RSPCA dog adoption: Adorable Frenchie looking for a new home after life-saving surgery in Cambs

Adorable Frenchie Amelie is looking for a new home after undergoing life-saving surgery at the RSPCA in Cambridgeshire. The two-year-old had removed excess fabric from her soft palette and had her nostrils flared.

Amélie was rescued by the RSPCA after being found alive in unsuitable conditions. Upon arrival at the Block Fen Animal Center in Wimblington, staff soon realized she was struggling to breathe.

Kennel supervisor Tiffany Saunders said: “Poor Amelie had a rough start to life and also had some serious health issues. We were really concerned about her breathing so soon after arriving with us she underwent surgery for Brachycephalic Airway Obstructive Syndrome (BOAS) – a group of conditions that make it very difficult for dogs to breathe properly. flat.

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“She now has a much better quality of life, but any adopter will need to carefully monitor her breathing – particularly during exercise and especially in hot weather.”

The RSPCA says Amelie is just one of many brachycephalic (or flat-faced) dogs who find it impossible to perform normal canine activities such as walking, playing or even sleeping.

And this week the charity launched a new campaign called Save Our Breath. The idea is to urge the public not to buy breeds that cannot live normal lives due to the irresponsible way in which they have been bred.



Amélie is now looking for a new home with the help of the RSPCA

The number of French Bulldog puppies registered with the Kennel Club soared 1,317% between 2011 and 2020. This was reflected in the number of Frenchies cared for by the charity.

While Staffies still make up the largest proportion of dogs entering the RSPCA, their numbers are steadily declining, while the number of Frenchies has increased by 1,567%, from three in 2015 to 50 in 2020.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “For years we have deliberately bred dogs in our quest for extreme body shapes, including shorter, flatter faces. We’ve created generations who struggle with breathing, struggle with heat regulation, who are chronically tired and can’t exercise without collapsing, and who have to sleep with their heads propped up on a pillow or with a toy in the mouth, just to help them. breathe.

“In dogs, in particular, it has become such a huge welfare issue that we are left with only one option; encourage people not to buy it at all. Unfortunately, it is too risky to buy these animals because it is practically impossible to find a healthy one. This is a growing animal crisis and urgent action is needed.

With demand for pets rising during the lockdown, there are fears that more brachycephalic dogs, cats and rabbits have been bred by breeders, leading to even sicker animals that require expensive vet treatments to help them perform the simplest daily tasks such as walking and playing. And the RSPCA fears more of these animals could be abandoned or given away to charity as their owners struggle to cope with expensive vet bills as the cost of living soars.

For Amélie, RSPCA staff hope to find her the perfect forever home. She needs owners who can help her adjust to life in a home and who can slowly introduce her to socializing with other dogs and the big world. She can be reactive with other dogs and should be the only pet in her new home. Ideally, she would like a calm and quiet rural home. She could live with older children.

Tiffany added: ‘We don’t think Amelie has ever lived in a home environment before and she will have to learn from scratch what that means. Although we rehomed her, she was unfortunately returned to us because her adopters were struggling with her behavior around other dogs.

“Amélie loves people and is a real pot! She likes to be petted and get all the attention she can. She can be a little wary of new faces but quickly makes friends and she is your companion for life.

To find out more about Amélie, contact the Block Fen team on 0300 123 0726 or blockfen-inbox@rspca.org.uk.

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