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If you are based in the UK and are looking for a quality bargain for your cats don’t forget to head down to your local LIDL from this Thursday 28th of July!
Lidl is due to offer their latest pet range to avid savers so head down quick as these offers are available only while stock lasts!😉
Being from Germany originally I often pop down to my local Lidl so when I heard of their new pet range just had to share it.😀
Scratch tress are just some of the items available:
The price for the scratch trees are £12.99 for the smaller ones and £29.99 for the large one.
They’ve also got cute cat themed blankets available:
These are £2.99 each!
An of course grooming products (and litter trays of course)!
Pet care items start at £1.99 while the cat litter or carriers are £9.99 each.
While we of course focussed on the cat products they’ve also go plenty for dog guardians in store.
We hope you’ll find our savings tips useful and don’t forget to share your own with us in the comments!
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Jackie and Paul founded Change One Life in December 2012, a cat rescue that is a non-profit, volunteer-based grassroots group on the Canary Islands of Spain. They provide a sanctuary for abandoned cats, all of which have been rescued in the Southern area of Tenerife Island.
The rescue does not re-home any of the cats. 99% of the cats were once in homes, but then they were left behind and abandoned. From their mission statement: ‘Change One Life’ Cat Rescue provides a safe place for these cats to heal and be happy again. Homeless cats find in our Sanctuary not only a second chance at life but also and most importantly a loving forever home.
A CONVERSATION WITH JACKIE
How did Change One Life get started?
We started out a few years ago by providing water, food and care to homeless animals on the streets of our community. Later on, we moved onto rescuing and fostering. Having experienced great difficulties in finding suitable adopters to re-home our rescues, we then decided it was time for us to make a much greater commitment to make a real difference. So in December 2014, we launched our Cat Shelter project, and the goal was to start providing permanent housing to the cats that were already in temporary “foster care” – and from then on, to all our future rescues.
What is unique to your group vs. a traditional cat rescue?
Traditional cat rescues, at least where we are based, usually work as a network of private rescuers, volunteers and foster homes. There are usually many more people involved in the whole process of rescuing, fostering and adopting the cats out. We do everything ourselves, and we take full responsibility of the cats we bring in.
What other support do you provide to community cats besides the Sanctuary?
Paul takes care of several feral cat colonies within our community on a daily basis. Every month, we supply approximately 60 kg of dry food, dozens of cans of wet food and gallons of water amongst several feeding stations. Paul spends about 40 hours a month in these tasks outside the Sanctuary, and his hard work on the streets has always played a key role in the success of our cat rescue operation.
Do you have any sponsors?
We do not have any commercial sponsors yet! What we do have is a Sponsorship program for our rescues. Supporters sign up to make a very small monthly contribution to help in their basic care. So far, we have 64 active sponsorships out of 160 needed.
Do you hold fundraising events?
Yes, we do. We’ve held two online Charity Raffles and a T-fund (funds raised by getting a minimum amount of T-shirts sold). Additionally, there was a raffle organized by one of our supporters in the UK and tickets were sold amongst people in their local community. We also have an online charity shop where we sell our merchandising and all proceeds go towards funding our cat rescue and shelter.
Is there a rescued cat that stands out in your mind?
Bono was our first rescue in 2016; he holds a very special place in my heart. Besides the fact that he’s been profoundly traumatized by abandonment, he also suffers from strabismus and vision loss, which makes him extremely fearful and vulnerable. Upon abandonment, he found a hideout at a building parking lot nearby and we started bringing him food and water every day – but some neighbors did not want him there and kicked him out.
He can only see shadows and walks with great difficulty due to some permanent injuries in two of his legs. He was too scared to roam, so he would just wait for us at a corner to get his meals and then he’d spend the rest of the day lying under cars to get some shade. Every single minute he spent on the street he was at risk; we wanted to bring him in since day one, but he wouldn’t trust us. We could feed him, but we could not touch him. After seven long months of trying, we finally rescued him on January 16, 2016. Bono’s full rescue story, pictures and videos can be found here.
Bono before and after
Anything else we should know about the rescue?
At the beginning of 2015, our rescues were being fostered in a vacant apartment we managed to “borrow” – a small place full of cardboard boxes and old blankets. Since then, the number of rescues has doubled and thanks to hundreds of people from all over the world who supported our shelter project with generous donations, we raised enough funds to rent a larger place to provide now permanent housing to 17 cats and 1 dog. So much has been accomplished in just a year, but all our hard work and our rescues’ future will soon be at risk again if we cannot find the financial support needed to carry on. Our Sanctuary relies solely on private donations, and funds are often really difficult to raise.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
Well, I guess the most fun fact about myself is that 15 years ago I didn’t really like cats much at all. Although I had been an animal lover all my life, I wasn’t particularly fond of felines until my teenage daughter brought in an orphaned kitten in a shoe box she had found in the garden next door; we named him Tommy. He was so unique, clever and funny that he won me over in spite of me! He was the reason why I decided to become a rescuer a decade later and the heart of our Cat Rescue project. He welcomed many of our rescues and even helped us with foster duties. Sadly, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge last year, on June 24, 2015, just a few months before his 14th birthday. It was devastating for us. He has a memorial corner at the Sanctuary and hopefully his legacy will live on for many more years to come.
A huge thank you to Jackie for sharing Change One Life with us and for helping abandoned cats of the Canary Islands. The Sanctuary sounds like a wonderful forever home for the rescued cats. You can learn more about the group via their website, Facebook and their LoveCATS Blog. You can also connect with LoveCATS via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Change One Life has a GoFundMe page you can visit if you’re interested in donating to the Sanctuary.
Today we’ve got some important tips for you all from our friends over at MedicAnimal:
Hot weather and animals – keeping your pets happy and healthy this summer
As the mercury soared towards 34 degrees Celsius in the UK this week, plenty of Britons were delighted that the weather finally turned for the better. However, just as many people find the heat uncomfortable, our animals can suffer from heat and sun related issues such as dehydration and sunburn.
MedicAnimal, the UK’s leading online pet healthcare retailer, has put together some handy tips for owners to take into consideration during the hot weather.
Andrew Bucher, co-founder and Chief Veterinary Officer at MedicAnimal, commented: “With temperatures reaching 27 degrees last weekend, bookies are betting on 2016 being the hottest summer on record. While enjoying the sunshine, we must make sure that our pets are comfortable and happy too as they can overheat extremely quickly. Here are some tips I’ve pulled together which you should consider this summer.”
1) Water: It is vital that dogs and cats have a constant access to fresh water. If you are out, make sure there is plenty of water to last until you return; for example you could buy a bigger water bowl or place more than one around the house. Additionally, if your dog is out and about with you, make sure you take water and a bowl with you;
2) Shade: Dogs and cats can overheat very quickly as they only sweat through their feet pads. To help regulate body temperature, dogs will pant. If your dog is outside or panting ensure they have a cool place to go. Remember, brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs cannot pant as effectively which can make it harder to cool themselves down;
3) High temperatures: When the temperature reaches anything above 30 degrees we would not advise taking pets outside. They should remain inside, cool, with plenty of fresh water;
4) Cooling: If outside in the garden, use a water sprinkler or shallow bathing pool for your pets to cool themselves down;
5) Exercising: Dogs need to be walked but save these for early in the day and the evening when the air is cooler and choose shaded areas to walk;
6) Cars: Never leave your dog or cat in the car, even if the windows are left open. The temperature inside the car can very quickly double that of the outside air temperature;
7) Check on them: When the temperatures are warm, you should check on your dogs and cats often. If there are any signs of being too hot, make sure they are moved to a cool area and have access to water. If any heavy panting or signs of heatstroke continue, contact your vet.
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