Posted 2 months ago
A French Bulldog needs life-changing surgery to help him to breathe freely before he can finally find his forever home.
Two-year-old Winston is described as a “lovely little boy” and was given to Northern Rose Boxer Rescue over three months ago, with a condition that meant he suffered from completely closed up nostrils.
Rachel Baker, a volunteer at the rescue who set up the GoFundMe page to raise the cost of his much needed operation, told TeamDogs : “As sad as it is, this is quite common in these dogs.”
Northern Rose Boxer Rescue is a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehoming mainly pure and cross bred Boxer dogs, although they have recently expanded to rescuing French Bulldogs and Pugs.
Founded by Gail Hall over a decade ago, the rescue is made of a small group of volunteers and are completely reliant on donations to keep going.
Winston has been described as "a lovely little boy" (Image: Rachel Baker)
On their Facebook page, they said: “Opening your heart, and your home to an unwanted or homeless Boxer will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.
“These dogs are full of life, love and simply need someone to show them love and kindness and give them a second chance in life with a new forever home.”
Winston is currently being fostered by Rachel’s daughter Laura Baker, and her partner Sam Jukes in Pontefract.
However, when on a family holiday in Cornwall they noticed how much the heat affected his breathing, despite taking necessary precautions and walking him in the evening when it was cooler.
Rachel said: “Even as an experienced dog owner myself, it was a distressing experience.”
Winston is also not comfortable around other dogs, and when he becomes worked up around other pets, this exacerbates his respiratory problems.
Rachel set up the GoFundMe page as the surgery is integral to Winston eventually being adopted.
She said: “It wouldn’t be fair to adopt him out in his current condition- it’s stressful for the owners, and it’s almost cruel to Winston.”
After the surgery it should be easier for Winston to walk and play (Image: Rachel Baker)
Winston’s life-changing surgery has been booked for August 17 with an ENT veterinary specialist in Leeds, after which Rachel hopes that they can then work on Winston’s behavioural problems so he’ll be ready for his forever home.
You can donate here as the campaign remains just under halfway to its £2,000 target.
She added: “It’s always hard to ask people for money, it doesn’t sit easy with me. But it's for the dogs, and for a good cause and without a shadow of a doubt it will make a huge difference to Winston.
“He will be able to go on walks and play without struggling to breathe.”
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