A tiny three-month-old puppy who was no longer wanted by her previous owners has found her forever home.
Hope, a mixed breed, was scared and in a sorry state when she was handed into London-based animal welfare charity, Mayhew. Staff believe she may have been another victim of impulse puppy purchasing, where ill-prepared owners purchase pets without understanding the responsibility.
Mayhew’s Dog Adoption Officer, Lisa Guiney, said, “Poor Hope looked very scared when she first arrived at Mayhew. She was quickly seen by our experienced Vet team at our on-site Community Vet Clinic.
“Lack of research before getting a pet means many owners have an incomplete understanding of what a pet needs for a healthy, happy life. They should be aware of the five animal welfare needs that must be met, which include the need for a suitable diet and environment and to be protected from pain, injury, disease and suffering.
“We urge people to think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog from a reputable shelter, as they are full of gorgeous canines waiting for loving homes.”
Mayhew’s Vet, Dr Emily Richardson, added, “When Hope first arrived she was very pot-bellied and had diarrhoea, which indicated she may have had worms.
“It is very common for puppies to be born with worms, particularly if the mother has not been treated for parasites. Hope received worming treatment plus other supportive treatment for the diarrhoea. She was soon back to her bouncy and sweet self in no time.”
As soon as Hope was fully vaccinated and neutered, she was ready for adoption and quickly found a new forever home. She has since been renamed Sadie and is enjoying life with her new family.
Sadie’s new owner, Paul, said, “Sadie has settled in amazingly well. Everything is up for chewing and she has a great appetite and curiosity about everything including food.
“Overall she is adorable, a great comfort and an asset to West Hampstead.”