When we took in Alfie, a Greyhound-Labrador cross, he had already had 4 homes - and he was just 20 weeks old! He had been passed from home to home after each owner had discovered he had a serious health condition and failed to help him - just passing him onto the next unsuspecting person .
When he finally came to Happy Endings in 2010 he was extremely poorly and a bag of bones, but with a huge distended tummy. Knowing that something was obviously seriously wrong, we took Alfie to see our vet and he was diagnosed with a liver shunt and the early stages of liver failure due to lack of treatment.
Following veterinary advice that Alfie's condition could be treated with surgery, Happy Endings Rescue appealed for help in the national media to pay for an operation to save Alfie's life.
We were inundated with emails, letters and donations from people moved by Alfie's plight and wanting to help, and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who has made a donation towards Alfie’s appeal for help.
Alfie has had several consultations with a veterinary surgeon specialising in liver conditions, funded by the kind people who donated. In February 2011 despite receiving the best possible treatment, it was decided that Alfie's poor condition meant that he was not fit enough to have the operation. Their prognosis gave him just weeks to live and euthansia was even proposed, but as he was not suffering we brought Alfie home to enjoy the rest of his life at the Sanctuary surrounded by his doggie and human friends who loved him dearly.
However Alfie defeated all odds and showed to everyone what a fighter he is. He still has not had the operation, but he has gone from strength to strength on his prescription diet and on a concoction of medication to help manage his condition.
Alfie is doing very well on this new diet and medication and is leading a virtually normal life. He is currently in a foster home with someone who adores him, and he her!
All of your generous donations, which we continue to gratefully receive, go towards maintaining his regime of care.
Once again thank you to everyone for your kind donations, which continue to help enable us to provide the care that Alfie needs.
With love from Alfie and everyone at Happy Endings Rescue.