By Danielle Walsh of Ark on the Edge
Hi all….I work for Ark on the Edge animal rescue in rural Barnard castle, and thought I would send you some recent stories from our rescue, to show how much your donation is appreciated. We rescue any domestic animals in need such as cats, rabbits, horses etc, if they have long term health problems, then they find a forever home here with us. We also rescue wildlife such as owls, foxes, badgers, deer and return these back to their natural home in the wild – sometimes this recovery can take years!!! Some recent success stories for you:
Pod was picked up as a stray wandering the streets of Bishop Auckland with a wound to his hind leg; he was picked up and taken to the vets, where he was scanned for microchip and low and behold – HE WAS CHIPPED! So tracing his owner should have been easy and a happy ending – however, this proved much more difficult: we discovered Pod was 16 years old! And that his owner had emigrated 2 years previously and therefore, we have no idea what happened to Pod in this time – but there had been reports of Pod being picked up as a stay several times. When he came to us we were under no illusion it would be difficult to find Pod a home at his age – but we did not give up and he soon became a firm favourite amongst volunteers!
Five months at the centre and Pod still didn’t have a home – until one day I posted him on a local animal page – within an hour – a family came up and reserved him and he went to his house a couple of days later! He is now named Winston and lives a spoiled life with his own rooms and his own double bed! Another story is of Peggy…..
Peggy again was picked up wandering as a stray and had massive dental problems; she was around 8 years old. We were contacted by local vets and told of Peggy and that her dental treatment would cost close to £400! Because of this – most rescues were unable to take her and Peggy would probably be euthanized.
Well not on our watch! We work very close with the Blue Cross and foster cats on their behalf; and it was decided that Peggy would receive the VITAL dental treatment that she needed and then would come into us for rehoming. She was only with us for 3 weeks and a visitor fell in love with her and adopted her. So this was a little cat that was going to be put to sleep because she needed vital dental treatment – the bill was made, Peggy found comfort and a home!
Zoe is a little 8 month old female; was found taped up in a cardboard box by the side of the road in Frosterley (see map). She was scared, had urinated and was pregnant! Thankfully she was found quickly and brought into our centre – upon a vet examination, it was decided the best course of action was to spay Zoe as soon as possible – as she was very small and would have difficulty giving birth.
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She has come on leaps and bounds since arriving, she loves to sit on your shoulders and follows you everywhere! She required her vaccinations and a good feed but otherwise is fit and well. She is currently looking for a home of her own.
So you see the vital work we do, all depends on the kindness of people like yourselves; our vet bills regularly top £1000 a month – this is vital and cannot be changed. So on behalf of all of us – thank you!