This is Bailey, and this is where he was found alone, beaten, starving and too weak to fend for himself.
Bailey has spent his life so far (6 years by a vet’s estimate) outside, unable to move in a tiny cage and pumped full of hormones and steroids as the stud on a Kuwaiti puppy farm. Too old to be of anymore use, he was beaten to a pulp and abandoned.
Despite this, he is the sweetest, gentlest dog. Incredibly timid, he deserves to live out the rest of his life happy, in a forever home with a family who will love and nurture him.
That’s where my family and I come in, we’ve rescued a number of animals now:
* Boomer, the Labrador found emaciated and barely able to even stand.
* Blu, the deaf cat found declawed and missing an ear after being abandoned in the desert.
* Kohl, the cat who was also found abandoned and bonded with Blu in the shelter.
* Parker, the Spitz/Corgi mix found in a rubbish bin after her owners had kicked out almost all of her teeth.
* Belle, the Chihuahua who lived her life locked in a small bag before her owner grew tired of her and abandoned her too.
They’ve all been saved from countries where animal rights laws aren’t robust enough to guarantee their future safety – or even survival – and brought to the UK to live out the rest of their lives together with our existing pets, being showered with love in our family home.
But rescuing even one animal from overseas can cost thousands of pounds. In Bailey’s case, he needs months of extensive and costly medical and dental treatments before we can even consider his travel arrangements. After that, there’s the cost of travel, UK customs and importation costs and UK vet bills.
We have about two months to #SaveBailey, what will happen to him if we can’t doesn’t bear thinking about. Please help us give him the life he deserves by donating what you can.
An update following some questions we’ve received
Bailey looks fat / healthy in the photo taken where he was found, why?
Bailey has spent years being pumped full of hormones and steroids, as it would with a human this results in a swollen appearance. We’ve replaced this photo with a video from the same moment which better shows the awful condition he was found in as well as how skinny he really is under the bloating.
Why does Bailey need dental work to get into the UK?
The dental work is needed as Bailey has lots of damaged teeth and infections, and is in a lot of pain - especially when eating. Nutrition will be vital to his recovery. General good health is necessary to import animals to the UK.
What medical treatment does Bailey need?
Bailey has a number of ailments aside from his dental issues - he has deep, infected wounds, other infections and issues with internal organs. He needs rehabilitation work and lots of medications and supplements to strengthen him. In order to enter the UK Bailey will also need to have (and pass) a number of blood tests and health checkups. Anybody who has had a pet will know how expensive all of these things can become.
6 years seems young to have been thrown out of a puppy mill, can you explain?
As we’ve said above Bailey was found after being abandoned. We only know about his past from what his rescuers were told by locals. Animals are frequently treated like a commodity in Kuwait, so we can only assume he was no longer useful to those who abandoned him.
Who rescued Bailey and where is he now?
Bailey was found by a couple who spend much of their free time saving animals in danger in Kuwait, they took him to a shelter who have since found him a temporary foster home as he needs constant care.
Why the 2 month deadline?
The process of bringing an animal into the UK from Kuwait takes approximately 6 months - we’ve done it once with Parker. After 2 months his foster home will no longer be able to provide full time care for him, so in order to make sure he can come to the UK we need to be well advanced in the process by that point.
More photos of Bailey and the others below. You can also find Parker on instagram @parkerthecorgispitz
Some of Bailey’s less severe injuries when he was found.
Bailey, finally out of immediate danger at the shelter
Meeting Bailey for the first time at the Royal Animal Hospital where he is receiving treatment
Parker - who was very territorial - sharing her bed with her new furry family members
Boomer, running and playing for one of the first times in his life
Best buddies, Kohl and Blu
Belle, the third of our Chihuahuas finally being treated like the princess she is.
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