With Hope For Teddy
Is there a limit on what a rescue should spend on treatment to save a dog’s life? If a dog is taken to a vet by owners who cannot, or will not pay for treatment to save a dog’s life should a rescue take on the financial burden – extent unknown – and save it? If a dog is dumped by a puppy farmer with horrific injuries, and a rescue collects the dog, is there a limit to how much should be spent to save that life? If a dog is accepted by a rescue with mysterious, distressing symptoms and it will cost £10,000 to cure her, should the rescue spend £10,000 on one dog?
These are all questions which rescues face during the course of their work. Ones I’ve been involved with through Schnauzerfest (River; Twinklet) and seen how tough the financial pressures can be. It is why Schnauzerfest began in 2014 and is now a registered grant giving charity. This weekend Schnauzerfest launches its first major fundraising appeal for one dog. Teddy is a young dog who not only needs a large level of financial support, but who absolutely deserves it.
Teddy is seriously unwell. He is facing major surgery to save his life. His life has not been lucky. But some good fortune did strike for Teddy when Hope Rescue in Wales took him in in. They committed to giving him all he needs not knowing the extent of his problems. Schnauzerfest gladly agreed to support Hope with his costs. It is what the charity was set up to do.
For several weeks Teddy has undergone a number of investigations and treatment and several admissions to hospital. Throughout it all, this little dog whose life is in turmoil is doing his best to be brave. His foster family dote on him and everyone wishes he wasn’t suffering as he is.
Now the root cause of his upsetting symptoms is in sight. It’s likely that Teddy has a livershunt. A CT scan will confirm and surgery will take place. It is complex, specialist treatment, requiring referral to Langford Referral Hospital. The estimated cost for this, to save Teddy’s life is £7000.
A Schnauzerfest Grant to Hope Rescue will ensure Teddy’s surgery goes ahead. But funds must be raised so care isn’t denied to dogs like Teddy because their rescue cannot afford it. The numbers of dogs seen in rescue with complex veterinary needs is worrying. Hope Rescue has many dogs currently receiving a lot of expensive treatment.
Rescue work is gruelling. It’s expensive to do the right thing. Rescues rely on the generosity of people, most of whom will never meet the dogs whose lives they help to save. That people do care enough to give generously, makes each day for dogs like Teddy a little brighter.
If you can donate to support Teddy’s fund today, it will be very much appreciated. So any amount, however small, helps. Thank you on behalf of Teddy, everyone caring for him and the Schnauzerfest Trustees.