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Help abandoned and neglected pets like Nora

Nora was found cold, wet and hungry. She’d been abandoned and was almost completely blind. Help us bring more strays in from the cold this Christmas.

Cold, frightened and tied to a farm gate

Nora, a ten-year-old Terrier cross was found in an extremely vulnerable condition. She had been tied up and abandoned, left to suffer in the cold overnight. Worse still, Nora was almost completely blind, meaning she wouldn’t have been able to take in her surroundings or see approaching dangers.

A full health check by our veterinary team revealed the full extent of Nora’s health issues. Her skin was sore and infected, she had overgrown nails, matted fur, dental disease and ear trouble. She also had very dry eyes, which must have been causing her a lot of pain.

Woodgreen Dog Carer Clarissa described poor Nora as being in a state of ‘emotional shut down’; where a dog’s needs have been neglected for so long that they won’t eat, walk, bark or play.

Help us treat more neglected pets this winter

To make Nora more comfortable, our vets' team gave her the full nose to tail treatment; clipping her nails and matted fur, treating her ears with drops, gently bathing her sore flaky skin, applying a medicated gel to soothe her dry eyes and operating to remove seven rotten teeth.


£45 could pay for consultations and medicated baths to soothe a dog suffering from sore flaky and infected skin.


£8 a month could pay for a pet’s essential first vaccinations before they’re rehomed.

The pressure builds for Nora

Severe glaucoma had caused Nora to go almost completely blind and the continued build-up of pressure and dryness in her eyes must have been excruciating. Sadly, the only way to ensure a pain-free future for Nora was to surgically remove both of her eyes.

Thankfully the operations were a success and with ongoing care, medicated baths and encouragement from her foster carer, Nora’s confidence and strength began to grow.

Finding a loving home for Nora

After suffering such a traumatic ordeal, Nora needed patient and understanding new owners and a home free from clutter; where it would be easier for her to find her way around without bumping into things.

Fortunately, new owners Chris and Karen ticked every box on Nora’s wish list. We received a wonderful recent update from them: ‘Nora seems to really enjoy life; her tail is always wagging, and she’s taken to barking long and loud until someone joins in her favourite ball game’.

In all her time at Woodgreen, staff had never heard Nora bark, so it’s wonderful to hear she’s found her voice and it’s your gifts that make these happy endings possible. Thank you so much for helping abandoned dogs like Nora to smile again.


Strays were given the love and care they desperately needed last year.


Dog walks are taken every year by our rehoming staff and volunteers - that's 165 a day!


Pets are taken in and cared for by our expert team in a typical year. Alongside dogs and cats, we help rehome chickens, rabbits and rodents.

Our team works tirelessly to provide safe shelter, specialist care, and a brighter future for thousands of dogs, cats and small pets every year. Whatever the reason for a pet coming to us, we don’t turn them away. At Woodgreen, our priority is to help every animal, no matter what their background or how challenging their needs may be.

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