Potters Bar’s MP champions kitties to combat loneliness

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 November 2018

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets Dolly the cat at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets Dolly the cat at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

supplied by Oliver Dowden

Potter’s Bar’s MP Oliver Dowden met some of his feline and canine constituents at an animal rescue shelter - and took away ideas to combat loneliness.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets Dolly the cat at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver DowdenPotters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets Dolly the cat at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

During a visit to the Southridge Centre in Potters Bar, he also took on board ideas to help combat loneliness by pairing people with rescue animals.

Mr Dowden said of his visit on October 19: “I had a great time visiting the RSPCA Southridge Centre, and very much enjoyed meeting the animals, especially Dolly the cat!

“I had a great chat with some of the staff and volunteers about animal welfare and know that they work extremely hard to look after all the animals.

“I also chatted with Mr Terry Pavey, a RSPCA National Council Trustee, who shared with me his ideas for a project looking at how access to animals could be used to improve people’s mental health and address loneliness.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets a canine constituent at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver DowdenPotters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden meets a canine constituent at RSPCA Southridge. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

“I thought this was an excellent idea so I have written and discussed this with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Herts Valley CCG to encourage them to back the project.”

Southridge is a rehoming, fostering and adoption centre for animals rescued by the RSPCA.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times regularly features Southridge’s appeals to rehome the many different species of animal rescued by the RSPCA.

The Southridge Centre aims to place every animal they take in into a new, responsible, kind and caring home.

To find out more about the RSPCA Southridge Centre and the pets they have for adoption, visit: www.rspca.org.uk/local/southridge-animal-centre/findapet

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