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[p]When many of us are asked what we would like for Christmas so many of us respond in a similar way, and that is to say “nothing thank you, I have everything that I need!”[/p][p]Nowadays we take needing nothing for granted. Having nothing in these days in an unusual concept. However [b]Nothing [/b]is what so many of the animals that come into our centre have[/p][p]· No owner[/p][p]· No companion[/p][p]· No home[/p][p]· No possessions[/p][p]· No medication[/p][p]· No food[/p][p]· And very often seemingly no future.[/p][p]The RSPCA provides a safety net for these animals and thank goodness for that because without this safety net animals like Simon and Jagger would crash to the very bottom. The RSPCA provide the safety net but just as importantly the Friends of Southridge through their pensioners and sponsorship schemes provide a way up to give animals like Simon and Jagger a chance to end their lives in luxury, wanting for nothing.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Simon (Templar) so nicknamed by staff because of his saintly behaviour and manly good looks is an aged black and white male cat. He weighed just over 2kgs (a little over a bag of sugar) when he was first rescued. His skin seemed to be the only thing that was holding his bones in place! He was so weak that he could barely stand, his white fur was stained grey, his fur was all matted and his ears were red raw. Simon was a stray cat who we can only imagine had over time become weaker and weaker. As his health deteriorated Simon found it harder to obtain food and shelter and the downward spiral begun. Without a doubt had he been left where he was he would not have been able to survive for much longer, all his reserves had been used up. Simon is now snug and warm living in our cattery waiting to be adopted. He has a number of ongoing health issues all of which require treatment but do not currently compromise his quality of life. Find a new home is a priority for Simon because he is no spring chicken and he does not have the luxury of time. His medication and tests are not cheap and we know this might put potential adopters off from selecting him so the Friends of Southridge have agreed to cover all Simon’s veterinary fees and to provide food for him in his new home.[/p][p]Jagger the Doberman. You might be of an age when you can remember Mick Jagger strutting his stuff across the stage well believe you me he has a rival for a strutting technique in our Jagger. Jagger loves to strut and show off around the centre however and we would never tell him this, Jagger's strut is more of a shuffle and a wobble than a strut! Jagger suffers from a disease that affects his ability to fully control the movement of his legs. He does not seem to be aware of this and once he gets up speed you would be hard pushed to spot it yourself. Although Jagger is currently not on any medication, it might become necessary in the future and the option of surgery has not been totally ruled out. Both are potentially costly. Thankfully the Friends of Southridge have agreed to cover the cost of any future treatment that Jagger might need. [/p][p]Simon and Jagger are so typical of the animals that are on the Friends of Southridge pensioners scheme. Animals that without being dramatic owe their future to the Friends sponsoring and supporting them. There are over fifty such animals on this wonderful scheme, it is imperative that funding continues to come to enable it to keep running. [/p][p]Thank you for choosing to give the Friends of Southridge and support our scheme and animals like Simon and Jagger, now you can do one more thing for these two boys. Spread the word to your friends and family that they are looking for new homes and families. It would be so wonderful to know that they would be tucked up in a home for Christmas.[/p]
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