Apr 27 2012 By Marion Garnett
Iris is a friendly, four year old German Shepherd Dog
I’ve just spent the afternoon with Inspector Mike Beaman, the RSPCA Inspector for this area.
And, what a busy day he was having. When we met, he had just retrieved two cats who needed to be removed from a garden. We were addressing a problem with some fish and, from there, he was going to rescue a bird with two broken legs.
This was just the beginning of the shift. Inspector Beaman was due to be on call all night for a large part of London. The next day, he had to be in court in relation to a dog. He says that, just in his patch of London, on average he does up to 15 jobs a day. These consist of addressing welfare complaints as well as collecting sick animals.
Last Saturday, Inspector Beaman’s first call was to an injured lamb found in Heston. He thought it would not survive the journey to Putney Animal Hospital, but it did and has now been homed. No-one knows how it got there.
There is certainly no room for assuming everything regarding animal welfare in London is always rosy.
Iris knows this more than most. She was in a really bad way when, as a stray, she came into the care of Hillingdon RSPCA two months ago. She was skin and bone. Her coat was so badly matted, the staff had to
shave the mats off.
Iris is a friendly, four year old German Shepherd Dog. Since being in the RSPCA’s care she has put on weight. She has a tendency to grab food but, as I experienced, she can, with training, take it very gently from your hand. She gets on well with other dogs. If you would like to offer Iris a home, phone 01895 833 417 or see more details on www.rspcahillingdonclinic.org.uk
Hounslow Animal Welfare Society and Animal Rescue and Care are both having stalls at Richmond May Fair
on 12th May. Make sure you find them as there will be over 100 charity stalls there. The Fair takes place on
Richmond Green TW9 1LX and starts at 10.30am.