Some of you will remember Sandy but for others I will tell her story again. We were approached to help her when Sandy’s owner felt she could no longer care for her. On collection we discovered clusters of tumours on both sides of her mammaries and we took her straight to the vets. The plan was for two sets of operations. The first to remove one strip of mammary tumours and spay. When healed she would then have a second mammary strip and a much needed major dental. We fundraiser for the first set of ops and raised about two thirds of the 7 to 900 needed. Whilst in surgery they feared she was either in season or just had a season so spaying was too dangerous it was then agreed she would have the dental this time and the spay next time. The first mammary strip was completed and the lumps sent to the lab for testing.
Sandy went to a quieter foster placement to recover from the first op. Sadly in a cruel twist of fate immediately after her op Sandy’s cataracts on her eyes seemed to exacerbate and her already poor vision seemed to disappear completely. For a while we thought the sheer stress of her situation was more than we could keep putting her through but she has adjusted and she does appear to be enjoying life again despite her limitations. We spoke to the vet again about her situation and after some soul searching came to a decision for her. The test results for the tumours came back as non malignant so it’s very likely the ones on the other side are too. We feel that a second op and the spay will be too stressful for her. As a small rescue finding another £900 would have been difficult but if we honestly felt it was in her best interests I hope you know we would have raised it. Having gotten to know her we feel that finding the most peaceful and luxurious forever foster we can to live out her days as worry free as possible is the best gift we can give her.
If we can very swiftly find her another place she can receive end of life foster care with us paying all pre agreed vet bills then this frees up a fosterer to take in an unknown number of other fosters that are rehomable but whose lives may also be in danger with no place to go. She takes a few days to adjust to a new environment and the longer the situation goes on the more unfair it becomes to her to put her through that adjustment. We know that in an ideal world we wouldn’t move her but we cannot just dismiss the lives that could be lost for not having that foster space available.
I really hope this is all making sense and I’m not just rambling. The long and the short is that we need to very quickly find someone who will love our girl for the rest of her days. Maybe it will be weeks or maybe a couple of years none of us can know. It would be a forever foster agreement and ideally with someone experienced with blind dogs. Must be a peaceful environment. Honestly don’t think that this girl has had much love in her life until now but it’s never too late. Currently in Wymondham, Norfolk (FR061).
If you could offer Sandy a forever foster home please don’t hesitate to contact us on.