Tragedy struck twice for unlucky Staffie, Tiger, but fortunately, Mayhew’s Pet Refuge programme made sure he got the care he needed until he could be reunited with his owner.

I was so relieved to hear that he ended up at Mayhew and got taken care of. I can’t thank them enough for looking after him.

The eight-year-old Brindle Staffie was left in the care of a friend when his loving owner Vanessa was taken to hospital with a flare-up of her long-term illness. On the same day Vanessa started her treatment, her friend suffered a severe stroke and was immediately rushed into a different hospital.

Vanessa’s friend was sadly left seriously unwell and unable to communicate, meaning she couldn’t alert anyone about Tiger – who was now left all alone. Tiger was trapped on his own for four days before the alarm was raised. By this time, Vanessa had become concerned that she hadn’t heard from her friend, so she asked her social worker to go round the house and check everything was ok.

The social worker found poor Tiger alone and in obvious distress, she contacted Mayhew and soon enough Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers arrived to rescue him. Upon arrival, Tiger was found starving and severely dehydrated. The stress and confusion had also led him to chew the furniture and search extensively through the kitchen cupboards, in an effort to find something to eat and drink.

Tiger was taken straight into Mayhew for a full health check. The Kennels team immediately arranged for him to have food, water, regular walks and a warm place to relax and recover. Vanessa was then contacted through her social worker that Tiger was safe and was being well looked after.

Vanessa was shocked and upset to hear that Tiger had been through such a stressful experience, and was incredibly concerned about his welfare and whereabouts of her friend. However, she was reassured that Tiger could be taken care of through Mayhew’s Pet Refuge programme, until she was well enough to go home. Pet Refuge is there to provide shelter and care for the pet of a person in crisis, and is a lifeline for owners in desperate situations.

When Vanessa was fully recovered from her treatment and had been discharged from hospital, Mayhew reunited her with Tiger and helped them settle back in to their home together.

Vanessa said, “I’ve got a long term illness, and it just keeps coming back. I cry every night when I have to go to hospital because I miss Tiger.”

“I always arrange for someone to care for him whenever I’m gone, so finding out he was left alone this time broke my heart. I was so relieved to hear that he ended up at Mayhew and got taken care of. I can’t thank them enough for looking after him.”

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers are now staying in touch with Vanessa, and will be able to offer Tiger further support through Pet Refuge whenever it is needed. Visit their website to find out more about the programme.


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