Normal life might be on pause, but animal cruelty continues.
Despite the fact that the city has been on lockdown for the past eight weeks, there has been no let up in calls to Cork’s Dog Action Welfare, where volunteers are scrambling to pay for vet care now that their usual fundraisers are postponed.
Among the horrific examples of abuse and neglect, there was some cause for celebration this week. Hazel was rescued by DAWG in April, with matted hair that was so heavy on her body that it caused her skin to tear.
DAWG supporters rowed in and donated €5,000 for her emergency vet care. Now, after a month of gentle treatment, she is ready to go to her forever home.
Hazel was taken in by foster carer Jane Butler, who volunteered to show the little pup what human kindness looks like while bathing her sore skin every day as it healed.
Happily, her heartbreaking start in life has not put a dent in her confidence; Hazel shares her new digs with a Rottweiler and two other dogs and cats, but Jane confirms she rules the roost.
“A little update on Hazel who came into us so matted she had ulcerated skin and was horribly uncomfortable and sore.” posted the DAWG team. “Thanks to your support and donations, this tiny girl is doing amazingly well.”
“She is so playful and loving and is bursting with personality. Thank you so much to Jane Butler for fostering this girl, bathing her daily and giving her all the cuddles she craves. She will be ready for her forever home very soon.”
How you can help
It’s a worrying time for animal charities and while most fundraising has been stopped as the Covid-19 restrictions continue, the monthly bills at DAWG remain the same.
“It costs approx €20k each month for us to keep running.” said a spokesperson. “The future is very uncertain, with no money coming in we don’t know how long we will survive. For now, we are so glad that we are still here for dogs like little Hazel and many others. None of us knows when normal life for us all we resume but for now, the dogs of our country really need your help.”