GSPCA Newsletter Winter/Spring 2015

 

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Winter / Spring Newsletter 2015 In this Issue: GSPCA Events 2 New Build Winter Advice Purple Week! Making a lasting difference Animals in need of Homes Guided Tours Wildlife 3-7 8 10 13 14-19 29 30 Winter / Spring 2015 Newsletter 142 years caring for animals www.gspca.org.gg

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Forth Coming Events with the GSPCA  Monday 9th—Sunday 15th GSPCA Purple Week—celebrating 142 years caring for animals in Guernsey. Why not help raise funds with a purple theme during our birthday week    Sunday 8th March Cat First Aid Course 930am—11am only £15 per person Sunday 15th March Dog First Aid Course 930am—11am only £15 per person Monday 16th March St Patricks Eve Themed Bingo at the Market Bistro - £14.50 per adult, £10.50 per child, includes food and 8 games of bingo Wednesday 25th March Volunteer Induction Evening at the Animal Shelter, 6.30 - 8pm Sunday 29th March—Thursday 2nd April Easter Bunny Treasure & Egg Hunt & Fayre at the   GSPCA Animal Shelter 11am each day. £10 per child  Monday 6th - Saturday 11th April Guided tours at the GSPCA, please call 01481 257261 for details. £5 per adult, £3 per child. Family of four £15 Tuesday 28th April Superhero themed bingo night at the Market Bistro - £14.50 per adult, £10.50 per child, includes food and 8 games of bingo April—Bereavement training—date to be confirmed April 27th—3rd May GSPCA Cupcake Week—Make, bake and sell cake to raise funds for the GSPCA Wednesday 6th May Volunteer Induction Evening at the Animal Shelter, 6.30 - 8pm       Sunday 9th May Liberation Day Celebrations and fund raiser at the Last Post Monday 25th - Saturday 30th May Guided tours at the GSPCA, please call 01481 257261 for details. £5 per adult, £3 per child. Family of four £15 Tuesday 26th May John Wayne’s birthday Bingo cowboy style at the Market Bistro Sunday 7th June— GSPCA Fun Dog Show in the Market Square from 11am Monday 22nd June—Summer Solstice Bingo at the Market Bistro Wednesday 18th July—Volunteer Induction Evening 630pm Tuesday 14th July Bastille Day French themed bingo at the Market Bistro 20th—25th July—guided tours 2pm each day—book for your place on 257261 Sidney’s Sponsored Events is calling all Pink Ladies, T Birds, and Rock n Roll Guy’s n Doll’s Friday 24th July 2015 at St Pierre Park Hotel 7pm for 7.30pm        For a calendar of events during 2015 please go to www.gspca.org.gg/fundraising Page 2 Winter / Spring 2015 Newsletter

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GSPCA New Build Update Last edition we announced the start of the first phase of its Rebuild and Redevelopment Plan. With over 140 years of helping animals in Guernsey and being based at our current location since 1929, the GSPCA provides around the clock care and rescue at the Animal Shelter in St. Andrews. The Shelter has had many developments over the years moving with the times to help the varied species that come through the door. Some of the structures date back to the 1950s and are becoming difficult to run and maintain. The team at the GSPCA and its Managing Committee have been working hard planning for the future. The new welfare building will help provide a safe haven for animals like Spot, a tiny kitten found all on his own with no mother in sight just before Christmas near Admiral Park. The young kitten was found terrified and full of worms and fleas, but with the care of the staff at the GSPCA he is now in a new and loving home. Where he has been named Minion and settled very well. The new building will comprise of a two storey structure that will have multi-purpose use including welfare cattery, quarantine, isolation, animal reception, laundry, electrical substation and more. It is without doubt the biggest project we have undertaken at the GSPCA. It is an essential but costly undertaking and to go hand in hand with this project we are launching our exclusive Build Partner programme. What is the objective of the GSPCA Build Partner programme? The Build Partner programme is designed to meet the building costs associated with our new £1.3 million multi-purpose animal welfare building. The building is to replace five existing structures that have become unusable with age. Our new building will incorporate a welfare cattery, quarantine and isolation facilities, and a secure transfer location while also providing logistical and organisational spaces and facilities for the day-to-day running of the GSPCA. Continued page 4 & 5 Spot now Minion before & after Volume 3, Issue 4 Page 3

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A few words why the Insurance Corporation have become a GSPCA Exclusive Build Partner "Through our Conservation Awards, Insurance Corporation has supported local people and organisations that protect our local environment for future generations for over 25 years.” “In this background, it is a logical extension for us to help the GSPCA which does such wonderful work preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals.” “As a Channel Islands business with extensive local knowledge and expertise it is really important to us to be a responsible member of our local community.” “That means giving something back through our Community Support Programme and looking to work with local causes that are important to our customers, our staff and our broker friends. Guernsey is an island of animal lovers and we salute the role played by the GSPCA in the Bailiwick and wish them every success with their exciting Build Partner Programme." Glyn Smith, Managing Director of Insurance Corporation The GSPCA would like to thank Insurance Corporation and all that have already signed up to become a Build Partner, we really do appreciate it and if you or your business could help us look to the future and join our Build Partner programme we would love to hear from you. For more details about how to become a Build Partner call 01481 257261 email buildpartner@gspca.org.gg or visit www.gspca.org.gg To visit the Insurance Corporation website please visit— www.insurancecorporation.com

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GSPCA Redevelopment Plan Our new build is underway and much of the steel work in now is up, but we do need your help. It is very exciting to see how quickly the new building is taking shape, and we can almost imagine how it is going to look. We realise there has been some disruption to the site and thank everyone for their patience. The builders are still running to schedule and we hope to have the new building up and running by later this year, but we really need your support in helping us raise funds towards our new build. Doretta our longest stay rabbit found a new home just before Christmas Do you remember Indie our very wobbly cat? Indie has now found that forever home Volume 3, Issue 4 Page 6

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With the fantastic news of the New Build underway we are on the first phase of our 10 year redevelopment plan. If you would like to donate to other parts of the project then here is an easy way to help us plan for the future:  Via Paypal or the Account Details are: Bank - HSBC Payee Account - GSPCA Sort Code - 40-22-25 Account Number - 22076233 By calling 01481 257261 By filling in the form on our website: http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/gspca-10-year-redevelopment-plans-launched   We thank you for all of your support. If you would like any more information on the redevelopment please contact GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne: stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg, 01481 257261 http://www.gspca.org.gg/about/our-plans-wish-list On our Wish List page you can see a link to our Amazon Wish List which is a great way you can help us care for the animals at the Shelter, as it is full of items that we really need here at the GSPCA.

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Winter Advice Wildlife can be affected by the cold as well. We are very lucky to have an amazing selection of birds in Guernsey. In winter, birds may have difficulty finding normal food supplies such as berries, insects, seeds, worms and fruit. An extra tit bit from your kitchen will help to keep them going or you can get a variety of bird feed and feeders at the Animal Shelter. Most people will know that Hedgehogs will hibernate during the winter. However, if the weather has been mild, it is not unusual for hogs to wake up and look for food. Hedgehogs can get caught out by unusually cold snaps. GSPCA is asking people to try and keep aside a hedgehog-friendly area of garden, leaving welcome heaps of leaves and brushwood that hedgehogs can shelter in. If you do see hedgehogs in your garden, you can also help by leaving food and water out for them Favourites include minced meat, fresh liver, tinned dog/cat food or biscuits (not fish-based) or chopped boiled eggs. If you see any wildlife you are concerned about, for example, small hedgehogs, hedgehogs out during the daytime, or any injured wildlife, please call the GSPCA on 01481 257261 Regular readers of our Newsletter will recognise that we have brought you cold weather advice before. As Guernsey people, we are used to relatively mild winters and at the GSPCA we felt it was important to recap a few important points. There are many ways in which you can help animals during freezing weather. Firstly, by making sure your pets are protected. If you have a rabbit living outside, can the hutch be covered or moved inside for warmth? Are you able to stable your horses, and if not do they have thick rugs? Remember to check your dogs feet after a walk in the snow - especially if you dog has hairy feet where the snow can accumulate. We hope this has been some help but any quesAnimals kept outside during the winter will need tions please do not hesitate to contact. extra food, as winter grazing provides very little nourishment. They also need a constant supply of fresh water. Water buckets should be checked and cleared of ice daily. If you have a pond with fish, make sure you check it every day for ice, as toxic gases can build up in the water of a frozen pond. These can kill fish or frogs that are hibernating at the bottom. If a pond does freeze over you can carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to melt the ice gently to create a hole. Never directly tip boiling water straight onto the pond or break ice with force, as this may harm or can even kill the fish living there. Page 8 Winter / Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Microchipping Every year we help over 1000 cats from strays to road traffic accidents, welfare calls from concerned public to cats owners can no longer care for. In 2014 the GSPCA took in 137 stray cats. Of these, 71 were claimed and 66 we unclaimed - that’s 48% of the total stray cats that we were unable to trace ownership. Cats often wander away from home and can easily be mistaken for ‘lost’ cats by members of the public. Microchipping allows us to very quickly identify the cat and their owners. Microchipping also allows us to contact owners if their cats come into the shelter following traffic accidents, or other injuries. This is incredibly important as being able to contact the owners quickly can speed up treatment of the animal. Mircochipping is a quick procedure, which offers a lifetime of security for your pet. If it is not only cats and dogs who stray and require microchipping. Every year we see stray tortoises, ferrets and rabbits, many of who are never reunited with owners. At the GSPCA we can microchip for only £4.99. Help find Bertie Sadly, Bertie is still missing. Bertie initially ran away after being scared by fireworks on 8th November. By nature, Bertie is a nervous dog, especially of men. People are still searching for Bertie and we have had some positive sightings around the L’Ancress and Bordeaux. However, the sightings have not been regular enough to pin point Bertie to a particular area. We need to find out which areas Bertie is frequenting. Ideally, we would like to have some definitive proof that this is the right dog, for example a photo or video. We have placed wildlife cameras in strategic areas and hope that this will give us a better idea of Bertie’s movements. Once we know where Bertie is moving, we will be able to set a dog trap, filled with some tasty food. The methods we are using for finding Bertie are the same we used for catch Slygo, the dog at La Bigard who was catching local chickens! Dogs are very adaptable animals and able to find for themselves in the wild. We would love to reunite Bertie with his owners as quickly as we can. The GSPCA are still urging people to call the shelter if he is spotted, at any time of day or night on 01481 257261. Please do not approach or try to catch him as it is likely to scare him away and will not help with his safe capture. If you do try to approach him he is likely to take off. If he is in a secure area where you can close a gate or door then please do so and call the Shelter as soon as possible. Bertie’s owners have put up a £200 reward for his return. Volume 3, Issue 4 Page 9

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GSPCA Purple Week! The GSPCA will be 142 years old on February 14th and we are having a week of celebrations!! For our birthday party this year, we are holding an Alice in Wonderland themed bingo night on Wednesday 11th February. Tickets for our bingo night are £14.50 per person or £10.50 for children. The party starts at 7pm and includes a buffet food (with vegetarian, dairy/wheat/gluten free options) and 8 games of bingo! In previous games, prizes have reached £100!! During this week we are also holding a Volunteer Induction Evening. The evening is planned for 6.30 8pm, on Tuesday 10th February. Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the shelter will be able to learn a little more about the work we do, and how they can help. We have volunteers who help all over the shelter, from walking dogs to helping with the admin side. Any help we get is greatly appreciated and volunteers are able to specify where they would like to work, which days and how much time they can give. Please come along if you are interested! Sydney’s Sponsored Events are also holding a 1920’s Mafia Valentines Ball, which we are really looking forward too! Unfortunately, most tables have now sold, but if you are interested in attending, please contact Corrine on 07911 720469 or corrineconnolly@cwgsy.net and you maybe lucky enough to get a seat! We are also encouraging you to get involved and think up ways to raise money for the GSPCA with a ‘purple’ theme! Why not have a purple mufti day? Or a purple cake sale? Thank you for our Wish List gifts & could you donate a laptop? Over Christmas & the New Year we had a number of fantastic gifts via our Wish List and from all the team and animals we would like to thank you . You can see our Wish List on our website www.gspca.org.gg and we also have an Amazon Wish List with items from honey for the hedgehogs to helping towards our New Build. Two items we would love to appeal for are laptops to replace some of the ageing PC units around site and also a 32 inch flat screen for our reception where we can advertise the animals looking for homes and our events. If you can help please do get in touch on 01481 257261 or email stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg Page 10

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Bingo Nights! Our themed bingo nights have proved to be very fun nights for everyone involved, and there is the chance of winning the jackpot, which has been up to£100 on some nights! Our last bingo night was Australian themed for Australia Day! The Market Bistro hosted the event for us and the GSPCA owe them a huge thank you! We had great food and wonderful service all night. Steve Bryne, the GSPCA Manager, dressed up as a kangaroo to call the numbers! The jackpot of £50 was very kindly donated back into the shelter. Every donation, however small, makes a huge difference to the animals on site and this gesture was hugely appreciated. Coming up, we have our ‘Birthday Bingo’ with an Alice in Wonderland theme on 11th February, a St Patricks day bingo on 17th March, a Queen’s Birthday theme bingo on 21st April and many more throughout the summer. Please call the GSPCA on 257261 if you would like to book a table for any of the nights. They are great fun, whether you have played bingo before or not! A huge thank you to the team at OSA Recruitment for allowing us once again to take over their Pop Up Shop in January. Not only is it a chance to raise funds, but we are also able to advertise the animals looking for homes, talk to potential new volunteers and promote our events. Thank you for your continued support. To visit their website go to www.osa.gg Volume 3, Issue 4

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Making a lasting difference The GSPCA is a charity that was founded many years ago and wouldn’t be able to carry out its animal welfare work without the generosity of our caring and kind supporters. With rising costs and thousands of animals each year the GSPCA needs your help as we receive no state aid. You can help us by leaving a gift to the GSPCA in your Will which allows you to continue helping to improve the lives of animals into the future. After providing for those you care for, please consider leaving a proportion of what remains to us. A gift like this to GSPCA ensures our animals and those in Guernsey will always have someone to keep them safe. If you have already left a gift in your Will, please contact Steve Byrne on stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg or call 01481 257261. We can then keep you informed and up to date about developments at the Animal Shelter and our work. We always love to hear that you have left a gift but there is no pressure to say so. We understand that this is a private and personal matter. Leaving a legacy is not a decision that can be made lightly and we are always happy to discuss this with you or send out additional information. As a charity, gifts in Wills account for approximately 50% of our total income. We rely on this to continue to give safety and sanctuary to the animals in our care. We simply couldn’t do it without your help and support. Our charity details are : Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD Tel: 01481 257261 Email: stevejbyrne@gspca.org.gg Guernsey Charity Number: 003

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Our ‘long term stays’ At the GSPCA we endeavour to rehome all our animals as quickly as we can, however, it does not always work out this way. Some animals have behavioural issues; others do not show themselves very well in the shelter environment due to fear. Many owners would like to be able to take home a friendly, confident addition to their family, but many animals, especially cats, need time to adjust to new surroundings and often hide for days. Over the next few pages, we will show you some of our longer term animals that we could love to be able to place in a home. Although these animals may be more nervous when viewed at the shelter, we believe they will make wonderful pets when placed with the right family. Nala - 7 years and 11 months; speyed female; 1 year at the GSPCA Nala is a beautiful cat, with a sad story. Nala was brought into us for rehoming one year ago, as her owner felt they were leaving her for too long and reported her behaviour changing. Nala had started biting and scratching her owner, a behaviour which had seemly appeared from no where. It is procedure that every animal at the shelter is seen by a vet before they are rehomed. The vets noticed the Nala was showing pain in her back. Staff also noticed that she was behaving very strangely in her pen and moving with very jerky movements. Following further examinations and x-rays Nala was diagnosed with Arthritis in both stifles and lower back. This could have explained her change in behaviour seen by the owners. When Nala is in pain, she can react by scratching - a cats way of telling you that they don’t want to be touched. Nala is currently on a treatment of metacam (a pain killer) and ‘easeFlex’ (which contains glucosamine for her joints). As we all get older, many of us will suffer with Arthritis in the same way as Nala. We are looking for a quiet home for Nala as an only pet, where she will be able to relax in comfort. New owners will need to continue her treatment and accept that there will be times that Nala does not want to be stroked and picked up. When not in pain, Nala is a lovely cat who like playing with toy mice and being stroked. Thank you Ailsa Duncan who did the Polar Bear swim on Christmas Day to raise funds to help animals in Guernsey

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Honey and Liquorice - approx. 2 years old; 7 months at the GSPCA Marmalade and Marmite - approx. 2 years old; 7 months at the GSPCA These four rabbits were brought into the shelter by our Welfare team in June last year. We have paired them up and would like to rehome them in these pairs. May rabbits are kept as only pets, however, this is unnatural for a rabbit. In the wild they live in large colonies in a warren. The are naturally social animals and can develop behaviour problems if kept alone. These pairs have formed very close bonds with each other and would suffer if separated and rehomed individually. All for of these rabbits have lovely natures. Marmite and Marmalade especially are very relaxed rabbits and happy to be handled. These two came to our Seafront Sunday in town and met a lot of children. They were a big hit! In order to live happy, healthy lives, rabbits need space to exercise and hide, toys, regular enrichment to keep their minds active, as well as company. Providing these basic needs will ensure you have a happy, contented pet and create a much happier relationship between you and your pet.

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