Violet’s Day At The Vet
We’re in full swing now for Schnauzerfest and it’s swinging like never before! This year it’s a busy business juggling all the magical balls which make Schnauzerfest the marvel of fundraising that it’s become since 2014. I’ve been joined behind the scenes recently by a few more people so we can better keep up with all the buzz. It also means that together our focus stays strongly on what Schnauzerfest is all about – fun and fundraising. It’s working out well and with a slightly bigger team, it means the greatly bigger list of Schnauzerfest walks we’re looking forward to in a month’s time is in solid hands.
I’ll tell you in a second about puppy farm rescue dog Violet who we’ll all be out walking for but a bit of background first. Schnauzerfest funds have always supported the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre – as well as a couple of years East Midlands Dog Rescue, another excellent independent sanctuary. One big reason DBARC receives our backing and large funds is for the quality of care the dogs saved from puppy farms receive. This is personal for me, as Schnauzerfest came about directly because I adopted Susie-Belle after DBARC had restored her eye-sight and saved her life with love and essential veterinary care.
I knew at the time this was a costly commitment for a small rescue to have made for one dog and ever since, I’ve undertaken to fundraise for them so that more Susie-Belles can be helped by her foster mum Janet and the DBARC team.
When we consider that it costs around £4000+ to restore a dog’s eye-sight, it can be understood just why the fundraising of Schnauzerfest is so vital for a small rescue like DBARC. With 6 schnauzers in their care at the moment, plus several other animals all with complicated, expensive needs, the money we raise this autumn will soon be spent. It will be spent transforming the lives of animals who face many future hurdles once they are well enough to move off to their new homes. Schnauzerfest funds will ease their journeys by helping to pay for their eye surgery, treat their infections, remove their tumours and begin healing their damaged minds. Just as DBARC did for Susie-Belle, so they will do for others with the help of everyone who donates to Schnauzerfest.
Like puppy farm rescue dog Violet who yesterday began what’s likely to be a lengthy course of specialist and complicated veterinary treatment.
Having spent her entire life neglected and abused in a puppy farm Violet has many problems. Probably the least significant is a heart murmur, which has been scanned and checked and isn’t considered enough of a worry to delay dealing with her multiple issues. Yesterday, in the excellent care of the Bracken Veterinary Centre team she was spayed and had two tumours removed from her leg and back. The nature of these won’t be known for a few days but it’s hoped that a few other issues that have been identified will now resolve themselves as Violet recovers and heals back in the care of DBARC. She also has obvious eye problems but these will wait until she is further assessed and on the road to recovery, all going well.
Violet’s treatment programme will cost four figures easily even without specialist eye surgery. Without Schnauzerfest funding, the implications for her, and DBARC of the state she has been allowed to fester in in the puppy farm would be far more onerous than it already is. By donating to Schnauzerfest, every supporter can have full confidence that the money will transform the lives of dogs like Violet.
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