Why we need your help
The story of one little dog who will help change the future of all Romanian dogs.
On Monday 6th May 2019, on our recent trip to Boldesti Public Shelter in Romania, Mildred was one of a handful of dogs taken out of the courtyards by Madalina, Nat, Janet and Olivia.
It wasn’t the practical decision. But she touched our hearts and we just had to get her out.
Old, frightened and injured, we couldn’t leave her there to face certain death.
Her beautiful face reminded Nat so much of her childhood rescue dog, Bess. There was an instant connection and Nat was head over heels in love with this neglected old lady.
Mildred was scared and fear aggressive in the courtyard. Madalina won her over enough to grab her and get her straight into the clinic.
By the time our team left Boldesti to come home, Mildred was eating and her ticks that she was infested with, began to drop off. Things were looking ok.
We received regular updates. She was eating well, the cough she had developed on coming into the clinic was improving, and there was hope that she would be alright.
We as a charity vowed that if Mildred became strong enough and her injured leg could be operated on satisfactorily, she would come to Woodfield Dog Rescue and live out her remaining days with us. We felt that she wouldn’t adapt well to being homed and that our small and friendly shelter would be a perfect sanctuary for her twilight years.
Nat decided to allocate her portion of the Total Warrior sponsorship monies to Mildred’s leg surgery and preparation costs.
Madalina worked so hard gaining Mildred’s trust and before long she was accepting affection without cowering away in fear.
She was gaining weight and her X-rays were planned to assess her leg.
Then her cough came back. And didn’t go away.
Madalina and Dennis were really worried. Their experience and their gut instinct told them that this wasn’t a normal cough. They feared it was cardiac related.
And they were right.
There was worse news to come.
Mildred was taken to the private clinic in town to have X-rays of her full body. Not only was her historic leg break too severe to fix, requiring amputation - something that a dog of advanced years would have really struggled to adapt to; our worst fears were confirmed and then some.
She had a heart murmur. Not too bad in itself but coupled with her age, would have made her chances of surviving an operation very slim.
She had dilofilaria (adult heart-worm). A disease that is essentially untreatable. Treatment for this is only found in two places in Romania. Can only be performed by a neurosurgeon. And would have killed her anyway. When adult heart-worm are treated and die in the heart, it causes heart failure. Immediate cardiac arrest. The dead worms have to be removed via laparoscopic heart surgery with a delicate tool, and chances of surviving this are small. And it’s very uncommon around Boldesti as it’s transmitted by mosquitos living near lakes. Suggesting Mildred wasn’t local and had travelled (or been dumped) a long way from home.
She had anaplasmosa, a disease transmitted by ticks. She was covered in them.
Her lungs were compomised. Possibly from untreated pneumonia.
She also had a couple of other minor ailments that on their own wouldn’t have been too bad but all combined....
The only option was to let her cross the rainbow bridge.
We were heartbroken, Nat especially.
On Saturday 15th June 2019, Mildred passed peacefully in the arms of Madalina who had cared for her and loved her.
We vowed then that this must stop.
This is Nat’s campaign to honour Mildred. Her legacy will save thousands of dogs having to go through what she did.
Mildred’s Mission is a spay campaign. Spay and neuter is the only way to prevent more dogs like Mildred suffering a life of hardship, of pain and deprivation. Facing abuse, starvation, illness or being killed on the roads. Risking being taken from the streets by the dog catchers and thrown in a kill shelter to be disposed of as a number. As a nothing. To be rescued, for it to end like it did for Mildred.
This has to stop.
Be a part of the change.
Let Mildred live on through all of us.
Mildred’s Mission - changing the world one spay at a time.
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