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Cats Protection announces fundraiser for homeless cats
Pet lovers will be able to buy special edition Simon's Cat pins, with a percentage of proceeds going to Cats Protection.

Weekend event to take place across the UK

Cats Protection is working with retailer Pets at Home to raise funds for the UK’s homeless cats, in a three-day event being held at the end of March.

Between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 March, pet lovers nationwide who visit Pets at Home stores will be able to purchase special edition Simon’s Cat pin badges or make a donation at the tills.

The event is organised by animal rescue and rehoming charity Support Adoption For Pets (SAFP), established by Pets at Home. This is the eighth time the fundraiser has taken place and in total, it has raised £328,000 over the years for homeless cats in the UK.

In previous years, Cats Protection branches and centres have attended select stores, providing information on cat care and adoption and holding additional fundraisers across the weekend, including tombolas and bake sales.

Richard Howard, Cats Protection’s corporate partnerships manager said: “We are very grateful for the support of Pets at Home shoppers because the funds raised help us to provide essential food, veterinary care, neutering and rehoming for the thousands of unwanted cats that come through our care each year.

“I hope kind pet lovers will visit their local store to show their support because every pound donated helps us to guarantee a brighter future for homeless felines.”

Simon Tofield, creator of Simon’s Cat said: “As a cat lover, the wonderful work of Cats Protection is something I am very enthusiastic about. This is the sixth year we have provided a design for the fundraising weekend and I really hope that people will help to raise lots of money for the continued welfare of our feline friends.”

Image (c) Cats Protection.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.