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"Animals are not commodities to be bought and sold.
They are beautiful creatures with beautiful souls."
Last week following the latest government message we, like everyone else, suspended all rehoming and rescuing. Deliveries of pet food and shelters through our Pet Food Bank & Project Wildcat schemes have also been suspended.
We have written to the First & Deputy First Minister & the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on Monday 23 March for clarification and advice. We appreciate this is unprecedented times and that they have numerous pressures and queries. We are awaiting their response.
Our concerns centre around:
- if the work we do will be classed as essential workers so we can go out to help not just others, but animals in need
- at the moment purchasing pet food is restricted in most stores. There are no guidelines to help animal charities with bulk supplies or support. Understandably the pet food donation points have dries up as people need to buy the pet food for their own with the limitations in place. So even if we can go out, we may not have the amount of pet food required on the large scale needed to help others. We are also looking at other routes / suppliers to try to address this long term, but at the moment, they too are uncertain of their future.
- we have asked what other support the government will have in place to support the public, particularly around abandonment and the public not able to afford pet food or in particular vet treatments (we have already started to receive an influx of requests for this type of help).
- we have asked if there will be any support specifically around the work we do to help others. We realise there are schemes in place to help workers, including charities, but we don't need this - we are volunteers. We have asked if there will be any funds or grants available to help support others with pet food or pet medication/ treatment.
We continue to care for, treat & provide love to those rescued animals in our care.
We realise we are only a small charity, with limited resources and suspensions in place for everything including volunteers. We hope we will get clarification or the lockdown is lifted soon so we can go on to do our best to help animals and people in need.
In the meantime please keep safe and take this opportunity to spend precious life changing time with your animals and your loved ones.
This is link below is to a temporary website created to support the community as people adjust to COVID-19 ("Coronavirus").
Please use this to pledge you offer of help to those that may be in need.
For anyone in need, there are people out there willing to help you - you are not alone!
Please keep your cats in and keep them safe.
7th Heaven has been concerned that there is a lot of abuse and cats going missing or being killed around Northern Ireland. Hopefully the police will find out the source of this. Read this link in the Belfast Telegraph for the latest update of cats going missing around Northern Ureland
7th Heaven would strongly urge everyone to keep their cat in at this time. We are already avocates to keep cats indoor due to the ongoing dangers animals face throughout Northern Ireland.
A safe cat does not have a sad owner!
Message from Pet Connection
30/10/17: A further 10 Missing Cats have been added today bringing the total to 230 cats reported missing to Pet Connection. 189 of these beloved pets have gone missing in 2017.
If your cat is missing, please fill in their information at Pet Connection, so they can add them to the map.
Please note: The map preview has not updated to show all the missing cats. Please click through to the map to see the extent of the problem.
Over the last few days, various newspapers have published a story linking the canine leptospirosis vaccine Nobivac L4 with fatal adverse reactions.
n the article the Veterinary Medicines Directorate claims adverse reactions are rare but it is well known that reporting of vaccine adverse reactions are vastly under reported. This is due to the fact that some reactions do not happen immediately and also because a lot of vets simply will not admit that vaccines can be dangerous and therefore don’t associate them with the subsequent illness.
7th Heaven have been highlighting the dangers of vaccines for years and leptospirosis vaccine is one of the ones with the most side effects including seizures, anaphylactic shock, blindness, the actual illness itself and death. It also contains the preservative thimerosal which consists of mercury, a highly toxic substance which should never be allowed in the body.
In the article it states that the leptospirosis vaccine can give ‘immunity’ for up to a year. This, however, is totally untrue. At most it can give immunity for 2 weeks if at all
If your dog has suffered any adverse reaction after any vaccine please report it to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. NB you can also report any adverse reactions with Microchips to them too.
Read the article by vet,
Report any adverse reactions
Project Wildcat latest YouTube video
IMPORTANT ISSUE WE FEEL MUST BE SAID
We would ask you all to think about your pets. Who will look after them when you are gone? Are you sure your family will care for them?
We get approx 5 calls/e-mails a day from relatives who want rid of an animals after the owner has passed away and have taken so many in over the years, particularly older ones, but there are also so many we can't always help.
They do not want them and will go to such extremes as to abandon them or get them put down rather than think of them as their Mother's, Father's,Granny's, Granda's beloved pet, who clearly they adored. Most will not uphold their last wish, to take good care of their pet who had given them such love and devotion during their life and who had given them comfort at the end. All charities are generally full with long waiting lists and can't always take them in or help. It is unfair for the relative to want to relieve their responsibility of the animal and put pressure on others expecting them to take them in immediately.
All we ask is that you think of the future of your pets and make sure that someone will care for them after you are gone - don't just expect that your any or all of your family will step up and do this.
7th Heaven's Feral Cat Month - October
National Feral Cat Day - Oct 16
7th Heaven Animal rescue Trust would like to take this opportunity to highlight the plight of these poor, unfortunate, unwanted, and for many, unloved animals. To everyone who helps them in any way, from feeding them, providing shelter, caring for them, neutering them - a big thank you on their behalf. Let's all take time out from our busy lives to think about them. try to place yourself in their paws on this day - how would you feel to be homeless, cold and don't know where your next morsel of food will come from? What if you are ill and can't fend for yourself?
Just take some time to reflect - are they really so bad for people to want to kill them, day in and day out? It's not their fault they are in this situation. Please take time to help them, stop cruelty and don't just turn the other way.
World Animal Day 4th October - Make a pledge & show you care!
World Animal Day is held annually on the 4 October and is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of animals throughout the world. It is a global event, which 7th Heaven, along with other charities, groups and individuals in various countries getting involved to highlight animal welfare issues that they feel most strongly about. - To celebrate animal life in all its forms - To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom - To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives - To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives If you care about animals, don’t miss this special opportunity to help animals, whether it is to feed a stray animal, provide shelter until it's owner or a new home is found; to talk to others about the special bond animals have with us; to raise funds for your local animal charity, to raise awareness of World animal Day, or maybe take your dog an extra long special walk or snuggle your cat for a gloriously long time! But please remember, although the event only lasts a day, animal suffering continues every day. That's why they need your understanding, kindness and help all year round. http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/ Make pedge & show you care!