Life-saving search dog needs his own life saved

An urgent appeal has been made to help a seriously ill search and rescue dog. Four-year-old Jack is a valued member of the North Devon Search and Rescue Team, a voluntary organization that saves lives in wild and remote places.

He has been extremely ill for the past few weeks, suffering from lethargy and fever and undergoing several tests and treatments. Unfortunately, his owner’s pet insurance was swallowed up in the first week, and a suspected infection in Jack’s lymph node means he may soon need urgent surgery.

Jack helped save lives

Jack’s manager, Catherine Davis, has now launched a crowdfunding page with an initial target of £3,500 to help defray his treatment costs. The Crowdfunder has so far been well supported, but unsure of what the future holds, Catherine fears they may need more funds to put Jack on the road to recovery.

The couple share a close bond, as not only do they live and work together, but Catherine adopted Jack after he was rescued by the North Devon Animal Ambulance at just eight months old. She said: “I took him in and trained him, and now he saves people for his own work. He’s a fantastic search dog – you couldn’t ask for a better dog. Just ask And he loves people, so it’s very sad to see him himself sick and not being able to do anything about it.

Jack helped save lives – now he needs people to help him

“He was classed as a search dog this time last year, and he’s probably made over thirty or forty calls across the South West. He can find people in a wide area very, very quickly and we bring to them so that we That’s what he was trained to do, and that’s why we need him because my team – the North Dartmoor team – and the search and rescue team of Exmoor have really missed his presence.

“There are six dog teams in the South West, and whenever there is a missing person, these dog teams are called day and night to help find them, and they are a fantastic asset to the South. -West.”

Catherine Davis and Jack

While Catherine isn’t sure how much money she’ll need to raise for Jack’s treatment overall, she said she’s grateful for the campaign’s support so far. “It’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “My husband and I have been truly moved to tears by the number of people who have supported us. Because we have insurance – we are responsible pet owners – and we have insurance, but to be honest it has was consumed within the first week of his treatment.

“It takes a lot of worry out of us, obviously we’re worried about him, but it means at least we don’t have to worry about the financial aspect on top of all that. “Having the support of people around has also been a very positive thing.”

She added: “If by any chance we don’t use the funds, then the training organization he works with has a charity fund that the funds could go into. He is a young and fit dog. , so hopefully he’ll pull through.” Jack’s crowdfunding campaign can be found here.

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