When our Animal Welfare Officers were alerted to terrified Rudy running free around a London park, it was one of the hottest weeks of the year.
Four members of the public had phoned Mayhew to alert us that they had spotted a stray dog roaming the park and that no one could go near him as he was so scared.
Our Animal Welfare Officers advised that members of the public leave out bowls of water for him to help keep him hydrated. For six whole days, no one was able to get close to the frightened five-year-old Sighthound mixed-breed, and it was only when he became so extremely exhausted and weak from the hot weather that a local dog warden was able to go near enough and eventually, bring him into Mayhew.
The dog, named Rudy by our staff, was immediately seen by our Vet Team and given a thorough check up. As he’d been running loose for six days, poor Rudy had sore feet with big painful tangled clumps of fur between his pads and was extremely thin and weak. The skin all over his body was in terrible condition and his fur was knotted.
Our Vet Team prescribed him medicated baths and antibiotics for his infected skin, as well as parasite treatment.
After a week of treatment, his skin looked much better and we were able to vaccinate and neuter him. He also had a haircut and now looks very handsome.
After receiving medical attention from our vets and lots of care, love and attention from our Kennels Team, Rudy, who enjoys a good belly rub, started to recover and began to show his sweet-natured and affectionate character.
As soon as he was fully recovered and neutered, Rudy was put up for adoption and found a new home straight away.
At Mayhew we help hundreds of animals in need every year. It is only because of the donations we receive from our supporters that we are able to help animals like Rudy. Please could you help us to help even more by making a donation today?
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Your £5 could provide a healthy, nutritious meal for one of our residents
Your £10 could provide a cosy fleece blanket for one of our animals
Your £25 could help our animals receive vital veterinary treatment
Your £50 could help keep our animal ambulance running for 3 days
Zoe Edwards, Head of Animal Welfare