Bath Cats and Dogs Home has launched its Winter Appeal, focussing on the challenges posed by many animals arriving at the charity with chronic medical conditions.
A German Shepherd who was found straying and brought in to be cared for at the home turned out to be just a little older than a puppy, despite the animal care team initially thinking she was around 5 years old.
Bellatrix was rescued by dog wardens in September when she was found wandering in the Trowbridge area.
She was very emaciated and malnourished, and due to her lack of energy and bedraggled appearance, the animal care team initially thought she was a much older dog.
Fast forward two months and following veterinary treatment, the team now estimate that Bellatrix is actually a very young dog and guess she is in fact just over one, barely out of puppyhood.
She initially had to be stabilised by the vet team as she was so unwell. She had blood tests to check for deficiencies and needs vitamin supplements and a special diet for gastrointestinal disease.
Fortunately, since being cared for at the Bath Cats and Dogs Home (BCDH), she has put on around a stone in weight (6kg).
BCDH Chief Executive Rachel Jones said: “Bellatrix is such a fantastic example of how we can totally transform an animal’s life. Bella is such a friendly, clever girl who has lots of affection to give. She will make a terrific pet for the right person.
“Many of the animals taken into the Home’s care this year have long term health problems which need prolonged veterinary treatment and intensive, time-consuming, rehabilitation.
“Diabetes, Addison’s, and Cushing’s diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and kidney problems are some of the challenges currently facing animals and the team at the Home.
Rachel added: “Unfortunately, we are now starting to see the less obvious effects of the pandemic.
“With so many people facing unprecedented challenges, pet owners were often unable to travel to vets, as well as the past year and a half having a negative impact on many people’s personal wellbeing. “
Bellatrix is just one of many pets who are solely depending on Bath Cats and Dogs Home to give them the second chance they deserve.
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