Friday, 24 September 2010

Tess the Staffordshire bull terrier survives a major operation.

Tess the staffordshire bull terrier has had an infection and been on antibioticsfrom the Vet. Having finished the course and seeming better I sent her in to the vet to be spayed and was shocked to hear that she had Pryometra and it was so bad she could have died had she not been operated on. I know from experience with other dogs how potentially fatal this can be so it is with great relief that I can report that Tess is back with us today and is doing fine. This can happen to any unspayed bitch and is good reason for people to have their female dogs spayed early on in their lives. Poor Tess has also been used for indiscrimate breeding, I can only wonder where her pups have ended up and in what calibre homes? When I collected her this morning the Vets assistants commented on what a sweet natured dog she is.Not a bad testament for a Staffie! Tess pictured here giving me lots of kisses onher arrival back at the shelter. Do you know that she lay quietly on the passenger seat of my car until I turned into the track leading to Freshfields whereupon she sat up and wagged her tail as though she was glad to be back. That is a clear indication of the type of home she had come from. If shelter life is better for a dog there has been something seriously wrong with her former life.

I dont always remember everything which occurs in a day and today I remembered something about the starving mum cat Tiffany which I had promised myself I would take action on. The lady who found the cat in her shed rang the RSPCA and was told not to feed it and it would go away! Now correct me if I am mistaken here but is that not an unkind if not cruel action to take, over a visibly starving mother cat and her newborn babies? I am glad she ignored the advice and was compassionate enough to both feed her and ring for practical help from us
This is not the first time that this advice has been given so I am writing to RSPCA head office to ask for their comments. It may be that this is not an official policy for their staff to say this but it it is then it should be corrected and if not, the staff giving out this advice should be severely reprimanded. This advice is unhelpful to say the least and could have resulted in the deaths of the remainder of the litter and possibly mum too - thankfully all are now thriving. I am not anti RSPCA, without the Inspectorate there would be far more animals suffering and indeed I have found the local Inspectors to be very helpful. In all organisations there can be problems, Freshfields has not been exempt from criticism over the years -thats the way it goes unfortunately Sometimes it can be a member of staff with an unfortunate attitude, often it is an unfounded complaint but it all has to be dealt with so I hope action will be taken to prevent this tpe of advice being given out again.

Pictured here is the handsome Graham, the stray cat with 3 legs which has been in residence at our Charity shop in Porthmadog.He looks as though he is scared of the dog in the photograph above! In reality he was looking up at a noise which was one of the free ferals chasing another across the roof of the cattery. This fluffy cat is as sweet natured as he is gorgeous.What a combination, he is sure to appeal to visistors;he is a real cuddly cat who loves being fussed and stroked.His age is estimated at about 12 months though he is small for an adult cat.
Cariad went today to collect 4 kittens abandoned in the Caernarfon Golf Club grounds.I would have published the photos except she sent them in such a large format it would have taken all evening to download them.Cariad, if you read this they need to be greatly reduced in size to send over the net! I can't shout at her too much as she is caring for them until Sunday which is very kind of her and if I tell her off she just may refuse next time
All three ginger cats admitted last week have now been homed.Nunu went first and Buster and Missy went together today. There is no doubt gingers are the most popular colour followed closely by tortoishell and whites. Such a shame colour and appearance is more important than a sweet loving nature but the important thing is that all find homes so I am delighted these three have gone so quickly.
I have made enquiries about having the hernia removed from Sorrell the Arab mare and was horrified to learn that it could cost up to £2,500. It does not bother her at the moment but I feel
that as she is such a young animal the removal could result in her finding a loving longterm home and more importantly increase her longevity. Perhaps we could mount a special appeal for her. That needs some thought but it seems the best option for her future.Of course if the media are willing to publish her story, no doubt I will be castigated once again by friends of the owner - a small price to pay if it achieves what we want which is a brighter future for this lovely horse. Incidentally the pig was never admitted because I had someone interested in her, I put them all in touch with each other and not hearing anything I assumed Piggy Shani had gone to her new home only to find out today that was not the case. I now have to get back in touch with the owner and rearrange things.I hope Shani is still with him and safe.

A horse rehabilitation Centre has been in touch, they have two horses there for which they need homes.Both have been treated for various physical problems and are now ready to be moved on to homes. I wish more people would take on horses as pets only but as they are so expensive to keep understandably it is not desirable to take on an animal which may either cost a great deal in specialist treatment/food or is unrideable.These two, however have more going for them so it is entirely possible I may be able to place them.
Marigold and Melba should be off to their loan home as soon as transport is organised and another home is likely for the two shetlands Georgie and Minnie.With that in mind I have decided to take on Morris the gelding with arthritic hips and hope to have him here within the next couple of weeks.

Finally it is with great pleasure I announce the rehoming of the three adult rabbits which have been here for several months. I say pleasure because for once the facilities offered to these three were not only adequate for them but super luxurious having cost £500 to build. As I have said before Rabbits are possibly the most neglected and inadequately cared for pets of any. So many are kept in small hutches with inadequate or no exercise so these bunnies are going to have a great life with a massive exercise area and the best of care and love. What a great end to todays blog.

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