Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV 'Supervet' in Bid to Rehome Shelter Animals; VIEWERS CALLED ON TO TAKE IN PETS UP FOR ADOPTION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV 'Supervet' in Bid to Rehome Shelter Animals; VIEWERS CALLED ON TO TAKE IN PETS UP FOR ADOPTION

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Byline: KATHRYN RIDDELL Reporter kathryn.riddell@trinitymirror.com @kathrynriddell

A "SUPERVET" has been on a mission to rehome every animal in Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special has been broadcasting live from Benton each night this week as Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, known as the "Supervet", encourages viewers to open their homes to adopted pets.

Helped by co-presenters Steve Jones and Kate Quilton, the aim of the show is to rehome every dog, cat and rabbit at the shelter in one week.

Prof Fitzpatrick said live on air: "I've been amazingly encouraged by the wonderful people who have come forward to adopt animals. I feel like we're halfway up a mountain - it's hard to see the top but we've got to remember that every step we take is a step that gets an animal into a beautiful new home.

"It brings love into their lives and it brings love to people's lives.

"But we can't become complacent, I mean, we've got a long way to go."

Although we like to think of ourselves as a nation of animal lovers, every year, around 250,000 domestic animals are abandoned to the care of rescue centres.

Chief executive of Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter, Leyla Rutter, who has been appearing on the nightly show, said: "Rescue pets make the best pets, with individual characters and a lot of love to give." If you tuned into the show and feel ready to adopt an animal, we've put together some tips from the RSPCA about welcoming a fourlegged family member into your home.

|Make sure you're ready for the responsibility of a new pet who will need lots of care and attention to settle into a new home. Rehomed pets may have suffered abuse or neglect in the past so could require extra reassurance or training.

|If you live in rented accommodation, make sure you have permission from the landlord to keep an animal before starting the adoption process. …

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