Happy Endings…..……….

Mollie has her own Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MollieSBT/?ref=br_rs

Mollie was born in March 2016 and it became apparent as she grew that she had problems.  Her skull didn’t develop symmetrically and she had continual oral infections, resulting in her losing teeth.  On top of this she also lost the sight in one eye.  Her owner, Cassie, refused to give up on Mollie and fundraised to get her an MRI scan to diagnose Mollie’s problems more accurately.  The Gallimore Trust was happy to help with some funding towards the MRI.  Mollie’s condition was pinpointed as congenital (happening at birth) resulting in atrophy of the trigeminal nerve.  Mollie’s prognosis is good, her condition is not progressive and is manageable.  Cassie and Mollie are enjoying life together.

Jazzy was highlighted to us by a veterinary nurse.  Jazzy had been diagnosed with Cushings Disease and started on regular medication.  Unfortunately Jazzy’s owner was herself in ill health and unable to work which in turn meant she was struggling to afford the expensive medication needed to control Jazzy’s condition.  The Gallimore Trust offered to cover the cost of the meds for a few months.  Unfortunately after two months Jazzy’s condition deteriorated and it was decided to put her to sleep to prevent any further suffering.  

When Charlie was born his inexperienced breeders didn’t take precautions to keep him safe and allowed his sire free access to the dam and pups, resulting in Charlie being severely injured when his dam attacked his sire.  The damage was to Charlie’s spine which was growing in such a way he was likely to be paralysed if surgery wasn’t performed. HARC (Hope Animal Rescue Centre) took on the challenge and began fundraising.  The Gallimore Trust made a contribution towards the MRI scan for Charlie, who was treated at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey.  Following major surgery Charlie was fitted with a set of wheels to enable him to support his rear end until his rehabilitation is complete.  While being treated at Fitzpatricks one of the vet nurses fell in love with him and adopted him!

Gertie (left) and Bubbles (right) were both with the Senior Staffy Club Rescue.  Both old ladies needed to have surgery for mammary tumours before going off to their new homes.  The Gallimore Trust offered some funding and the operations were performed.  Unfortunately for Gertie the vet found that she had further inoperable tumours; she stayed with her foster carers until she passed away a few weeks later.  Bubbles recovered well from her surgery and is now living happily in her new home.

Harley and his owner Scott are absolute soul mates, sharing everything in life together.  When Harley developed a large tumour in his chest wall the prognosis was quite bleak.  The Gallimore Trust helped towards funding Harley’s x-rays and subsequent operation to remove the tumour.  Despite a very tricky operation Harley is now fully recovered with a clean bill of health and he and Scott are enjoying life together again

Kim was left alone in his home after his owner was taken in to hospital.  Crowfoot Kennels Dog Rescue in the Derby area took care of him and it became evident he would not be able to go back to his previous owner. With a lot of TLC he is now gaining weight and doing well at the kennels and is available for rehoming.  Gallimore were happy to be able to contribute to Kim’s vet bill

When Gallimore made a donation recently to Rain Rescue in Rotherham it went towards veterinary bills for Staffords in their care such as Rocky, a lovely, older dog, with achy joints, currently in foster care

The Trustees were made aware of the plight of Noddy and Waldo, two male SBTs needing help in the North of Scotland.  Their saviour was Louise from Halfpenny Farm Animal Sanctuary who took them in and got them some much needed veterinary treatment.  Gallimore was happy to be able to make a donation towards their expenses and to thank Louise who has offered them a home for life at her sanctuary.  The photos show the poor skin condition of both dogs when they first arrived and how much improvement they have now

BELLA


This is Bella’s Story, as written by her owner, Mark:


Bella's story began when we took her in as an 8-month-old rescue pup in late 2016. We thought it best to get insurance cover for her, as well as arranging an appointment in November for her to be spayed. When we came to collect her from the vets after her spaying, we were told to take extra care as “she seemed a bit lame on her rear legs”.  After a few days she seemed back to normal but then, in December, 2016 she landed awkwardly after trying to jump over our neighbour's fence and seemed to have hurt her rear right leg, as she was not using it at all! We took her back to our vets who told us that she had a torn ligament and a luxating patella and that she would need an operation.


We contacted our insurance company for a pre-authorisation, but were told that they would not pay for the operation as, according to them it was a pre-existing condition, as noted by the vets and three days before our insurance cover period started. - We were shocked! I am a retired civil servant and a registered-disabled wheelchair-user on benefits, my wife Debbie is my full-time carer and there was no way of us being able to pay for the operation!


After much thought I searched online for any UK animal charities, in the hope that they would be able to assist me with some of the bill. To our utter surprise Maureen of Epsom RSPCA told us that they and the Dog's Trust would pay! We were so thankful and went ahead with the operation in January 2017 and, after a long recuperation she was back to using her right rear leg properly. It wasn't until September of 2017 that Bella then began to go lame on her rear LEFT leg and we were worried that she might have damaged both patella's in her accident but, after she was seen by our vet we were told that she would need an operation on her other rear leg (he also told us that Bella's luxating patella's could have been an inherited condition from birth, rather than due to her accident).  Again, we asked our insurers for a pre-authorisation only to be told that this too would be deemed as a pre-existing condition and that she would not be covered! - We thought “Oh no! Not again!”


Although we were both shocked and disappointed with the rejection and, with no way to pay for the operation ourselves, my wife asked me to look again online for any local charities that would be willing to help us in some way toward the huge costs we were due to face.  After some days of phone calls and more online searching, where several charities told us that they were unfortunately unable to help, I found the Gallimore Trust website, as well as Stafford Welfare (South East Rescue). After the telling of my now dire situation to both Audrey Hubery and Lesley McFadyen, to our surprise (and massive relief!) the two charities agreed that Bella really did need this operation, to ensure her good quality of life (being such a young dog), and that between them the two charities would fully cover the costs!


As suggested, we went ahead and had the procedure on Bella in December 2017, which was a complete success, and though Bella is now convalescing at home with just short lead walks and, many thanks to the generous donations from Stafford Welfare (South East Rescue) and the Gallimore Trust, she is now on course to a full recovery!