1 Arriving one morning to open up one of our Charity shops, our Volunteers were shocked to find this little, Collie bitch tied up outside, with a note attached saying simply “I’m unwanted”.We had no idea how long she’d been standing there, but it was raining heavily and she was absolutely soaked. Her legs were weak – probably because she hadn’t been walked and she had a skin condition, which happily soon responded to veterinary treatment.
We named her Lucy and had a queue of people wanting her, and she found the love she was seeking when she was adopted by Jackie & Trevor and their son James.
2 It is pretty amazing the utter squalor some people are content to live in. Jackson lived in a garden FULL of broken bottles, rusty tins and discarded rubbish of ALL sorts. This was the only access to the outside world for seven lovely dogs. Two of our staff had visited the property, where they found this Old English X in an appalling state with an untreated ear infection and a filthy matted coat.
He was one and a half years old and had never left the house; he was petrified of people and huddled himself in the corner of the kitchen. A black and tan dog feasted on rubbish from the overflowing bin and one – who was only a pup herself – was heavily pregnant and a fourth had a badly deformed leg.
The owner insisted the dogs could only be removed one at a time and “Jackson” (pictured), was the first one we picked up and transported to a Foster Home, followed by “Caspar” – who’d been eating from the bin.
It must have been quite an adventure for them. Almost immediately “Jackson” found his forever home, when he was adopted by one of the Veterinary Nurses who had faced the marathon task of shaving off his coat.
3. This kitten is only a few days old and was found in an alley way off a main road in the West Midlands. We immediately took the tiny animal to a Vets’ in Oldbury for a Vet check and were concerned to learn she has two, seeping puncture wounds, which are thought to be rat bites. Becky, one of the veterinary nurses is brilliant at hand rearing kittens and has very kindly taken this little mite into her care for us.
4. When we received a call telling us a couple had moved out, leaving their rabbit in the garden, rescuers Anne and Alan Barker were duly despatched. They found the empty house and garden with ease, but the rabbit was nowhere to be seen, in fact the garden was quite empty apart from a shed and a huge heap of rubbish in one corner.
Anne and Alan needed to make absolute certain no animal was there and so they set about removing an abandoned fridge door and then progressed to dismantling the mountain of rubbish and eventually at the very bottom they reached a filthy hutch containing one very unhappy bunny, who had neither food nor water. Gently lifting him out, they wrapped him in a towel and transported him to Elaine who fosters for us and who is our fount of bunny knowledge.
5 ‘JESS’ a 4 year old Staffie, arrived at our office with her alcoholic owner who was about to be evicted and a Social worker in tow. Poor ‘JESSIE’ was filthy and stank and the lady’s Whisky breath nearly knocked our staff out.
The owner certainly didn’t beat about the bush when she bluntly asked “are you going to take IT, or am I having IT put to sleep” ? At this point, the Social worker explained that she had tried various Rescue Centres and no one could help and the next number on their list, was the Vet to book ‘JESSIE’ in to be destroyed.
Head down, the poor dog just sat forlornly, totally uncomprehending that her life was in the balance. Fortunately, her life was about to change DRAMATICALLY and for the better and she was taken to one of our Foster Homes, where she was bathed and given a clean bed. She craved love and finally started to learn what toys were for.
6‘PATCH’ is just 12 months old and when his owner passed away, a relative tried to help by moving his kennel to their own garden, but it dropped to pieces. ‘PATCH’ had spent his entire life living outside so unfortunately wasn’t house trained and so the relative was unwilling to have him in the house.
When we went round to assess the situation, she was very concerned to see that poor ‘PATCH’ didn’t have a basket and his only shelter from heavy rain was a table!! Worse still, she knew she just didn’t have an available foster place.
Our sincere thanks to the wonderful Manageress at PETS AT HOME in Oldbury who immediately came to ‘Patch’s aid, by letting us have this super dog kennel and a sack of food free of charge
7 ‘HONEY’ was no more than 5 months old, when she was picked up as a stray in the Midlands. Not only was this poor pup dragging a very badly broken leg, the Vet told us it had been broken for at least three weeks. Much leg pinning later, she was transferred to one of our Foster Homes and began the long road to recovery.
8 MEGAN’ was a stray, and survived by scavenging for food outside a fish & chip shop.She had a stomach full of worms and a large abscess on her neck which we soon got treated.