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Blue Cross reminds cat owners to microchip their pets
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Blue Cross has seen many happy cases of reunions after a long stretch of time because the cat does have a microchip.
78 per cent helped by charity last year were not microchipped

As National Pet Microchipping Month reaches its half-way point, Blue Cross is reminding owners to microchip their pets or risk losing them forever if they stray.

Between May 2016 and May 2017, some 5,760 cats were admitted to the charity’s rehoming centres. However, a staggering 78 per cent of these cats were not microchipped or had to be microchipped by Blue Cross staff.

While many of the cats admitted to the charity are stray, some are in good condition, suggesting they are likely to be a family pet which had gone for a stroll.

Caroline Reay, clinical lead at Blue Cross, commented: “Particularly in the summer months, with cats going out for longer and wandering further, there is a higher risk of straying and of accidents.

“This is why it’s so important to microchip your cat; even if the cat is an indoor cat as there is still risk of them escaping – in fact, indoor cats are more at risk of getting lost if they do escape. So please, be safe and chip your cats.”

As there is no way for Blue Cross staff to contact the original owners of the un-microchipped cats, many will need to be re-homed.

But the charity has also seen many happy cases of reunions after a long stretch of time because the cat does have a microchip.

One lucky feline managed to stray 20 miles from his home, but thankfully his microchip details were up-to-date, so he was able to be reunited with his family.

 

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on minsmere@rspb.org.uk outside of these times."  

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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit moredun.org.uk