swing on the camera strap – and anything else they can get hold of!! It’s a pity I didn’t have a camera as well!
 

"Now, this is what they are usually like – all clamouring for a bit of love and attention. All they really want
is a loving home and someone to take good care of them.

"By now it's around 10am, and time for a quick tea break. A holidaying family have arrived and are
taking some dogs for a walk. Sid and Salt from Pine Walk have just been out and now it’s the turn of Mitch, Cecille and Missy in ER3. "My next job is to clean the ER block, which consists of six kennels. The ER block holds smaller dogs and others than are recovering from illness or injury. Again, the floors and beds are cleaned and the drinking water changed.

"One of the residents of ER block is Beedy, a Cyprus terrier who was already at the centre when I first
started back in 2008. Beedy was a bit of an ankle-biter all those years ago, but he's a bit more sedate these days, probably because he doesn’t have too many teeth left!
 

"On to the Sandpit  – so named because that's what was there before the kennel was built. The
residents here are two sets of sisters – Ellis and Elena, and Emmy and Elisa. "As I walk towards the Sandpit, the other nearby dogs start barking, because they know what is going to happen next. Ellis is an escape artist and always tries to get through the gate as I open it. She doesn’t always succeed the first time, but she then just waits until I go back out again, and this time she is always too quick for me. She charges up the lane and back again, and then, because it’s too hot, waits for me to pick her up and put her back in.

"A quick clear-up near Shannon, a grey terrier who lives under the tree, and then it’s off to the
Cornerhouse. "The current residents are a French Bulldog who was abandoned at the centre, Cinders, a little white & tan dog, and a small black sausage dog who has a skin condition. Cinders and the sausage dog are both very friendly, and they just love to be picked up and made a fuss of. The French Bulldog is rather sad ... probably wondering why his owner didn’t want him anymore and left him at the rescue centre.

"Another visitor has arrived and taken two compound dogs for a walk – Samson and Wotsit. He is
looking for a dog to home and takes a shine to Bindy – a small husky cross who has been with us since the end of 2013. He goes away to think about it and kindly leaves a generous donation. About 30 minutes later he is back, having decided to take Bindy today. What excellent news! After the new owner has gone through the homing paperwork with Joanna, it’s time to say Goodbye to Bindy – she is such a lucky girl! "It is getting near to lunchtime, so I go back to the puppy area for another clear-up before the afternoon feed. I give the puppies clear instructions: no more pooing before dinner. Do they listen? No, they do not!

"Before I stop for lunch, it’s time for a cuddle with the smaller puppies in ER7 and as you can see, they
all clamber for their turn to be picked up!
 

"After a quick bite to eat, I like to take a walk round the compounds and say hello to all the dogs. It’s
become part of my routine. The same dogs wait for me every time I go around – Mini, Galaxy, Gloria, and Geri, plus about 100 others! Some are not so interested in my visit, they look up, think to themselves “Oh, it’s her again,” and go back to sleep.

"By now it’s 2 o’clock and time for the afternoon feeds. The larger puppies are first to be fed, followed by
the pups in ER7. If any pups do not eat or are too slow I take them inside and give them a separate feed.

"The dogs in ER block are fed next, followed by the Sandpit (Ellis doesn’t try to escape this time!) and
then the Cornerhouse. Afterwards all the feeding bowls are collected and taken inside for washing.

"My last job of the day is, yes you’ve guessed it, clearing up poo. A final scrub of the floors, clean
bedding is put down and the water bowls are topped up. The puppies are still trying to help, some of them particularly like to catch the water from the hose! Finally, they start to settle down for the night and curl up in their beds. So it’s 'goodnight, puppies,' from me, and see you next Sunday. Time to go home and have a much needed shower!"
 
To learn more about the work of KAR and the animals in its care, visit the website.
 
 
Happy World Animal Day!
Our world is full of life – let's celebrate!
 
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a conventon of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. 
 
It's a great way for people across the globe to come together and celebrate our unique relationship with the animal kingdom, and to mobilise us to act now for a better future for all life on Earth.
 
There are lots of ways to get involved:
 
Visit the website
Check the official WAD website to find out more about the day, and see if any events are happening near you. 
 
Donate to your local animal shelter
Why not visit your local rescue centre and donate some toys, canned food or blankets for the residents? Alternatively, pop down and see if they need any volunteers. And don't forget the staff – they do an excellent job, so a cake or a box of chocolates to show their hard work is appreciated will be well-received!
 
Make a home for wildlife
There are lots of little things you can do in your garden to give your local wildlife a safe place to feed, breed and thrive – and it's really easy to do! Why not consider making a snug area for hedgehogs to hibernate, or put up a bird table to help keep the birds fed as the cold weather sets in. Check out the RSPB's dedicated site to order your pack, with 20 great ways to give nature a home.
 
Sponsor an animal
Many charities, including Cats Protection and Dogs Trust, offer sponsorship schemes to help them provide for the animals in their care. Sponsoring an animal is a great way to show your support of these amazing charities, and will make a huge difference to the animals who need it most. H&H's Jude recently began sponsoring Teddy, a lovely blind donkey, who is cared for by The Donkey Sanctuary (read more below). Alternatively, adopting an animal through charities such as the WWF or the WDC helps to support and fund the important work they do in conservation. 
 
Have a happy World Animal Day!
 
 
 
Meet Teddy
Donkeys are delightful! 
 
 
 
Hubble & Hattie Publisher Jude recently adopted Teddy, a blind donkey and life-long resident of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
Teddy's story is a truly inspirational one – Born blind, he has, with real determination, learnt to avoid obstacles – and be first in line for a good grooming!
 
 
Handsome Teddy 
 
Teddy is just one of the many full-time residents at The Donkey Sanctuary who can be adopted by the public. These donkeys range from those whose owners felt they could no longer care for them, to those who were abandonded or neglected, and in need of some real TLC. Many of them are now part of the Donkey Assisted Therapy team, which helps children and adults who have a range of additional needs and disabilities. 
 
 
Helping donkeys, mules and people around the globe

 
As well as the work it does here in the UK, The Donkey Sanctuary also works overseas, supporting projects in 30 countries which aim to transform the lives of donkeys, mules and people through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
 
To support The Donkey Sanctuary, adopt your own donkey, or find out more about the sanctuary's important work, visit the website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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