Appeal Launched To Fund Life-Changing Operation For Young Rescue Dog

An appeal has been launched to raise money for a one year-old rescue dog that needs an expensive life-changing operation to help him lead a normal life.

Charlie, an Old English Sheepdog, was emaciated, riddled with fleas, had worms and kennel cough and was due to be put down, when he was rescued from the pound by a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation, the Old English Sheepdog (OES) Rescue & Welfare charity.

When OES Rescue & Welfare first took in Charlie, they noticed that, in addition to his other ailments, he was walking with a severe limp. Whilst it did not seem as though he was in pain, one of his legs did not seem normal and was a serious cause of concern for those caring for him.

After taking Charlie for the necessary veterinary care for his fleas, worms and kennel cough, he was taken to an orthopaedic specialist who diagnosed him with a severe case of hip dysplasia - an abnormal formation of the hip socket. This condition, if left untreated, can lead to crippling lameness and painful arthritis in the most serious cases and the only options to ensure Charlie's welfare are a hip operation, or the total replacement of the affected hip, both of which are expensive procedures.

OES Rescue & Welfare is a registered charity, which relies on fundraising and public donations for the work it carries out to rescue and rehome Old English Sheepdogs, and in order to be able to pay for Charlie's operation, the charity has launched the 'Charlie Appeal' and is calling on dog lovers to help support Charlie on his road to recovery.

Julie Love, a coordinator for OES Rescue & Welfare, said: "Charlie is a wonderful dog, with such a sweet personality and we are doing all we can to help him, but we are struggling to raise the funds needed to pay for his operation so are appealing to dog lovers who may wish to donate towards his surgery.  There is a good likelihood that Charlie will ultimately need a full hip replacement, which can cost around five thousand pounds per hip, and as a small charity we just cannot afford those costs.

"Charlie just loves people, and we want to show him that this love is returned.  Old English Sheepdog Rescue & Welfare saved him from being put to sleep and have been caring for him since then, and we really hope we will be able to raise the money to help make sure he lives a long and happy life, free of the pain that can come as a result of his hip problems.

"Charlie is not currently in any pain, which is the only upside, and he still loves to be around people and keep busy. He's going to be making an appearance at the Kennel Club Breed Rescue stand in Hall 3 at Crufts on Friday 6th March, which he will absolutely love. We hope this will help boost our fundraising efforts and give people a chance to meet Charlie for themselves and find out what a lovely dog he is."

For more information and to donate to the Charlie Appeal, visit

Old English Sheepdog Rescue & Welfare is one of hundreds of Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations around the country. There is a breed rescue organisation, and often several, for almost all of the 215 pedigree dog breeds recognised in the UK.  More information can be found at

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