People and Pets

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Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year yet again when we can say thank you to our supporters for their past help to our charity and to hope we can rely on you yet again for next year to help many needy pets and their owners. 

Hopefully you will be reading this before our CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND PRIZE DRAW on Saturday 5th December at 11am. This takes place at our regular venue, WRAYSBURY VILLAGE HALL. The Grand Draw will take place around 12.30pm. As well as the three money prizes - £250, £100 and £50 in our Prize Draw, we always like to give a large number of excellent prizes. 

We hope our wonderful supporters will contribute goodies for our stalls. Anything that is either new or in good condition to fill our tables and make them inviting. Goods can be delivered to 52 Ouseley Road, or ring Daphne on 01784 483231 if you would like goods collected, or bring them along to the Hall from 9.00 am on the morning. Please do come to this year’s event and bring your family, friends and neighbours as the animals really do need your support in these hard times. The ENTRANCE FEE to our BAZAAR is PET FOOD for the animals in our care, so please bring along something special and tasty for them for over the Christmas period. We are always in need of blankets for animal bedding.

We held our Annual General Meeting in August, like all charities it is harder to keep the numbers of members up. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable event with the highlight of a delightful talk and slide show by Kay Webb, Chairman of Swan Lifeline of Eton (not to be confused with The Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton). Kay gave us a fascinating account of this year’s annual Swan Upping when the Queen attended the event for the first time. 

We discussed our proposed donations to two animal sanctuaries which were readily accepted by our members present. Tea and cakes went down well and a small raffle covered the cost of the hire of the hall and the free refreshments.

Sadly I have to tell you of a number of our friends and supporters who have passed away over the past 12 months, we hope our mailing list has been correctly updated but should any relatives receive this newsletter in error, we do apologise. We have recently received two small legacies for which we are profoundly grateful. We have chosen to share our inheritance with our chosen animal sanctuaries who are in great need in the present economic climate.

Needless to say we have continued to give shelter and care to animals in need. Our help, yet again has been greatly needed by owners of pets who just cannot afford today’s frequently costly veterinary bills. One such case was Beny the Yorkie who accidentally became pregnant. Her owners, who had rescued her, adore her so much as she is such a sweet natured little dog. They were tempted to allow the pregnancy to go ahead, but with very sad results - one puppy born dead and another lodged. This happened ‘out of hours’ and a charge of over £800 immediately requested and a further operation required. The risks were high that Beny might not survive this. 

Thankfully we were there to help. Our wonderful vets Alma’s hospitalised Beny for four days with a drip and medication which saved the day and avoided the further operation. Beny is now back to health although she still has some way to go. The family are so grateful for our financial help that they organised a Karaoke evening at the JOLLY FARMER in Staines and raised nearly £200 for us in appreciation of our help. Beny even came along to thank us personally at our AGM (her owners came too!).

Rehoming goes on for strays and also animals come to us when their elderly owners go into homes or die. We’ve been lucky to find wonderful people who are willing to take on very stressed cats and dogs and give them love and much more.

To all of our supporters and friends, we wish you and your animals a warm and healthy winter!


Yours sincerely Daphne Rix



An old, tired-looking dog wandered into my garden. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me again, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks. Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap?'

The next day he arrived for his nap with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'






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