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Donations Doubled for dogs like Drago: rehabilitated through lockdown following a lifetime of neglect

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. That’s why 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, there are still many animals who are being, or have been, horribly neglected by humans and used in ways that don’t put their welfare first. As a result, they arrive at NAWT worried, frightened and lost.

Drago’s background was more horrific than most. Locked in a cupboard under the stairs, he had been forced to breed puppies with his mother Roxy before they were eventually seized by police and brought into rescue.

Drago suffered yet more heartache when Roxy, his mother and sole lifelong companion, succumbed to a progressive disease within her spinal cord and the battle proved to be one fight too many for her. Roxy passed away peacefully in the arms of a NAWT animal carer, finally surrounded by people who loved her.

The passing of Roxy left Drago alone in rescue, scared of other dogs, worried and untrusting of people, and frightened about what else might be in store for him.

He deserved a future so much brighter than the dark past he’d left behind, so the team threw their all into socialising Drago and rebuilding his trust in people.

Thanks to your generous support, which kept our rescue centres running through the difficult period of lockdown, the team were able to dedicate many hours to supporting Drago in his rehabilitation, which prepared him for life in a loving new home.

This hard work eventually paid off, when we waved a teary goodbye to a much happier, calmer, contented boy as he headed off to a new life with a family to call his own, just after the first lockdown restrictions lifted.

Your support of NAWT transformed Drago’s life, and we hope this video from his new family helps to show you just how much of a difference your donations make to homeless, abandoned and mistreated animals.

Drago’s story is a great reminder of how important animal rescue services are, even during times of human crisis. If we don’t help dogs like Drago, who will?

That’s why NAWT’s project as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year, is to continue to improve the lives of homeless animals like Drago during the Coronavirus pandemic. 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.

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