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Ben's Story

Ben's story from Venture Farm Cat Rescue Norfolk

Ben was living outside a house with some other cats. The owner died and the cats were left to fend for themselves. A neighbour managed to catch Ben and the other 2.

All 3 were very scared and you could not really get near them. Ben was an entire male and had a very bad eye injury which was very difficult to treat because he didn't like to be handled.

He also tested positive to FIV. The vets advised that he needed to have the eye removed. Ben's operation went well and we moved him to one of our isolation pens. Once in there we spent a lot of time with him - eventually he would allow us to gently stroke him. Over time his eye removal healed well and also he slowly began to enjoy a fuss. After 2 months we decided to move him to our FIV pen where we have about 12 other FIV positive cats.

Ben fitted in well and soon became a real favourite in there. There is a really happy ending to this as Ben was adopted just last month and has settled really well and they love him to bits. So from a badly injured, scared, not being able to handled, FIV positive entire male cat - we now have a gorgeous, super friendly cat who just loves fuss and attention. And what of his 2 friends - well Snowey & Ginger who also needed a lot of TLC are now living in a home together and are both enjoying a lot of fuss.

Ben, Snowey & Ginger would have been classed as feral by some people but they weren't. They were scared and just needed to learn to trust us humans again. So thanks to Venture Farm a happy ending for all 3 cats."

Wetnose gave Venture Farm £2,500 to help with vets bills, always pleased to help local animal charities.

Boy

Boy - ACE in Egypt

This is 'Boy' whom we did rescue from the streets as he was bullied and beaten by every pack of dogs that he encountered! He decided the stairs of my home building was the safest place he could find in Luxor so we offered him a permanent home at ACE. There are many stray and many owned free roaming dogs in our area and we do as much free neutering as possible. So to get your generous donation of £2,000 to help with neutering dogs is wonderful news.

If only someone would open a rescue/ rehoming centre in Luxor we do what we can but our main focus is the hospital of course.

The locals here are not on the whole in agreement with neutering so it is difficult to convince owners to neuter rather than dump bags of kittens or puppies in dumpsters where they are then 'In Gods Hands'....so we have our work cut out to educate children that neutering would be a great and sensible (let alone a humane) solution.

We are VERY happy to report that just this week we have been very encouraged as a local hotel on the west bank side of Luxor have been assisting us to TNR their local cats....yipeeee!

Bless you Andrea and your team of volunteers for all you do for animals worldwide, the £3,000 will help us to Neuter more kittens.

Kim X X (team ACE in Egypt)

Fagan - Hope Pastures

Helen Turner Meets Fagan

Helen Turner (Wetnose Trustee) met the handsome Fagan here is how he looked when he arrived at Hope Pastures he was found chained to a lamppost!

He was a real mess when he came in, but Hope Pastures have done wonders with him and now he loves everyone and plays with his treat ball.

Fagan

Flicka Foundation - Thankyou

Wetnose Animal Aid Helps Donkeys in Need!

The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary was delighted when Wetnose Animal Aid, a non-profit organisation established to support animal rescue centres around the world, donated funds to help cover vital veterinary care bills for their resident donkeys. The Penryn-based equine sanctuary reports rescuing an unprecedented number of donkeys and ponies over the past two years – new arrivals are cared for and rehabilitated by an expert team at the sanctuary, before having a happy, second chance at life.

With ongoing, expensive veterinary bills building up, Flicka’s team were thrilled when Wetnose Animal Aid stepped in to help. All of the sanctuary’s funding goes towards caring for animals rescued from conditions of abuse and neglect, so support via donations are much appreciated and really do make a big difference to the charity’s work.

Wetnose Animal Aid has a mission to help vulnerable animals all over the world by raising funds to support those who provide for their care and welfare in rescue centres and sanctuaries. The organisation, founded by Andrea & Gavin Gamby-Boulger, has been running for almost 2 decades and is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers. They aim to help animals “one paw, hoof and claw at a time”.

Animal loving celebrity Paul O’ Grady is a big supporter of Wetnose Animal Aid and also lends his support as a Patron of The Flicka Foundation. Paul offered invaluable help for the donkeys when he generously helped to transport 25 donkeys in need of a home to safety in Cornwall when another sanctuary in Derbyshire closed down. The funds Wetnose donated went a long way in helping to cover the costs of dental treatment for some of the same donkeys, including “Sable” a Sicilian miniature donkey who was seized at an animal market by the authorities after being shipped from the US to the UK to be sold at auction.

Flicka Foundation Trustee Director, Judy Giles, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Wetnose Animal Aid! Sadly, many of the donkeys we rescue have ongoing dental problems due to the neglect they suffered in the past, meaning we constantly have to find funds to cover the costs of many visits from the equine dentist vet. A big *thank you* to Wetnose for their fantastic ongoing support!”

Rupert

Pepper's Story

Pepper the cat

This dear little cat came into Holly Hedge as a desperately poorly looking stray in real need of TLC and urgent veterinary treatment. Despite the terrible condition he was in, and the suffering he must have been enduring, Pepper was still full of purrs and really keen to climb onto our laps for cuddles and love, which he clearly hadn’t had for a very long time, if ever.

Pepper was so thin and emaciated and he had a dreadful skin infection on his tummy and back legs. It really was touch and go for a while as to whether he would pull through but, as always, we were determined to do everything we could to give this stoic little lad the best possible chance of survival and a happy future to look forward to.

Pepper may have been dangerously frail, but there was obviously no doubt in his mind that he was going to get better and soon showed what a brave little fighter he was. Over time, and with lots of medical attention and love from our dedicated staff and volunteers, Pepper began to show signs of recovery, and gradually these little steps of improvement became more marked. And never once did wearing his buster collar doctor Pepper from wanting strokes and cuddles, and purring extremely loudly through his cleft palette.

Pepper

Pepper’s fighting spirit and remarkably uncomplaining attitude was testament to his strength of character and there was no better feeling than realising he was finally ‘out of the woods’ and would soon be up for rehoming. Unsurprisingly it didn’t take long for Pepper’s ‘forever family’ to come along and fall in love with him – well who wouldn’t? He was such a handsome boy and charmed everyone with his endearing habit of stretching his paws up for cuddles!

Pepper’s outcome and complete recovery is just one of many examples of Holly Hedge’s dedication to the wellbeing of each and every one of our beloved cats and kittens and we are fully aware that we couldn’t achieve such success without the incredible support of all the kind people who donate to our ever increasing vet bills.

Pepper

April

April - Keighley Cat Care

We were alerted by a member of the public about a heavily pregnant cat with a very poorly eye. At this point, we didn't have an idea as to how severe her 'poorly eye' was. That was late night on the 12th of April. On the 13th we lend this person a trap and April was trapped overnight.

We picked her up in the morning on the 14th and took her straight to the vets as an emergency to have her checked out. Whilst waiting to be seen, little squeaks started coming out of the covered trap. April had given birth. The vet checked her and although the state the eye was in was horrendous, it was decided, for the welfare of the kittens (there was only 1 at this point) that surgery will have to be postponed as much as possible.

April was kept at the vets overnight to ensure she was ok. She gave birth to 3 kittens in total, but one of them was born with an extremely severe cleft palate and died within hours of being born. We brought April and the 2 remaining kittens home the following day.

April

The vets prescribed an eye cream that was safe to apply whilst she was breastfeeding to make her as comfortable as possible and we applied it daily as instructed. April never once stopped purring.

We named the kittens Apollo and Aphrodite. The three of them seem to be strong and healthy (apart from April's eye) but on the 19th, at not even 5 full days old, Apollo just faded away and died in his sleep. Needless to say we were heartbroken. On the 20th, April had to be admitted for surgery as the situation with the eye went from stable to critical in a matter of hours. Aphrodite of course went with her so she could be with her mum as much as possible. April was stabilised overnight and had her surgery on Saturday. Both came back to us on Sunday 22nd.

They were both amazing, April ate so much, and we were more than happy to keep putting chicken down for her! She devoured it!! On the 25th, we woke up to a slightly cold Aphrodite... we took her to the vets but she sadly her condition worsened and she passed away after lunch time despite the best efforts of the vet nurses looking after her. We were all distraught.

April came back to us and she clearly was missing Aphrodite, she kept looking for her and it was completely heartbreaking to see. We nursed her and look after her as much as she needed, tried to keep her busy and playing with her, but she wasn't in a very playful mood. She was just exhausted. In under 11 days, she had been trapped, given birth to and lost 3 kittens and had a very intrusive surgical procedure... and 4 days after losing Aphrodite she started being in heat... that lasted for about 10 days. At the end of being in heat, she started to seem a lot better, both physically and psychologically. We still gave her lots of love and all the attention she needed and she started really showing her lovely personality.

She's a really loving cat, but she does not like any of the other cats, she was petrified of them!! We kept trying to find her a home but we didn't manage to find anything suitable for her. On the 22nd of May, after a lot of deliberation, she got sent to Battersea, who had taken many cats in our care previously and managed to find homes for them really quickly.

After letting her settle and ensuring she was alright and ready, she was advertised for adoption on the website. On the 11th of June, she was announced as Reserved and today her status has changed to rehomed.

We cannot thank Wetnose Animal Aid enough for your donation towards her care.

April

Larry

LARRY’S STORY – AN EMW Sanctuaries in Hereford

Larry is an odd little gelding, neither is he a mini Shetland nor a standard size, he falls somewhere between the two but is a stocky and a sturdy dear little chap who has been with us since late autumn of 2007.

Larry, on intake was then aged around 11 years. He came to this charity along with another little Shetland colt foal; both had been living awful lives prior to being removed. They both first went to our Wales sanctuary for immediate safety but very quickly were moved to our Herefordshire yard.

The little colt went out on loan as we had a super home waiting for him and was gelded when he was ready, in his loan home, where he has remained ever since but with Larry it was clear that he wouldn’t be placed on loan very quickly as he was full of fear, terrified of human touch, and unable to cope with more than one to one contact and even that was a fearful experience for him.

On arrival at our sanctuary yard he immediately suffered an alarming choke episode but despite all ways of trying to calm Larry our vet was unable to help at all; such was the fear this pony displayed. All we were able to do was to massage his throat area, try to keep him calm and hope he recovered - he did and has never suffered choke since. On intake we also noted that he had suffered a bad laminitis bout in his recent past which, although we didn’t know it at the time, would impact upon him throughout the years ahead despite everything possible that we could do to try to stop it happening. He is managed very carefully.

We have mooted the idea that Larry may possibly be one of the ponies who suffer from dwarfism in a mild way as his joints, especially his knees but also his hocks, are not quite as they should be and he does have a few other slight traits of this syndrome. Despite all these issues Larry is not in pain and is happy in his life, especially since the arrival of his now best friend Eric, who came to sanctuary as a very scared little colt of 5 months old. Larry loves Eric and Eric loves Larry, a real little bonded pair and a pleasure to have on the yard.

When we delved into the scant history we could find on Larry we found out that he had suffered while being tethered and had been seen to be tormented by kids with dogs so it’s no wonder he is was, and sometimes still is, worried by life. These days he is an older gentleman in his early 20’s and lives a very settled life but we do have to be very careful with his nutrition and his joint care. Larry will never leave the care of the sanctuary and is supported for life by this charity as his needs and lifestyle are not suitable for him to go out on life loan especially as he enters his golden years.

Ponies like Larry are always in need of our care, that care is dependent upon kind donations, which makes us so grateful to Wetnose Animal Aid for such a generous donation, of £3000 just received, allowing us to offer sanctuary to others in need and to care for those already here. Thank you so very much from us all.

Mouse

Mouse – Silver Fox Rescue in Bolton

Little Mouse was from a UK owner who gave her up to the rescue centre saying they couldn’t look after her any more. Many people do this when the animal is ill or needs surgery.

To our horror the owner had not treated her painful eye infection for a very long time and it looked very dry, so poor Mouse must have been unable to see out of her eye properly for ages.

Poor little Mouse must have been in great discomfort, she was taken to our local vet straight away who had no choice but to remove the eye immediately.

Mouse is now a happy little dog with no more pain, one of our Wetnose trustees Helen gave a cheque to Marjorie for £1900. to help with many vets bills.

Mouse

Mouse

Muffin

Story of Muffin Pug – Bait dog survivor

I may look like a princess now but there was a time when I was in a very sorry state and it wasn't always this way. A bad thing happened to me in 2015: I was used as bait for dog fighting. I was in the vets in a very, very bad way - nearly at Rainbow Bridge & about to be PTS when the rescuers from JRT Rescue UK arrived with their dogs on a routine visit. Thank goodness they did! The vet asked if they could help a dog that had been used as bait. Without knowing anything about me or even what type of dog I am they said yes!

Oh my goodness when they looked at me they cried and cried but they promised to help me forever, I was signed over to them & here I am now. I was so ill for so long & whenever I was close to Rainbow Bridge they made sure I stayed here & told me it wasn't my time. I got stronger & stronger but my back leg was too badly damaged so it had to go. I am proud to be a tri-paw, who needs 4 anyway!

Muffin

Lots of humans have been wondering how a Pugalicious little thing like me ended up with a Jack Russell Rescue so now you know. My rescuers said it's not about BREED it is about NEED and boy, did I need them. They have kept their promise & stuck by me every day. They said I have earned my stripes to be a JRT because I hung in there through thick & thin like a terrier. Woofs to the JRTR UK gang, my best mate is Tallulah (she's not a JRT either, she is a beautiful Chihuahua & when she needed help they were there for her too).

They loved me so much I asked them if they could help more Pugs in need. So many of my brothers & sisters are in need it makes me sad. I want them to have the help I did.

S

o the Fairy Pug Mothers granted my wish. I am so happy! Here I am sitting in a pram with my pal Dodger, one of my many new friends the FairyPugMothers have saved after me.

A huge big woofing pugalicious thank you to everyone who has donated towards our care & treatment, liked my page & shared our stories. Thank you for all of those nice thoughts and prayers when we are unwell or in pain or having the horrible nightmares. FairyPugMother says all of the kindness wraps around us & pulls us back from Rainbow Bridge when we need it most.

My name is Muffin & I am a SURVIVOR!

Muffin

Nemo

Nemo - Carla Lane Sanctuary in Liverpool

Little Nemo was handed in to us last Saturday as a stray found in a garden. We guessed he was only about 4 weeks old and weighed 8 ounces (my last foster kittens weighed 13 ounces at 3 weeks), so was severely underweight. He had a big sore on one back leg, which was quite smelly, and the other leg is severely deformed and bent under his body, impeding him using his ‘good’ back leg. He did face certain death until we took him in and gave him round the clock care.

Nemo

He is now in foster care with me, on 2 hourly feeds, and he went to the vet on Tuesday and the vet was at first very concerned for his future. He gave me some antibiotics for the wound and I was to return on Friday. On Friday he weighed 12 ounces! 50% increase in weight. The wound on his leg is healing nicely. The vet was so pleased with his progress that he made a little splint for Nemo’s deformed leg. This is with the intention of attempting to save his leg. There is a less than 50% chance of this being successful, but the benefit for Nemo is that he can now use his other back leg properly, is moving about well and gaining strength in that leg. He has been a little star and completely unfazed by the splint. I am so proud of this little man. I am telling you all this so you get an insight into how hard we try to help and rehabilitate all animals in our care. This does have the effect of giving us spiralling vet bills that we have to do an awful lot of fund raising to cover. Nemo’s bill will probably run to £500 if we need to amputate. This month’s vet bills are just over £12,000. Nemo after many months of treatment and care has a new and loving home and is 1 year old, love happy endings.

Nemo

Nemo