Introducing Barker

By Kaytie Grant

A Stray Dog Was Found

A few weeks ago we were messaged by a supporter who needed our help with a stray dog who had a very tight chain in his neck. Of course, we immediately dispatched our team to rescue the dog and bring him back to our centre! We have since named him Barker and we are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

When we arrived at the site, the supporter had already managed to catch Barker and put him in a cage so we could examine him. Even though he was clearly in pain, he stayed docile and relaxed when our team tried to help him. This just shows how kind-hearted and loving dogs can be when they are given the chance.

We took him back with us

At the centre, our vet Roland examined Barker and thought he was about 2 years old – far too young to be living alone on the streets. Thankfully, he tested negative for Distemper which we wrote about in our last blog and is a huge issue in the Philippines.
Our main concern was the severe wounds in Barker’s neck, which had been caused by tight nylon string. We suspect that the string was likely tied when he was much smaller and thinner. Not only was the wound relatively deep, but it was also infected.
Sadly, these make-shift collars are all too common. We regularly see dogs with raw or sore necks at our clinics. String or chain collars can painfully grow into the dog’s skin leaving them vulnerable to parasites and infections. This is why whenever we see one of these collars at our clinics we hand out free collars which will keep dogs safe and healthy.

An appeal

This is where we need your help, for larger dogs, each collar costs 75p-£1. Medium and smaller collars only cost 44-60 pence. This means that any small amount you donate can make a big difference to dogs just like Barker. A donation of just £5 would buy 5 or 6 collars for a bigger dog or 9-11 smaller collars!

Without your support, dogs like Barker won’t get the care they so urgently need. Please consider donating today!


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