SAD TALE OF PEANUT THE CAT COULD HELP OWNERS FIND MISSING MOGGIES / PUPILS CLEAN AND GREEN POSTERS GRACE BIGBELLY BINS
The death of a tabby cat whose owner’s identity was traced through a Spanish vet has instigated a borough wide scheme in Bromley.
Pet owners who have lost their cat are now able to check the council’s websitewww.bromley.gov.uk/DeadCatsCollected to see if their cat has been found.
Cat owners are also being encouraged to ensure that their cat is microchipped as this will enable owners to be traced more easily.
Operation Peanut started one morning at the end of March earlier this year when the council’s street cleaning contractor, Kier, came across a beautiful tabby cat that had sadly died.
Fortunately the cat was microchipped, and although the owner was registered in Spain, with a bit of detective work, involving emailing a vet in Seville, Jackie Baxter, the council’s environmental campaigns officer was able to trace the owner to Bromley, near to where the cat had been found.
It transpired that Peanut’s owner had immigrated to England from Marbella eight years ago but had been unable to update the chip’s details – but not through want of trying.
It was this successful reunion that inspired Jackie Baxter to explore if more could be done to reunite deceased cats that were not microchipped with their owners so they could have closure, with Operation Peanut now expanding in the memory of the cat from Spain!
Cllr Colin Smith, Bromley’s executive councillor for environment said, “Every animal owner understands how much loved pets become part of the family and just how much pain it causes when they sadly disappear, often resulting in painstaking, but ultimately unfulfilled searches and appeals for news of their fate.
“This simple, low cost scheme will make a huge difference to so many caught in that invidious position by helping to bring early closure to what can be a very sad and traumatic episode in an owner’s life.
“I am delighted to learn this thoughtful work is now being hailed increasingly widely elsewhere as a breakthrough in this field as well.”
When Kier comes across a dead cat during routine street cleaning or if a report is received that a cat is lying in a public place, if the cat is microchipped, every effort to contact the owner is made, said a council spokesman.
“As an owner may spend months or even years looking for their missing pet, Bromley council will now publish details of dead cats that they have collected that are not microchipped at www.bromley.gov.uk/DeadCatsCollected.
“All vets in the borough will also be sent a poster that they can display in their practice with a description of the cat, and various animal charities across the borough will also be notified.
“The cats will be kept for a minimum of three weeks after they have been found before being sent for cremation.”
Wayne Gillard, practice manager at The Neighbourhood Vet, Penge said “What a fantastic initiative. “We welcome anything like this which may put a client’s mind at rest. “If you’re a pet owner you’ll know that ‘not knowing’ is sometimes the worst part.”
A decade ago on average around two deceased cats that were not microchipped would be collected every week, but nowadays only one deceased cat is collected every two months or so that is not microchipped.
For more information about microchipping, please visit www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/EG08_Microchipping.pdf (Source: Bromley council press release)
PUPILS CLEAN AND GREEN POSTERS GRACE BIGBELLY BINS
Eye-catching posters designed by pupils to encourage people to keep the borough’s streets clean and green, are now gracing the sides of Croydon’s super-capacity, solar-powered Bigbelly bins.
Cllr Stuart Collins,Croydon’s cabinet member for Clean & Green Croydon, announced the winners of the council’s poster competition, run as part of the council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon (DMWC) clean streets campaign at a council cabinet meeting.
“The BigBelly bins are already a huge hit in Croydon, keeping our streets cleaner and helping people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly” he said.
“I’m delighted that so many pupils took part in this competition, designing these fantastic posters which look great and encourage everyone to do their bit to keep our borough tidy.
“Young people are right at the heart of the next phase of Don’t Mess With Croydon – we want to build on the incredible pride that so many of them have in their borough and encourage them to get behind our campaign.
“Well done to all those who submitted designs.
Also at the meeting, Cllr Collins unveiled designs from a schools competition organised by Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, in which pupils were asked to design clean and green posters for use on Veolia vehicles.
Among those which participated were Rockmount primary school, Rockmount Road, Upper Norwood and All Saints primary school, Upper Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood. (Source: Croydon council press release)