Saving Joshua

For: Joshua the Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Organizer: Eveline Ludlow
£2,600
of £10,000 goal.
Raised by 101 donors
26% Complete
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The Story

In April we were able to rescue Joshua Bear from the Middle East. Donations from friends and family and generous strangers enabled us to reach our first goal of bringing him home. He was found as a puppy, roaming the streets, starving and dehydrated with severely deformed legs. It's believed he became deformed through malnutrition and neglect. The bones in his front legs have buckled under the weight of his body as he grew. The specialists taking care of him have now estimated the cost of his surgery to correct both legs, at over £8000. One special and amazing person has donated over £3500 to help get us half way there!! We are hoping to raise the rest of the money through donations and fundraisers. We hope that people will find it in their hearts to donate just one or two pounds and share our link with their friends. (That said we would love to meet any millionaires out there looking for a good cause to support!). Please follow our Facebook page 'Joshua Bear' to keep updated with his progress. 
Thank you so so much for all your kind words, love and support. They mean so much xxxx

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 6, 2016

Posted on May 6, 2016

I'm always blown away when I read your messages. Thank you so much for your support. For those of you who haven't already found us, you can see exactly how your donation is making a difference if you find Joshua's Facebook page. 'Joshua Bear'

thank you xxxxxxx

Posted on July 26, 2015

Posted on July 26, 2015

Since bringing Joshua home in April his progress has been fantastic. With £1500 raised to get him home and another £3500 donated from a single donor, Joshua seems to have some amazing people looking out for him. With his medical bills now running to over £8000 we are so grateful for every penny that has been donated to him. To have 1 person donate so much has taken a huge weight off our shoulders and we'll be forever thankful to them for helping save Josh.
So far 1 leg has been corrected. He has a cast on which will be checked in a week and a half. The vet will check the bone density, the amount of healing and also any pressure sores from the cast itself. All going well our little bear will have another put on for a further 2 weeks before seeing if the cast can come off permanently. After that we should have 1 straight leg!!!!
Our mission now is to raise a further £4500 for the second and final leg which will hopefully be done in around 11 weeks from now.
Josh has been incredible throoughout. From roaming the streets as a starving puppy in 50 degree heat to Xrays and operations in the UK. Within 12 months of his arrival he should be a new doggy and finally able to start really enjoying his life. 
For anyone thinking about donating, just remember you can make a real difference without having to donate huge amounts. Every little really does help. Thank you to all those who have donated and supported Josh and thank you so much for all your love and kindness xx

Posted on March 6, 2015

Posted on March 6, 2015

Wow! To say people have been generous would be an understatement. I've had some people say 'hes's just a dog, what's the big deal' and ask me 'why adopt a dog from qatar when there are so many dogs in the U.K.' and I know there are plenty who think I'm just a bit bonkers. Fair enough, it's probably a little true.So, it seems like a good time to give you an update on Joshua and his buddies at the rescue centre.
Hes being looked after by an organisation called 2nd Chance Rescue, doha. 
They are overrun with animals and stretched way beyond capacity currently with over 170 dogs and almost the same number of cats. They rely solely on volunteers and donations as well as people like me who try to adopt out of the country. There is a location out in the desert nicknamed 'the farm' where the majority of dogs are kept. This is where Joshua is being looked after at the moment. Most of the cages that should have 1 dog generally have 2 or even 3 if they are small enough. although the team there work really hard there are never enough hours in the day to get around to walking every dog and give it the time and attention you would in an ideal world. 
Although Joshua is a bit of a celebrity there he also craves cuddles and affection as well as space to stroll, sniff and investigate like any other normal dog. The staff love him and he clearly loves them but when there are over 170 dogs to attend to they can't look after him as much as he would be looked after in a loving home. By helping me raise this money you are making a direct difference not only to Joshua's life and mine but also helping to ease the strain in this overrun centre. So thank you so so much xxxxxxx
To find out more about the farm and 2nd chance please find them on facebook or Google 2ndChance Rescue Doha ??????

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