Keeping Alisa and Major together
When Alisa from Bromley was told she urgently needed complex surgery in September 2022, her main priority wasn’t so much the major procedure required for painful Bilateral Osteoarthritis but rather who would look after her two children who both have special needs — and her beloved 12-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Major.
Having become increasingly bedridden because of her condition, single mum Alisa, 50, was so desperate to find care for Major that when it appeared unlikely, she even considered cancelling the surgery she so badly needed. It was only after having made extensive online searches and following an impassioned plea on social media that Alisa found out about our member Mayhew’s Pet Refuge scheme, and her situation took a turn for the better.
As Alisa explains: “I was at the end of my tether when I posted my story and the urgent need for help to look after Major whilst I had my operation. I didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. It was at that point that a concerned lady who had read my post on Facebook offered to take Major to Mayhew animal welfare charity that I finally felt there was light at the end of the tunnel. Without Pet Refuge, I doubt my family and Major would be together today and I would have been able to have my operation.”
Following her procedure and post-surgery, Alisa returned home in December 2022 — with Major back there to greet her after his time at Mayhew.