CHESHIRE Dogs’ Home in Grappenhall is issuing an appeal for members of the public to donate towards vital veterinary costs.
The home, which takes in hundreds of dogs each year, has had as its usual fundraising events cancelled due to coronavirus, meaning there are less funds to cover veterinary procedures.
Recently, shih tzu dogs Buddy and Morten came into Cheshire Dogs’ Home after their owner’s poor health meant they could no longer be looked after
Staff discovered that Buddy had a badly ulcerated eye and following an initial course of medical treatment, the decision was made by the vet to surgically remove the eye – a procedure that costs around £1,000.
Buddy and Morten have since been happily re-homed together, but without the funds to treat Buddy’s eye, the dogs’ home would have struggled.
Home manager, Anna Stansfield, said: “It’s usual for us to spend a large amount of money on essential medical procedures, medicine and veterinary treatments for the hundreds of dogs that come through our doors each year, many of whom have come from being found stray or have previously suffered very sad neglect through no fault of their own.
“Under normal circumstances our annual fund-raising events such as the Summer Fair, the Hallowe’en Woodland Walk and the Christmas Fair go a long way towards covering veterinary costs, but obviously we’ve not been able to hold these this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“We’d like to ask members of the public who have always so kindly supported our fund-raising events to consider making a donation instead this year, which we can ring-fence for essential veterinary treatments.”
Donations to Cheshire Dogs’ Home can be made online via justgiving.com/dogshome.