Ex-puppy farm dog Violet has done her bit campaigning against the practice of irresponsible dog breeding, and now she’s found a new home after appearing at this year’s Pup Aid event.

While a host of celebrities – from the Great British Bake Off’s Sue Perkins, to Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson and Countdown’s Rachel Riley – were seen out and about at Pup Aid at the start of September, it was six-year-old Mastiff-cross Violet that stole the show and she is now looking forward to her own fairy-tale ending.

Violet was brought in to Wood Green Animal Shelter in July as a stray. It was obvious to staff she’d been used as a breeding bitch, before being deemed too old to keep on breeding and abandoned on the streets of Cambridgeshire.

When she arrived, Violet was underweight, suffering from skin conditions and hip dysplasia, as well as undiagnosed ovarian cancer.

Violet was nursed back to health by staff at the shelter before being made an ambassador for the Pup Aid campaign, started by celebrity vet Marc Abraham, which fights to end puppy farming across the UK.

Violet appeared at Parliament Square when MPs debated the sale of puppies and kittens without their mothers, as well as visiting this year’s Pup Aid extravaganza, held on Primrose Hill on September 6.

While at Pup Aid, Violet also found her new owner – dog groomer and devoted Mastiff lover Donna-Marie Law.

“It was our third time at Pup Aid and as we went past Wood Green my eldest son actually said ‘look Mum, there’s your next dog’,” Donna-Marie said.

“I said ‘no’ but was back 20 minutes later, chatting to the Wood Green team and I was hooked.

“Given what Violet’s been through she’s got such a lovely way with people and loves being around other dogs – she just needs a break – and she’s going to be spoiled completely rotten for as long as she’s with us.”

Wood Green animal rehomer Ian Clarke was responsible for much of Violet’s care during her three-month stay at the Godmanchester centre.

He said: “Everyone at Wood Green fell in love with Violet and we are absolutely ecstatic to see her go to such a good home.”

For more information about Wood Green, visit www.woodgreen.org.uk and for more details about Pup Aid log onto www.pupaid.org


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