Prince Finds Sanctuary at Holly Hedge
On Sunday morning we received a phone call from a concerned member of the public who had just left the Sanctuary, and saw a dog tied to the sign at the Sanctuary entrance.
We raced down the drive, and found this gorgeous Saluki tied to our signpost, with a bag of treats, food and a note. He gave a little nervous tail wag as we approached, so we calmly and steadily made our way to meet him, being careful not to alarm him.
The note said, "My name is Prince, about 12 1/2 years old"
We softly spoke to Prince as we untied him from the signpost, and headed into the Sanctuary with him. He could not have been tied up for long, as some of the team had only arrived minutes earlier, and he was not there then.
Following an initial assessment by our team to make sure he had no urgent medical needs we had him checked over by Vale Vets the following day and found he has:
🐾 a skin irritation which is quite inflamed
🐾 a need for a thorough groom (or a spa day)
🐾 a build up of plaque on his teeth, so needs a scale and polish with the doggy dentist
🐾 sore limbs, so needs some pain medication and maybe some physiotherapy.
We have already started treating his ailments, and he will also be castrated as with older un-neutered dogs there is a risk of testicular cancer. Prince needs to feel as Royal as his name, so this is our mission.
Prince being a Saluki is a little bit of a natural worrier, so we are allowing him to settle in at his own pace and offering as much comfort and reassurance as we can. We'll let him lead us and find out what he likes and dislikes, so we can be sure to find the best home for him.
We have helped thousands of stray animals in 28 years. Animals that have been disregarded and left in the woods, or in an unoccupied building, with the hope that they'll survive on their own, or that someone will hear them, and they'll rescue them.
Please know that we have no judgement here.
We like to think of ourselves as a safe place for humans and animals, and we understand how hard it is to surrender your family pet, and we respect you for making the right decision for them. Realising that they need more than you can give them is heartbreaking, and fortunately for many people is not a decision they ever have to make. Although much of the world is going back to some kind of normal, so many people are losing their livelihoods and homes due to COVID19. If Prince's story achieves anything we hope it can remove some of the stigma that comes from rehoming your pet, so we are better equipped to help them and find them new owners who love them just as much as you did.
Although Prince being left at our gate is not ideal, as we then have no medical history for him and we need to spend longer working out his needs, it is so much more responsible than leaving them to look after themselves somewhere else, or posting him on gumtree as so many animals are.
It is clear that Prince was clearly loved, and we can only imagine how hard this must have been for his owners. We want to say thank you to them for bringing him to us, and to let them know he is being well looked after, and we will treat his ailments, and we will find him a perfect home.
With so many dogs and cats like Prince needing our help so regularly our vet bills are rising astronomically. If you would like to donate to help Prince and other animals like him please click here.