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Meet Alfie – a seven-year-old cairn terrier who is on the hunt for a new home.
Aflie fell ill last month and his owner, who is disabled, was unable to continue caring for the pooch.
With his medical bills rising daily, Alfie’s dog walker, Justine Swan, set up a crowdfunding page with the goal of paying for the terrier’s treatment costs – and to help find him a ‘forever home’.
However, Cairn Terrier Rescue UK caught wind of the campaign and has agreed to pay for his medical fees for the rest of his life.
Justine, who is currently caring for Alfie, has so far raised £1,050, which will now be donated to the charity.
‘This amazing charity are paying for Alfie’s care for the rest of his life, so any potential new owners need to not worry about his medical costs,’ Justine said.
In the online fundraiser, she wrote: ‘Alfie’s owner is disabled and can no longer provide the care and costs to keep Alfie alive and well.
‘[The] problem is he needs to find a full-time foster, or even better, a full-time forever home.
‘If I cannot succeed in finding Alfie a home, there will be no other option but to have Alfie put to sleep and this I cannot stand back and let happen.
Justine added: ‘He is the most loveliest most loving boy ever.’
Speaking about his condition, Justine said: ‘Alfie is coming on great and had a check-up at the vet and they are very pleased with his progress.
‘Alfie has still to be stabilised and this may take a few weeks.’
Justine described the ideal home as being with someone who can spend a lot of time with Alfie, take him on lots of short walks, and have a garden.
The cairn terrier loves company and Justine thinks he would benefit from having another dog in the family.
‘I would like to try to find Alfie a home in Oban or as near to it,’ Justine said, ‘so that I can still help and support Alfie as he has been a part of my life and wish to continue to do this.
‘Alfie travels like a saint in the car, he loves people, great with children and other dogs and cats.
‘Alfie needs insulin twice daily, a strict diet and regular exercise.’
Justine is asking anyone who feels they would love Alfie in their life to message her on Facebook, either through her personal page or by searching Justine’s Trails with Tails. Alternatively, email email@example.com.