Billie the skinny Lurcher pup arrived with the National Animal Welfare Trust in April, and it was clear from the start something was very wrong. The five-month-old pup had real trouble keeping food down, and vets soon discovered a serious problem with her oesophagus.
Staff are now feeding Billie liquidised food whilst she is in an upright position as a temporary solution. Surgery could fix Billie's problem in the long term - but it will cost the charity £4,500. An urgent fundraising operation is now underway, but Billie is already suffering the effects of her condition. She has lost her interest in food, and she is looking tired and run down - a sad sight in such a young puppy. Her skin problems are taking a long time to heal too.
Centre Manager Louise Clarke said, “Billie is a very sweet dog with every chance of finding a fantastic new home but her medical condition will make this much harder. We fear for her future and because we at the National Animal Welfare Trust believe in trying to give the very best to every animal we rehome, we know there’s a chance of making Billie’s life so much better if we go through with the surgery.
“We believe our friends and supporters will think that too and so are asking them to help Billie in any way they can.”
You can help Billie on the road to living and eating like a normal dog, and give her the best chance of a happy life. Donate to NAWT's special online fundraising appeal here, or alternatively post a cheque to the National Animal Welfare Trust Cornwall Centre, Wheal Alfred Kennels, Wheal Alfred Road, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5JT.
Featured image via NAWT.