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Saturday, 26 September 2020

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Together 4 Animals: Left living amongst bin bags

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WHEN a group of dog walkers came across a pile of rubbish in their local park, they were shocked to see a young Saluki pup settled down amongst the bin bags.

5-year-old Blossom had clearly been abandoned and cowered in fear at the sight of the walkers and their dogs. She wouldn’t allow any of the dog walkers to approach her and backed away looking terrified as soon as anyone got too close.

Unsure what to do, one of the dog walkers called Together for Animals member Mayhew, and their Animal Welfare Officers told them to try and gain Blossom’s trust so that she could be captured and brought to safety.

Over the next few days, one of the dog walkers returned to the spot where he had discovered Blossom and left food out for her, hoping that she would recognise him and see that he was not a threat.

Luckily, on the third day, Blossom allowed the dog walker to get close enough to put a collar on her, and he called Mayhew straight away so that they could go and pick Blossom up.

After taking her to their rehoming centre, Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers gave Blossom a thorough health check. Blossom was extremely nervous and stressed during her intake examination, and didn’t have a microchip, so we have no idea where she might have come from or how long she was in the park before the dog walkers spotted her.

Blossom

The team at Mayhew quickly noticed that Blossom was itching all over and kept trying to scratch her body with her back legs. Even the slightest touch by the team caused Blossom’s itchiness to flare up, and so the vet team conducted skin scrapes so they could get to the bottom of what was causing it.

Test results soon indicated that Blossom’s skin condition was caused by a bacterial infection, likely caught from the rubbish she was laying on when she was found. Vets administered steroids and antibiotics, and the Kennels team settled Blossom down into a warm, cosy cabin where she could finally feel safe to rest and recover.

As time went on, Blossom began to trust the team and started to come out of her shell. She revealed herself to be an incredibly gentle, intelligent and affectionate girl, and she soon built strong bonds with all the staff.

However, her ordeal has left Blossom with significant confidence issues, and she is a very shy pup who needed to find an experienced and knowledgeable owner who has the time and patience to show her lots of love and teach her all that she needs to know.

We are delighted to say that Blossom has found that person and is currently in the process of being rehomed. We are so glad she has found her forever home.

Your support helps our members give animals the care, love and veterinary treatments they need while waiting for their forever homes. A donation of £5 a month helps Together for Animals’ member charities keep pets safe and warm in their rehoming centres until they find loving new homes.

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