Can you afford to get a dog? Saving Charlies life

Bought from a local breeder, Charlie the French Bulldog found himself on the brink of death, when his owners, who undoubtedly spent thousands to buy him could not afford a lifesaving operation less than a year later.

Today was one-year-old puppy Charlie’s lucky day, after suffering for several days with an untreated and potentially fatal rectal prolapse.  Unable to get him the help he needed; Charlie was signed over to WAW and recived emergency surgery to save his life..

The KC registered puppy is now on the long road to recovery in a WAW foster home, who will spend the next few days, by his side monitoring his condition.  He may need to have further surgery and we will be speaking to a specialist.

We were so glad that Charlie got to us in time, he had suffered for a while and without the surgery today his chances of survival was slim.

Pet ownership has soared during the pandemic, with many people taking on animal without considering the real costs.  Getting a dog is exciting, but it is a big commitment.  They need a loving home, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and stimulation, comfy beds, toys to keep them occupied and much, much more.

When you get a pet, under The Animal Welfare Act 2006, you are legally responsible to provide for their five welfare needs:

  • Health – protection from pain, injury, suffering and disease and treated if they become ill or injured.
  • Behaviour – the ability to behave naturally for their species.
  • Companionship – to be housed with, or apart from, other animals as appropriate for the species.
  • Diet – a suitable diet and access to fresh clean water.
  • Environment – a suitable environment, offering the right type of home with a comfortable place to rest and hide as well as space to exercise and explore.

Looking after a dog can be costly, even without any unexpected vet bills.  According to the PDSA, you should expect your dog to cost you at least £4,500 to £13,000 over their whole lifetime, depending on the dog’s size, breed and how long they live. Your dog could cost you as much as £30,000 over their lifetime if you decide or need to spend more on their ongoing care!

This estimated cost does not include the cost of any vet fees if your dog becomes ill, although it does include the cost of pet insurance, which we advise pets owners to always have insurance.

WAW has taken on the costs of Charlie’s treatment and recovery and when he is better, he will find a loving home, with a family better prepared to meet the needs of a dog.

Keep updated on Charlie and other animals in our care on our Facebook page.

If you would like to donate to help Charlie and other animals like him, visit our donation page.