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Together for Animals

No animal should suffer from injury, disease, abuse or neglect. With your help, we can end the suffering of pets and working animals. Together for Animals raises much needed funds for its member charities. Animals contribute so much to our mental and physical wellbeing - by working together we are ensuring that they can enjoy happier, healthier lives. Every donation helps 4 charities save cats, dogs, horses and donkeys.

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Latest News

All they want for Christmas….

All they want for Christmas….

Can you give a gift to an animal in need this Christmas?

This Christmas you could give an incredibly special gift to a cat, dog, donkey, or horse being cared for by our members, and really make a difference.

This Christmas our members will deal with cases of vulnerable animals suffering neglect, abuse, and abandonment every day.

£3 can make a huge difference to an animal being cared for this Christmas. It could provide them with warm bedding or food while they are receiving the help they desperately need because sadly, not all animals will spend this Christmas healthy, living in a warm loving home.

Thomas was at death’s door when he arrived at Together for Animals member Blue Cross’ Victoria animal hospital after being found in a back garden struggling to keep up with his mother and sibling.

At 8 weeks old, he was riddled with fleas and worms and had a nasty stomach infection which left him dehydrated and weak. He had just days, perhaps hours, to live.

Thankfully with the round-the-clock loving care of the team, he proved to be a little fighter and slowly started to build strength and gain an appetite.

After 60 days in Blue Cross’ care, Thomas left for his new life – and he loved his first Christmas in his new forever home!

Thank you for helping animals like Thomas while they wait to find their new home this holiday season.

One treatment saves two lives in Mali

One treatment saves two lives in Mali

Hardworking donkeys Touru and Gao work tirelessly for their young owner, 14-year-old Modibo. Every day, they transport heavy bags of building sand from the banks of the Niger river in Segou, Mali, into the heart of the city.

Not only do the donkeys help to earn a small income to support Modibo’s parents and siblings, but they also carry water and work the land on the family’s farm.

The donkeys are well cared for by Modibo and are usually healthy. But late one afternoon, when Modibo and his donkeys were on their way home after a gruelling day’s work, a reversing truck clipped Touru, injuring his right hind leg. After the accident, Touru found it difficult to walk more than a few steps at a time and was clearly in significant discomfort when standing.

After the young owner gave Touru a few days to recover from his ordeal, Modibo was upset to find that his beloved donkey’s limp only seemed to be getting worse. Modibo was devastated, he knew that if Touru’s condition worsened further, he wouldn’t be able to work – and without the income generated by his donkey, Modibo could no longer afford to keep him. To make things worse, the full burden of work would also be passed onto poor Gao.

Thankfully, the concerned owner had heard about our member SPANA, and sought out their vets’ help. With the aid of his faithful donkey Gao, Modibo used his cart to take the injured Touru to the Segou mobile clinic to receive the emergency treatment he urgently needed.

At the clinic, Modibo stroked the donkey’s head to soothe him while SPANA vets inspected Touro’s leg. The owner watched very carefully and asked the vets questions. The vets began by thoroughly cleaning the cuts and applied antibiotic ointment. The cooling sensation offered Touru immediate relief and would encourage faster healing. Then, the team vaccinated the donkey against tetanus and administered anti-inflammatories to ease his pain and protect him from infection.

They prescribed a course of painkillers and gave Modibo instructions on how to regularly clean Touru’s wounds. Touru was brought back the following week for a check-up and, thanks to the hard work of the vets, he made a full recovery. Modibo was extremely grateful for the treatment Touru received from SPANA. Modibo said: “The vets help us treat our animals. I’m very glad SPANA is here in Segou.“

Without SPANA’s mobile clinics here, life would be unbearable for hundreds of Segou’s working animals like Touru and Gao. Your support means these mobile clinics can reach even more animals in need of vital medication, care and compassion. Thank you.

Heidi - From puppy farm to village superstar

Heidi - From puppy farm to village superstar

Passed from pillar to post as a tiny pup, poor Heidi’s early life was filled with uncertainty until a loving family gave her the fresh start she deserved…

At less than eight weeks old, Heidi had been through more than any dog ever should. The cocker spaniel had already known three homes before she was even old enough to be taken away from her mum.

She arrived at our member Blue Cross’ Suffolk rehoming centre after being given up by her first owner, who had been told by the seller on collecting Heidi a fortnight earlier that she was two months old.

But a vet check confirmed that she had been sold at six weeks, at the most, and there were glaring inconsistences with her paperwork. Susie Winship, Animal Welfare Assistant, said: “Everything pointed towards Heidi coming from a puppy farm. These are run by unscrupulous breeders, often with awful conditions.

“Not only that, but Heidi should have been at least eight weeks old when she was taken away from her mum.

“She had more bad luck when her first owner injured their leg immediately after taking her home. It meant that Heidi hadn’t left the house, so she had missed out lots of vital socialisation.”

The sweet girl was placed in foster care to keep her used to the sights and sounds of a home and expose her to the experiences she had so far missed out on.

Meanwhile, Tony and Marie Boullemier, from Northamptonshire, were looking for another dog after losing their beloved spaniel, Lucie, two years earlier.

Tony said: “Lucie was nearly 18 years when we lost her, and she was the light of our lives.

“I would just find myself walking around the village for exercise on my own and it wasn’t the same without her. People used to tell me I didn’t look right walking around without a spaniel, because I’d been doing that for so long.”

Tony said: “The moment I saw Heidi’s photograph, I said: ‘She’s the one!’ Because she looked so lively, cheeky and funny. And she was exactly the right colours, which are black and white – the same as Newcastle United Football Club!”

Marie commented: “It was beautiful when she arrived home. She’s got a lovely nature and loves everyone. She’s a very affectionate little dog.”

Heidi has given the couple the motivation they needed to explore the great outdoors, and for Marie, this has helped her recover from treatment for breast cancer.

She said: “The chemo is behind me now and walking Heidi has helped me get fit and back playing tennis twice a week. A lot of people slow down when they get to 73 but walking Heidi keeps me active.

“Every day I meet four more people when I’m out with Heidi. I talk to everyone. I’ve probably made a hundred friends from having her.”

“She really helped during lockdown, as it gave me the perfect excuse for walking around for an hour or two a day,” Tony continued.

“We met so many people in the village that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise and discovered paths in the country we never knew existed.”

Heidi has also been a huge hit with Tony and Marie’s grandchildren, Jack, Freya and Lara, and her exploits are even detailed in her very own column entitled The Observations of a Spaniel in the village magazine.

Tony added: “I wouldn’t be without her, neither of us would be.”

And Heidi surely knows she couldn’t have landed on her paws in a better place, too.

Funds raised by Together for Animals help animals like Heidi find new, loving homes. Thank you for your support.