In a scary year that has been isolating and lonely for many people, the companionship offered to us by our pets has become highlighted and celebrated. This year, as part of our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal where all donations will be doubled, we are raising money to pay back the debt we owe these loyal, caring and faithful companions.
Never before have so many of us collectively felt the benefits that pets can bring to our physical and mental wellbeing.
However, a desire to feel the benefits of pet ownership can often lead people to forget about the responsibilities that also come with raising, teaching and caring for a companion animal. Some act a little too hastily in making the decision to welcome a new pet to the family, without doing the necessary research and this is why many animals eventually end up in a rescue centre.
Clover was one of those animals. A five-month-old boisterous American bulldog cross puppy, Clover was bought by inexperienced owners who struggled to cope with the demands of training an energetic young dog like Clover, and eventually took her to the vet to be euthanised.
Despite being in the midst of lockdown, the vet gave the NAWT Bedfordshire centre a call in a desperate bid to find an alternative future for this healthy, albeit a little naughty, pup.
Once in our care, it was clear to see that vital training had been lacking from Clover’s life so far and a lot of work would be required to help her overcome her behavioural issues and to prepare her for life with a new family.
Throughout lockdown, the animal care team dedicated many hours to Clover, teaching her valuable life skills and how to live harmoniously with new owners in a home of her own. Whilst these things are always a slow process, eventually Clover reached a point where she was ready to move on and continue her training with a dedicated new family.
Shortly after lockdown, she captured the heart of a new owner who was willing to continue working hard with her.
Clover is now called Lyra and her owner updated us in October to say:
"Lyra is turning into such a good girl and is calming down more and more each week.”
“She is the best! Let’s hope she continues to make me proud.”
“Thanks again for all you did.”
Stories like this are a great reminder that pet’s aren’t just a luxury for us to enjoy, but that they’re also a huge responsibility and they deserve our time, dedication and patience to help them flourish.
No animal arrives into a home as ‘the perfect pet’ – it is our responsibility to teach them how to become that, and eventually, when they become ‘the perfect pet for you’ the rewards for all that hard work are endless.
This is why NAWT’s project as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year, is to continue to improve the lives of homeless animals during the Coronavirus pandemic, so that they are better prepared to eventually become someone’s perfect pet. From midday on 1st December 2020 – midday on 8th December 2020, every donation you make to our campaign on the Big Give website will be DOUBLED at no extra cost to you.
Please help us in our mission to give back to all our furry companions, who have done so much for all of us this year, by supporting our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal from midday on 1st December 2020.