Written by on 20th April 2021

Dottie is a 3-year-old Staffie cross who arrived at Hope Rescue a few of weeks ago as a stray. Sadly, Dottie arrived with a super rare and life-threatening health condition which is no doubt the reason she ended up as a stray. Dottie does not have an anus which has caused a rectovaginal fistula. The vet thinks that when she was trying to toilet as a puppy, faeces has had to find another way out which caused the fistula and the gas or stool now passes through her vagina. Dottie is also incontinent and at risk of regular urine infections. She is suffering with pain and discomfort every time she toilets and her welfare is significantly compromised.

After examination and investigation with the vets, there were two options – euthanasia or expensive but life-saving surgery. It was an easy decision for the charity, despite the impact of Covid19 on their income sources. Vanessa Waddon founder of Hope Rescue said:

‘One of our core values is that we commit to every single stray from the six Local Authorities that we support, whatever breed, age or medical condition. That commitment is unwavering, so we are of course going to proceed with the surgery at Highcroft, a specialist vets in Bristol, on 21st April. This cutting-edge surgery will change Dottie’s life. It isn’t a common procedure and will cost just under £5,000. Of course, we didn’t hesitate to say “yes” to the surgery, Dottie is a beautiful, vibrant and playful dog. Her condition is extremely uncomfortable for her but we can already see how this operation will transform her life. It’s absolutely the right decision”.

The charity are calling for support to help and become part of Dottie’s life-saving team. Her owner may have abandoned her, but ending up in the pound was the best thing that could have happened to Dottie as she now has Hope Rescue and our army of supporters behind her. You can join #TeamDottie here www.hoperescue.org.uk/Appeal/team-dottie or phone 01443 226659 or by Text TEAMDOTTIE to 70085 to donate £5*

*Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text TEAMDOTTIENOINFO to 70085*

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