Karma’s fortune turned around
A pregnant dog who was hours away from giving birth without a roof over her head found herself in our member Blue Cross’ care in the nick of time.
Karma’s devastated owner, who had suddenly found herself unable to keep her, was in a race against the clock to find her much-loved pet a safe place to have her puppies.
The 18-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier arrived at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, central London, for the urgent vet care she needed and gave birth to a healthy litter of eight within five hours. Wanting the very best for her beloved dog, Karma’s
heartbroken owner asked Blue Cross to care for the mum and puppies and find them all loving homes once they were ready.
The family was soon transferred to the charity’s Bromsgrove rehoming centre near Birmingham, where Animal Welfare Assistant, Caroline, stepped in as foster carer to Karma and her young family.
Caroline provided round-the- clock care to Karma and her pups, to ensure the new mum had all the support she needed and a crucial home environment for the youngsters to grow up in.
The puppies – Spirit, Buddha, Asher, Kaleb, Joy, Lotus, Faith and Serenity – went from strength to strength, and Karma took well to motherhood.
Despite the upheaval she had endured, Karma very quickly learnt to trust Caroline. Caroline says: “Karma really trusted me with her babies. We became a real team together, it was lovely.”
“She is so young herself but the most amazing, caring and loving mum. She’s done such a good job. When there are new people around, she’s always checking her puppies are all okay.”
The puppies – four girls and four boys – quickly went from forming “puppy piles” to keep warm, to walking and exploring the world around them, with Caroline and the team always on hand to show them the sights and sounds needed for them to grow into happy, confident dogs.
Once the puppies were eight weeks old, they went to wonderful new homes. And after some TLC from Caroline in the month that followed, Karma too found herself a fresh start.
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Heavily pregnant cats rescued
This winter, a resident who lives close to Together for Animals member Mayhew, was putting out her rubbish when she discovered two heavily pregnant cats in a cardboard box beside the bins.
It was freezing cold, but thankfully the resident took in both cats and gave them a warm home to have their babies.
On Christmas Eve, one of the cats gave birth to three kittens, and this was quickly followed by more new arrivals, when the second cat gave birth to four kittens on Christmas Day.
The resident then called Mayhew, who quickly sent their Animal Welfare Officers to collect all nine cats!
They all needed names quickly, and it was decided to name them after well-known pizzas. The mums were Romana and Florentine and their kittens, Oregano, Meatball, Pepperoni, Calzone, Napoletana, Pineapple, and Margarita!
The team tried to make them as comfortable as possible, settling them in cosy cabins and giving them lots of love and care, but the new mums were stressed in the cattery and were understandably defensive of their young family.
Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator soon realised they’d be happier and more settled living with one of the charity’s wonderful foster carers.
Foster carer Nicola from North Kensington, who has been volunteering with the charity since August 2021, was initially a little overwhelmed by the idea of two mums and so many kittens: “I was a little nervous about taking so many cats in one go… the most I’ve ever taken is five. But I need not have worried: any concerns I had about taking them in melted away as soon as they arrived, and within an hour of being here, Florentine and Romana were out of hiding and settling down and the kittens were immediately full of curiosity and exploring everywhere.”
This feline gang soon had their paws under the table, as Nicola explains: “The play den is in my kitchen and they have so many toys, courtesy of some very kind people locally. Seeing the two mums work together is an absolute joy, they co-parent and are so close – they even sleep together. In fact, after they have put the kittens to bed at night, they both come out and watch TV with me!”
We’re delighted that all the kittens have now found new homes, and we hope mums Florentine and Romana will soon find a new home together.
Your donations help rescue and rehome animals like these. Thank you for your continued support.
Emergency help for newborn foal
Sara the mule was just two days old when she was rushed to Together for Animals member SPANA’s centre in Chemaia, Morocco.
Her birth had been trouble-free and her owner, Hassan, had been delighted to see her healthy and well. But little Sara’s health quickly deteriorated. Soon, she was in intense pain and was too weak to stand.
Hassan feared that, without urgent treatment, Sara would not survive. He therefore borrowed a van to drive more than 30 miles to the SPANA centre in Chemaia, so that Sara could receive the emergency veterinary care she so desperately needed.
When she arrived at the centre, Sara was raced through to be seen by the vets. They examined her thoroughly and diagnosed the little foal as suffering from colic, caused by meconium retention. Meconium is a newborn’s first dung and is usually passed naturally within the first few hours of their life. If this doesn’t happen, it usually becomes impacted, which can lead to complications, such as colic.
The vets administered laxatives and anti-inflammatories, which thankfully solved the problem. The vets then bottle-fed Sara a special mixture of semi-skimmed milk and honey until her mother was able to join her at the centre. Sara continued to receive essential care and was able to return home, fully recovered, a week later.
Hassan was incredibly grateful for Sara’s recovery and the work of the our member SPANA’s vets. He said: ‘Without SPANA, Sara would have died. Thank you.’
Colic can be a serious and life-threatening condition for working animals. SPANA’s vets treat thousands of working animals suffering from colic every year. Although some cases, like Sara’s, are due to natural causes, many others occur because a working animal has eaten inappropriate food – or even waste, such as plastic.
Thanks to your kindness and generosity, we can help provide working animals with the vital treatment they need. We appreciate your help and support.