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Wanda's Wish for Pain Free Walkies

Wanda's Wish for Pain Free Walkies

Why we need your help

Gables Dogs & Cats Home have recently taken in a heavily pregnant dog from a puppy farm, who had been used solely for breeding to make money. This poor girl, who the charity have named Wanda, had been living in a totally unsuitable location; exposed to the elements, knee deep in mud and freezing cold during the winter.
When she arrived at Gables she was taken straight to Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard’s home, where she could relax and begin bonding with Ruth in preparation for her imminent labour. She was given a large, comfortable whelping box and the best nutrition to help her and her puppies. Wanda gave birth to five healthy puppies, who chose a very special day to arrive - Valentine’s Day! She proved to be a very good mother and helped her puppies to grow big and strong. Now that Wanda’s endless cycle of pregnancies is over it is time to focus on her.
Wanda is only a young dog, estimated to be around 3-4 years old, but she is already starting to show the stresses and strains associated with intensive overbreeding. Wanda seemed very unsteady on her feet and her leg would collapse under her when out for walks or playing with her puppies. She was taken to Gables’ vet for X-rays, where several medical issues were sadly discovered. She is now facing several operations to enable her to go on and live as close to a pain free life as possible. She will also need to maintain her weight and build her strength up slowly, so she can become more active as time goes on.
Poor Wanda has hip dysplasia in both of her hips and a luxating patella in her right knee. With such painful hips and a knee joint that pops out regularly, Wanda finds it difficult to run and play as a dog her age should be able to. As well as the surgeries needed to help her joints, Wanda will need to be spayed to ensure she never has to endure another pregnancy. The charity will provide Wanda with the very best after care, along with vaccinations and regular flea & worm treatment. 
Ruth Rickard said: “Wanda is a very sweet, clever girl who has a cheeky side which never fails to make us all smile. I have loved having her in my home and I know that everyone loves puppies, but I have to admit that it’s the poor mums and the older animals that I have a soft spot for. As Wanda’s puppies have now all found their forever homes, it is time for her to get the treatment she requires so she is fit and well enough to find the loving home that she deserves. We will give her the best aftercare and she will stay with me in my home to ensure I can give her the extra care and attention she needs until she finds her perfect forever home. We are confident that this treatment will greatly improve her quality of life so she can go on to have a happy and healthy future with her forever family.” 
It is estimated it will cost Gables at least £1,200 for the surgeries that Wanda will need. If Gables is lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in their care.  
Gables Dogs & Cats Home does not receive any government funding and has felt the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic, but they are determined to help Wanda. If you can help to ease Gables financial burden by making a contribution to ‘Wanda’s Wish Vet Appeal’, please call 01752 331602 or visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/wandaswish to donate online. 

We have recently taken in a heavily pregnant dog from a puppy farm, who had been used solely for breeding to make money. This poor girl, who we have named Wanda, had been living in a totally unsuitable location; exposed to the elements, knee deep in mud and freezing cold during the winter.

Wanda looking at the camera

When she arrived she was taken straight to our Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard’s home, where she could relax and begin bonding with Ruth in preparation for her imminent labour. She was given a large, comfortable whelping box and the best nutrition to help her and her puppies. Wanda gave birth to five healthy puppies, who chose a very special day to arrive - Valentine’s Day! She proved to be a very good mother and helped her puppies to grow big and strong. Now that Wanda’s endless cycle of pregnancies is over it is time to focus on her.

Happy Wanda

Wanda is only a young dog, estimated to be around 3-4 years old, but she is already starting to show the stresses and strains associated with intensive overbreeding. Wanda seemed very unsteady on her feet and her leg would collapse under her when out for walks or playing with her puppies. She was taken to our vet for X-rays, where several medical issues were sadly discovered. She is now facing several operations to enable her to go on and live as close to a pain free life as possible. She will also need to maintain her weight and build her strength up slowly, so she can become more active as time goes on.


Poor Wanda has hip dysplasia in both of her hips and a luxating patella in her right knee. With such painful hips and a knee joint that pops out regularly, Wanda finds it difficult to run and play as a dog her age should be able to. As well as the surgeries needed to help her joints, Wanda will need to be spayed to ensure she never has to endure another pregnancy. We will provide Wanda with the very best after care, along with vaccinations and regular flea & worm treatment. 

Wanda with her tongue out

Ruth says: “Wanda is a very sweet, clever girl who has a cheeky side which never fails to make us all smile. I have loved having her in my home and I know that everyone loves puppies, but I have to admit that it’s the poor mums and the older animals that I have a soft spot for. As Wanda’s puppies have now all found their forever homes, it is time for her to get the treatment she requires so she is fit and well enough to find the loving home that she deserves. We will give her the best aftercare and she will stay with me in my home to ensure I can give her the extra care and attention she needs until she finds her perfect forever home. We are confident that this treatment will greatly improve her quality of life so she can go on to have a happy and healthy future with her forever family.” 


It is estimated it will cost us at least £1,200 for the surgeries that Wanda will need. If we are lucky enough to raise more money than is needed it will go towards helping the other animals in our care.

Thank you. 

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Jun 28, 2021

Sylvia

From Sylvia in lieu of my birthday present. Wishing Wanda a happy future xx

60.00
(plus 15.00 giftaid)

Jun 27, 2021

Sylvia

From Sylvia in lieu of my birthday present. Wishing Wanda a happy future

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Jun 01, 2021

Sheila

10.00

Jun 01, 2021

Steve and Lisa

Wanda, good luck and have a happy and healthy future. Enjoy those pain free walkies. Well done to all those at Gables looking after all the cats and dogs.

10.00

May 30, 2021

William Stone

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May 26, 2021

Anonymous

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May 25, 2021

Anonymous

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May 25, 2021

Jan and Gus

25.00
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May 22, 2021

Christine Brown

Fantastic that she will get the help she so badly needs.

10.00
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May 22, 2021

Wendy Evans

Wanda?s story is very upsetting & it?s heartwarming to know she is now in the best hands. Good luck for her full recovery & a wonderful life ahead that she deserves xx

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