Staff at the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch are hoping St. Patrick’s day will bring lots of good luck to Paddy, a 5-month-old Border Collie puppy who hasn’t had much luck so far.
“Paddy arrived at the local rehoming centre with a horrendous eye condition which has caused him to lose his sight,” Community & Events fundraiser Fay Gibbons says.
While the centre hope Paddy, who is being fostered by a member of staff, will respond well to treatment and be able to go up for rehoming soon – but he may turn out to have been left permanently blind.
The Wade Street Animal Centre has a dedicated dog behaviourist who has developed an extra special training plan for Paddy, teaching him commands that will help him navigate the world relying on his hearing. Staff are already impressed at how quickly and confidently Paddy is picking it up.
Animal Centre Deputy Manager Claire Kendall says, “Paddy really doesn’t let his current condition get in the way of being a playful puppy! Whenever he’s in the office he’s always got a toy in his mouth and he’s constantly melting the hearts of everyone who meets him.
“Sadly, we believe Paddy may be permanently blind due to the severity of his eye issues and his first vet check and consultation alone is costing £200 – but we’re determined to do all we can for this poor boy and we’re sure there will be a loving home out there somewhere for Paddy when he is available for adoption.”
The branch will know more about Paddy’s condition and what specific treatment and care will be required after his vet appointment today, 17 March. They are of course hoping it will be as easy as possible for Paddy and result in him being available for rehoming soon.
Images by RSPSA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch