In early March, we received a call at around 8:30pm from a resident in the area to tell us that a dog was tied up outside our Gloucester Clinic premises. It was a cold night and the caller did not know how long the dog had been left there.
A young lurcher/saluki type dog, was found tethered to some railing, shivering and very afraid. A team member who lived nearby had already arrived to the scene and draped a blanket over the cold and scared dog and stayed nearby until a vehicle arrived to collect the dog.
Ark, as he was named, was given a gentle check over to ensure he had no obvious injuries. He was taken back to the centre where the on-site team had set up a warm bed and a tasty dinner. The following day, Ark was still very scared, particularly when people were present. He was taken to the vets for a more thorough medical check and was found to be in good health.
Over the coming days, Ark’s inability to trust people did not improve, although we did find that if he was walked with another dog, he perked up a little, providing the dog was gentle and calm. Following the impending lockdown, one of our team offered to foster Ark to see if he would fair any better in a home environment. Our rehoming coordinator, Joe, spent lots of time with Ark, building a relationship with him and then took him home when he was furloughed to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Since being in a home, Ark has thrived. He took just a few days to find his favourite spots in the home and fell head over heels in love with Joe’s partner, Claire. He has enjoyed country side walks, playing with his new toys and curling up in a comfy bed. His playful nature has really come out and Joe and Claire decided they would very much like to make Ark a permanent addition to their family.
We will probably never know exactly what Ark went through prior to his rescue. His obvious mistrust of humans raises the question as to whether he had ever experienced being with a loving family. All we can be sure of is that we are very happy to be able to give him a brand-new start and would like to wish Ark, Joe and Claire and very happy future together.
Due to COVID-19, the centre is down by around £30,000 per month. With our shops closed and fundraising events cancelled the centre is relying on the support of the community. We need your help now more than ever to continue to support vulnerable animals like Ark and ensure they go on to live the life they deserve. We couldn't make this possible without the donations we receive. If you could donate to our emergency appeal we would really appreciate it. Big or small, it will all go towards the care of the animals. You can donate directly to the appeal here Thank you!