AS the weather cools and winter approaches, it is important to be compassionate towards wild animals seeking warmth and shelter inside our homes.

Some of these animals - rats and mice for example - are viewed as unwelcome “pests.”

But please remember that these animals suffer just as much as the dogs and cats with whom we share our homes.

There are many simple and effective methods of humanely deterring these animals, so there is no need to cause them harm through trapping or poisoning.

Animal Aid provides free advice sheets on how to stop these animals from taking up residence without harming them, and how to encourage them to leave if they have already arrived.

Tod Bradbury, Animal Aid.