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Balding Puppies Dumped on Cold Day Need Christmas Jumpers to Stay Warm

Holly and Ivy were dumped with their mum, Mistletoe, just weeks before Christmas and have asked Santa Paws for their fur back

The Holly and the Ivy, When they are both full grown; Of all the dogs that are in the park, These puppies bear the crown!

Sweet lurcher puppies Holly and Ivy were balding and itchy when they were dumped on a cold, wet winter’s day with their mum, Mistletoe, just weeks before Christmas.

The 12-week-old pups have now written to Santa Paws to ask for their fur back.

RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre, in Chobham, Surrey, took the trio in on 27 November after they were abandoned by the side of the road in Effingham, Surrey.

Deputy manager Liz Wood said: “These poor little dogs were dumped beside the road like rubbish, it’s disgusting. They’ve got a really bad case of mange and are practically bald which means they’d have been even more vulnerable to the cold and rain.

“Thankfully, someone spotted them and asked us for help and we were able to get them into our warm, dry kennels quickly.

“They’ll now stay with us over the Christmas period while we nurse them back to full health. Mum Mistletoe is doing well but the pups have still got a long way to go and it will take some time for their coats to grow back.

“They decided to write to Santa Paws to ask for a helping hand in getting their coats back in time for Christmas!”

Dear Santa, 

We have been very good puppies. We were hoping for Christmas we could have our fur back. We were dumped by the side of a road covered in mange. So we would love our bald patches to disappear. 

Love Holly and Ivy, aged 12 weeks. 

The family won’t be ready for adoption until the New Year while they receive treatment for mange. However, the centre is appealing for any donations to help cover the cost of their care over Christmas and the ongoing treatment they need.

Liz added: “Poor Holly and Ivy have lost a lot of their fur so we’re having to keep them snug and warm in special Christmas jumpers.

“They’ll be staying with us over the festive period so if you’d like to donate any special chews, treats or toys to keep them – and our other residents – entertained then we’d be hugely grateful for any donations.”

Help the RSPCA this winter

It costs around £670,000 to run an RSPCA centre for a year. You can make a generous donation to Stock the Sleigh and help animals in our care:

  • £7 could keep an animal warm with a soft and cosy blanket
  • £15 could give the gift of comfort – a warm blanket, treats and toys
  • £25 could give the gift of safety – to help answer a phone call, provide a safe bed and food
  • £40 could give the gift of care – providing essential veterinary care and medicines.

This winter, the RSPCA expects to take in more than 10,000 animals in need across England & Wales. To help us deliver vital supplies to thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals left out in the cold this Christmas, visit www.rspca.org.uk/giftofkindness and watch your virtual gifts fill up our sleigh.

Check out the RSPCA’s Christmas video ‘Santa’s Littlest Helper’ on Youtube and visit Find A Pet if you could offer a rescue pet a new home for Christmas.