Raising funds for the Alexandra Bastedo Champions (ABC) Animal Sanctuary
On Sunday May 10th most of our team took part in a military style assault course to help raise funds for the Alexandra Bastedo Champions (ABC) Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington. We had a great time and it was a fantastic team-building exercise, not least because every obstacle involved wet, slippery mud, several feet deep!
We have been working very closely with ABC over the last year, providing regular visits to the sanctuary’s cats and attending fetes as well as fund raisers. Many of the cats have not been lucky enough to find a new home and are permanent residents. However, they are all free to wander around the peaceful woodland grounds of the sanctuary and all have their own warm cosy bed. The sanctuary is always taking on new cats who are in need of a suitable and loving home.
Most recently we have helped give a new lease of life to a very elderly cat called Betty, whose teeth and gums were in such a terrible state that it was too painful for her to even groom herself. Consequently, her coat was extremely matted and she must have felt utterly miserable. During her general anaesthetic Betty was monitored extremely closely whilst our student veterinary nurse Laura groomed her and vet Suzanna gave her teeth and gums a thorough good clean, extracting those that were decayed. It is always a worrying time to put such an elderly animal through a general anaesthetic but when the patient is suffering from the chronic pain of dental disease, there is little choice. It was a relief for all when she came around, tears were shed when it was time for her to go back to the sanctuary and she tucked into her dinner that very night!