millbrook RSPCA

THE giant spider that was apparently abandoned in a service station car park is settling down in a new, comfy home.

Aragog the tarantula has been taken in by Liz Wood, deputy manager of the RSPCA’s Millbrook Animal Centre.

Liz Wood’s photograph of Aragog looking more healthy in his new home

The Mexican red knee tarantula was found by a motorist wandering across a car park at Wisley services on the southbound A3 on Thursday last week.

Liz is using her previous experience of keeping large, hairy arachnids to help Aragog recover from an ordeal that left him in need of some TLC.

“He was very dehydrated and under-weight, and had a lot of wounds on his abdomen,” said Liz, who has previously looked after two tarantulas that needed a new home. “He had definitely been outdoors in his own for a little while.”

Aragog is now living in an aquarium which has the humid atmosphere he needs to help him thrive. Liz is providing his favourite food of crickets and grasshoppers. “He’s looking a lot better than he did when he came to the centre,” she added.

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THERE were hundreds of wagging tails and smiling faces at Chobham’s RSPCA centre for its biggest fundraising day of the year on Sunday.

Millbrook was packed with people and a variety of animals, for a day of attractions, entertainment and refreshments.

Rescue dogs and animal care assistants taking part in the rehoming parade

The crowds turned up in the sun to watch arena events ranging from a farmer who herds ducks as well as sheep to axemen who competed to chop and saw tree trunks into logs.

Also providing entertainment in the arena were members of the Spelthorne Gymnastics display team, with the Shimmy Café Barefoot Dance Fusion company staging a contrasting performance.

Spiderman’ Jack, aged five, and prizewinning pooch, 12-week-old Betty

Special guests were Britain’s Got Talent stars police officer Dave Wardell and his retired police dog Finn. Finn was badly injured while protecting PC Wardell when a robbery suspect they were chasing attacked them with a knife.

PC Wardell spoke of his successful campaign to get a law passed to prosecute people who harm police dogs, in the same way as those who assault police officers face the courts. The pair got to the final of the TV talent show this year with an act based on the idea that Finn can read minds.

Canines of many breeds and sizes competed in agility competitions and a fun dog show and there was a parade of dogs from Millbrook who are seeking a new home.

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AN ANIMAL charity volunteer is seeking 100 people and their dogs to join a fundraising walk as part of her 100th birthday celebrations.

Sally Field has been spending much of her spare time at the Chobham RSPCA centre for 45 years.

Sally Field with Chico the chihuahua-cross

She is a regular dog walker and helps run fundraising events at Millbrook in Guildford Road.

To help mark becoming a centenarian last December, she hopes at least 100 dog owners and their pets will join her event on Saturday 1 June.

“We will be asking the dog walkers who take part for a donation and the money raised will go towards the work that Millbrook does,” said Sally, who lives in Addlestone,

“Spectators are also welcome to come along and give some money and enjoy some refreshments and an ice cream van will be there.”

Sally, who was a cook at Chertsey Fire Station for 23½ years, drives herself to Chobham for her two regular volunteering days each week.

She made bacon rolls and served snacks for a car boot sale at Millbrook last Saturday and has helped run the centre’s annual gala for many years.

Sally has rehomed seven dogs from the RSPCA and her latest pet is a 16-year-old Jack Russell called Roseanna.

Millbrook staff arranged a surprise 100th birthday party for Sally at Hare Hill Social Club in Addlestone, where guests donated a total of £472 to the centre.

The 100-dog walk takes place in the centre grounds between 11am and 2pm. Entry forms can be collected from the Millbrook reception or requested by emailing jo.douglas@rspca.org.uk or calling 0300 123 0740.

MY MY MY DELILAH – nine-year-old Lauren Holder, from Bisley, with her loveable hound

MY MY MY DELILAH – nine-year-old Lauren Holder, from Bisley, with her loveable hound

ABOUT 200 furry friends pitched up on Millbrook’s field with their two-legged owners for the RSPCA’s annual dog show on Sunday.

The centre’s Fun Dog Show is open to old, young, pedigree, non-pedigree, novice, rescue and homeless canines alike.

And, not to be sniffed at, the event raised more than £4,000, which will be ploughed directly back into the centre and spent on animals in their care.

Manager at the Chobham animal rescue centre, Sue Walters, said: “It was a fantastic day and there was huge support from families and dog lovers.

“I’d like to thank all the people for their help.

“We were amazed and touched by how generous visitors have been – especially in this tough economic climate.”

There was an agility display, fun agility and fastest recall, which was won by Willow, owned by Mr Perry, who completed the recall task in only 2.6 seconds.

There were 10 classes for doggie entries and the winner of each category was put forward to find the Top Dog of the Day.

A Staffie called Smokey, owned by Richard Bos, took the overall accolade.

Sue added: “Smokey had been adopted from this centre about six months ago. Now his fur looks amazing and he’s in  tip-top condition.”