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Schoolgirl battles severe anxiety with help from her two kittens
Amy’s confidence and happiness slowly started to return as her bond with her new pets grew.

Rafiki and Zazu were adopted from the charity Mayhew

A young schoolgirl battling severe anxiety has had her life turned around by two rescue kittens.

Twelve-year-old Amy suffered a shattering loss of self confidence and severe anxiety after being bullied at school. Things eventually deteriorated so much that she was signed off school by her GP.

Amy’s mother Sophie felt helpless, with no idea how to turn things around. When her daughter was signed off school, it was a relief to have some respite from the bullying, but Sophie worried that Amy would spiral even further into worry and sadness if she was at home all day with no friends to interact with.

However, the family had recently adopted two kittens - Rafiki and Zazu - from the charity Mayhew. The pair quickly became Amy’s best friends, and a positive force in her life.

Amy’s confidence and happiness slowly started to return as her bond with her new pets grew. Her general mood was significantly improved and her panic and anxiety attacks became far less frequent.

Sophie said: “Amy was bullied at school, which led to her developing mental health issues including anxiety. She’d even suggested ending her own life, and it was a terrifying time for the family. Luckily, we had just adopted two rescue kittens from Mayhew, and when the doctors signed Amy off school, their bond just grew.

“The kittens gave Amy a reason to get up in the morning, and a reason to smile. She now laughs at their funny games and gives them cuddles; and she is already a much happier person all round. Having the kittens to love has made a huge difference to Amy’s mental health, and we are both so thankful to Mayhew, Rafiki and Zazu.”

Image © Mayhew

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”