India (Mumbai): ‘Ginger and Scratchy’ Looking for a Home


From: <>
Cc: “Nigel Goode” <>
Date: Monday, 25 May, 2009, 12:27 PM

Dear Charu,

Can you pl help with these cats. Their ‘father’ is an expat who has to leave the country and just cannot take them with him. He leaves 5th June – a formidably short notice I know – but pl see what you can do . I really do not have much contact with good cat people.

There is also a dog to be re homed from the same family but I won’t bother you with him just now since we have a lead which just might work out. 

Thank You


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Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 6:53 PM




Please see picture of cats attached. They are a little bigger than photo now, but just as cute.

Ginger (as in the color)

Ginger is a sterilized male. He’s friendly, outgoing & likes to be around people. He will often come to you for a scratch & play. He likes to walk around the house meowing in the morning, then finds a quite place to sleep & hide for most of the day.

Ginger sometimes picks on his sister & creates a small spat.

Scratchy (black & white, & as in the cartoon on “The Simpsons” Itchy & Scratchy)

Scratchy is a sterilized female. She is quite a shy cat. She likes to be near you, but doesn’t like a lot of scratching & playing. She will though sit on my wife’s lap in quite moments. She spends most of her time sitting curled up in the kitchen to be near my wife.

She’s a good mouser.

She doesn’t like her tummy being scratched, & will instantly push your hand away with her legs.

Other traits

–          They are both adept at catching mice, & occasionally small birds

–          They like to spend some time outdoors, but are just as happy to be inside. We usually leave them in the backroom of our house, & they will go in & out of a window we deliberately leave open


–          They have leftover chicken, beef, rice, occasional vegetables….

–          My wife often buys fresh fish & will mix it with rice as well. They love fish


Nigel Goode
Mumbai India
+91 9821156276

Tasmania: Activist Raid Finds Pigs ‘Eaten Alive’ by Maggots


Activist raid finds pigs ‘eaten alive’ by maggots 

By Tasmanian Stateline presenter Airlie Ward

Posted Fri May 8, 2009 5:00pm AEST
Updated Fri May 8, 2009 5:29pm AEST

 Tas pig

“There were open drains everywhere that were seething with maggots.”

A piggery operator in Tasmania has been charged with cruelty offences after animals were found in squalid conditions and infested with maggots.

The farm in northern Tasmania was raided and filmed by an animal welfare activist earlier this year.

Emma Haswell reported her concerns to the RSPCA which told her it would not inspect the farm.

Ms Haswell then called the police and told them she had trespassed.

Police charged the owner of the piggery with several animal cruelty offences and he will appear in court in Scottsdale next week.

The piggery is one of Tasmania’s biggest and is also a supplier to the self-proclaimed Fresh Food People, supermarket giant Woolworths.

Ms Haswell said she was appalled at what she saw, including a sow infested with maggots.

“She can’t move, she’s lying in faeces, mud and maggots,” she said.

“I would never have imagined I’d find an animal in this condition. She’s being eaten alive.”

“The first thing I saw was an Australian Quality Assured pork sign on the entrance to the farm.

“The first thing that stood out to me, obviously the smell and the squalor, the flies, the maggots.

Squalid conditions

“There were open drains everywhere that were seething with maggots.

“There were emaciated sows in stalls that couldn’t move, they had wounds on them, they had enormous abscesses that meant their legs were two or three times the normal size, she said.

The activist called the RSPCA’s chief executive Greg Tredinnick who told her to ring police because the organisation did not operate on weekends.

Animals Australia’s executive director Glenys Oojes says that in almost three decades working in animal welfare she has never seen anything like it.

“The poor pig with maggots infested in the wound was honestly the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.

The piggery is a supplier to Woolworths, but did not have industry accreditation.

The supermarket chain says it has given the operator a list of improvements.

A statement released by Woolworths said:

“Woolworths responded immediately upon being informed with our head livestock buyer arriving in Tasmania within 48 hours to investigate the allegations.”

“We were not happy with the conditions on the farm and provided the supplier with a list of improvements to be met”

Woolworths says it is visiting the farm every fortnight.

Attempts were made to contact the farm owner but calls were not returned.

Australian Pork Industry spokesman Andrew Spencer says he was horrified by the images.

“The farm is not accredited and we’ll be working with Woolworths to make sure that they have confidence in the ongoing supply of the products,” he said.

 Tas pig

India (Noida): Pups for Adoption to Loving Homes




From: Bramhesh Srivastav <>
Subject: Hi
Date: Sunday, 24 May, 2009, 2:59 AM

hi Charu,

I have “rescued” four female pups (4 weeks old now) and am looking for
“good”(ones who don’t discriminate against desis and are financially
and emotionally capable of giving them good care) homes for them.
I have as my pets their brothers Chotu and Motu (about 8 months  old)
who are both large dogs.

Their ad hoc names are Moti(the fat one), Kali, Safedu(the white one),
and i haven’t named the fourth.

They are breast feeding and also on puppy cerelac plus gradually
introducing them to large breed premium puppy food (which we also feed
the mother). Both their parents are large dogs.

We live in NOIDA.