There was just enough warmth in the March sunshine for a hardworking cat to enjoy a nap until the garden was filled with chatter and laughter. A happy group of volunteers disturbed my slumber as they posed for a group photo. Actually they had good reason to celebrate, having received a cheque for £3251 from Support Adoption for Pets, the charitable arm of Pets at Home. This was raised in store during the Santa Paws event last Christmas and the shop has chosen SESAW as it’s Charity of the Year for 2020. Another kind donation of £100 was received from the Roundabout Magazine from the Semer area. We were also delighted to find £868 was raised at our £1 Sale at Newton last month.
Of course all this was before ‘social distancing’ came into force. How life has changed.
Now, only a few weeks later we are closed but will help or give advice regarding any animal in need if at all possible. Either leave a message on 01787 210888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Pet food and cat litter may be left in the mini wheelie bin by the bookcase at the Sanctuary and there is a metal box for cash donations on the bookcase. Supporters can also donate on line via www.justgiving.com/sesaw/donate
Naturally our fundraising events are suspended and we ask those with items for our sales to please keep them until the situation improves. No doubt our talented volunteers will be knitting and sewing during the coming months, ready for Christmas perhaps?
Meanwhile I oversee the garden from a suitable height which Kenneth the Chihuahua thinks is me being “superior”. He doesn’t realise I look out for buzzards circling overhead and none of us spotted a sparrow hawk until it swooped recently. That’s the third dove it’s taken this year. As dusk approaches Kenneth makes his way cautiously indoors, not in his usual confident, I’m fireproof, manner. He may be annoying but the little chap will be alright if he sticks with me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.