Wanda the dog would have died alone, scared, and in pain, but luckily, she was found just in time after being thrown over a random fence and left to die. The young dog had recently given birth to puppies, but she was in such poor shape that Shelley Ridgan, with Ravenswood Pet Rescue in Britain, said it was one of the worst cases of neglect she had ever seen.
“The worst case I have ever collected, thrown over a lady’s fence late last night,” Shelley wrote on Ravenswood Pet Rescue‘s Facebook page. “I cried all the way to the vets.”
Wanda was an absolute wreck. She had sarcoptic mange, ulcers in her eyes, Entropia in both eyes, hematomas in both ears.
Knowing that her vet care would be expensive, but absolutely necessary if she was going to survive, Shelley set up a Go Fund Me to help raise funds for Wanda.
Shelley was hoping to get £3,000, but in the first week, dog lovers helped raise more than £8,000 for Wanda’s recovery!
Her journey back to health would be a long one.
Wanda initially spent three days at the vet’s on an IV drip, but even in those first few days she revealed a spark of hope.
“Wanda this morning, as you can see she is already feeling better, her little tail is wagging and for possibly the first time in her short life she is feeling loved,” they wrote.
That was followed by four weeks in isolation on medication for mange. After that, she needed medication twice a day for her skin, eyes, and ears.
“We thought that she wasn’t going to make it,” Shelley said.
But after three months of intensive care, Wanda slowly but surely began to get better.
She went to stay with a wonderful foster family, who made sure to tend to her mange with delicate care.
The also made sure to give her lots of love and attention.
Wanda’s cheeky personality began to emerge and her foster family fell completely in love with her.
They introduced her to their other dogs once she was out of the woods with her mange, not sure how she would be received. But they need not have worried.
“I’m sure it won’t come as too much of a surprise that Wanda’s foster family cannot bare to part with her,” wrote Ravenswood Pet Rescue. “Until Wanda was given the all clear on her Mange, we weren’t sure how she would be with other doggies, as you can see she has fitted in perfectly.”
“This girl with never want for anything again, and we are so pleased she will have no more upheaval,” wrote the grateful rescue. “We want to Thank every single person who has helped us get to this point. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
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