Here are some great news updates and HALO success stories for you!
Spotty is definitely one of our favourite dogs at The Willows. With her unique looks, wriggly little body and her loving personality - she wraps all our volunteers around her paw - ensuring that she gets lots of extra attention and treats. When we first met her, she was a skinny, malnourished pup who grew up into a beautiful young dog with the proper medical treatment and care. Unfortunately, like too many of our community dogs, she was a teenage mom, and once more back to a skinny lactating female. Thankfully her young owner signed her up to be sterilised and she is living her best life now!
Meet Tau, the worst transmissible venereal tumour (TVT) that HALO has seen. His owner, Joseph, walked for several kilometres to try and find help for his beloved dog and brought him to one of our outreaches in The Willows. Unlike most dogs, where the tumours affect "only" the genitalia, with Tau the whole body was affected. Quietly, we explained to Joseph, what needed to be done for the boy and that our efforts may be in vain and if that was the case, Tau would need to be put to sleep to release him from his suffering. It was very clear that Joseph cares deeply for his dog and chockingly he kept saying, we please needed to do whatever we can to help his dog.
Back at the vet, we had a long discussion about the way forward for Tau. Should we put him on treatment or rather euthanize him to avoid any suffering? Nobody had experience in severe and abnormal cases like this. Finally, HALO came to the decision to give Tau one injection of chemotherapy and then monitor him closely. Thankfully he responded beautifully and after his full treatment, he went home a healthy boy thanks to Roxy Tuckey who sponsored his treatment and sterilisation.