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Upcoming Events for 2023
24th November – Stall & Collection at Ivybridge Christmas Festival, 2pm – 8pm
25th November – Stall, Collection & Dog Show at Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations, Brixham, 10am – 7pm
25th November – Collection at Pets At Home, Plymouth, 10am – 3pm
26th November – Stall & Collection at Light Up Plympton, The Ridgeway, 12pm – 6pm
2nd December – Stall & Collection at Saltash Christmas Festival, Saltash, 1pm – 7pm
3rd December – Stall & Collection at Trago Christmas Market, Trago Newton Abbot, 9am – 4pm
3rd December – Collection at Pets At Home, Plymouth, 10.30am – 3pm
9th December – Stall & Collection at Trago Christmas Market, Trago Newton Abbot, 9am – 4pm
9th December – Collection at Pets At Home, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
10th December – Stall at Tavistock Christmas Festival, Tavistock, 10am – 3.30pm
11th December – Stall at Plympton Library Market Day, 10am – 4pm
13th December – Stall at Plymstock Library Market Day, 10am – 4pm
14th December – Stall & Collection at Santa Paws at Brewdog Plymouth, 5pm – 7pm
15th December – Collection at Pets At Home, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
16th December – Stall & Collection at Boston Tea Party, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
16th December – Stall & Collection at The Original Factory Shop, Plympton, 10am – 3pm
17th December – Stall & Collection at Matalan, Transit Way, 10am – 3.30pm
17th December – Charity Pub Quiz & Collection at Brewdog Plymouth, 7pm – 10pm
22nd December – Collection at Pets At Home, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
22nd December – Stall & Collection at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth, 9am – 6pm
23rd December – Stall & Collection at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth, 9am – 6pm
30th December – Stall & Collection at Boston Tea Party, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
31st December – Collection at Asda, Estover, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
Upcoming Events for 2024
6th & 7th January – Stall & Collection at Newnham Bark, Newnham Park Plymouth, 9am – 2pm
13th January – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
3rd February – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
24th & 25th February – Stall & Collection at Newnham Bark, Newnham Park Plymouth, 9am – 2pm
2nd March – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
6th April – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
20th & 21st April – Stall & Collection at Newnham Bark, Newnham Park Plymouth, 9am – 2pm
4th May – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
1st June – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
22nd June – Stall & Collection at Tamar Valley Fete at St Ann’s Chapel in Calstock, Cornwall
6th July – Stall, Collection & Dog Show at Derriford Street Party at Derriford United Reformed Church, Plymouth
7th July – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
13th July – Stall & Collection at Liskeard Show at Merrymeet, Liskeard, Cornwall
21st July – Stall, Collection & Dog Show at Stoke Village Fun Day at Blockhouse Park, Plymouth
27th July – Stall & Collection at Latchley, Chilsworthy & Cox Park Show (LCCP) in Chilsworthy, Cornwall
31st July – Stall & Collection at Yealmpton Show at Kitley House, Yealmpton
3rd August – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
25th August – Stall, Collection & Dog Show at Central Park Fun Day at Central Park, Plymouth
7th September – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
5th October – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
2nd November – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
17th November – Stall & Collection at St Mellion Christmas Fair, Saltash, Cornwall
7th December – Stall & Collection at Matalan Transit Way, Plymouth, 10am – 3.30pm
Latest news and appeals
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August 2023 Larry’s Lousy Liver Appeal
We have taken in an 18-month old cat called ‘Larry’ who is in need of urgent medical care and life saving surgery. On arrival at Gables he was very wobbly and it was discovered he was having seizures. Gables contracted vets carried out tests which indicate he has a portosystemic (liver) shunt.
It is believed he was born with this condition, where the toxins in his blood are not filtered out by his liver and instead travel to his brain. This causes him to have episodes where he becomes very wobbly, disorientated and dribbles. He is currently taking medication every 12 hours to manage this condition but it is not effective long term. Even on the medication he still has seizure style episodes which take 2 to 3 days for him to recover from.
To help with this fatal condition Larry has been referred to High Grove Referral Centre in Bristol so he can have a CT scan to investigate his condition and to plan for lifesaving surgery to correct the liver shunt.
How to donate:
- By telephone: 01752 331602
- By post: – please make cheques payable to Gables Dogs & Cats Home
- Online: via Justgiving | Donate via our website | Via Paypal
- By text:
- To donate £1, text GABLLL to 70201
- To donate £3, text GABLLL to 70331
- To donate £5, text GABLLL to 70970
- To donate £10, text GABLLL to 70191
May 2023 – 25 puppies rescued from bleak conditions
We took in 25 puppies and dogs from a terrible situation where they had no food, water or shelter from freezing conditions. Back in March on a bitterly cold Saturday morning Gables were called to help remove these poor dogs. Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard and General Manager Claire Sparkes jumped in their vehicles and made the 90 mile trip. On arrival they were horrified to see the living conditions these vulnerable creatures were having to endure but they started to get them out one by one. We took as many as we could consisting of 9 young puppies that were around 8-12 weeks old, a 6 month old puppy with terribly matted, sore and infected skin and 3 mothers each with litters of puppies.
May 2023 Aye Aye the geriatric cat
We took in an elderly cat called Aye-Aye from the RSPCA. The lovely elderly girl was found lying in a road in a collapsed state and was extremely cold, underweight and lethargic. She was taken to a local veterinary practice where it was found she was hyperthyroid and in need of urgent medical care. Sadly she was not microchipped so there was no way to trace her owner. We successfully treated her condition and found her a new home where she will be comfortable and happy during her retirement years.
October 2022 Puppy Farm Palaver
As Covid-19 becoming something we learnt to live with, Gables had hoped that the huge demand for dogs would fall as people returned to work. Sadly this was far from the case as there is still a huge demand for puppies, which encourages breeders to cash in while they can!
This demand for puppies resulted in 90 dogs and puppies, living in horrific conditions, being removed from a single Devon property, with Gables helping to remove them and taking in 23 of them.
The dogs, a mixture of small “designer breeds” ranging from 7 days old to 12 years old, had been living in terrible conditions.
August 2022 Heatwave Kittens
On one of the hottest days on record we took in four abandoned kittens who were dumped in a field and left for dead in the middle of the heatwave. Although Gables rushed to collect the tiny 8 day old kittens, they were very concerned that they would not survive as they were so dehydrated, floppy, covered in fly eggs and fleas and struggling to breathe in the heat. They were taken to the vets for emergency fluids and the first 24 hours were touch and go.
June 2022 Queenie’s Vet Appeal
Queenie has suffered with skin issues for several years and now she is at Gables we can effectively treat her skin and find her a new home where she will be comfortable and happy. The most likely cause of Queenie’s skin condition is Flea Allergic Dermatitis, or FAD, but with regular flea prevention treatment this can usually be controlled. Poor Queenie was in such distress from her condition that she scratched her neck red raw and chewed the base of her tail and hind legs, leaving her with large patches of fur missing and very sore, red, crusty skin with multiple scabs. As a precaution Gables vets took a skin scrape to test for any other underlying conditions, such as ring worm. Unfortunately this led to the awful discovery that Queenie had the bacterial infection, MRSA and she had to be moved to the isolation area.
May 2022 Pillsbury’s Vet Appeal
We took in an extremely over weight pug who is in urgent need of medical treatment. Pillsbury had the most severe pinched/narrow nostrils that Gables vets had ever seen. Pillsbury had difficulty breathing, with little or no air flow in or out of his nostrils, resulting in a lot of open-mouthed breathing and panting. He also had a very large facial fold (the crease of skin over the ridge of the nose), which contributes to his difficulty in breathing and has resulted in an uncomfortable and painful skin condition called Erythematous.
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May 2022 Cloudy’s Vet Appeal
We took in a stray cat with a badly damaged eye. Cloudy, as he was affectionately named, was being fed by several people but had not seen a vet for over 5 years. As a result, his damaged eye became swollen, infected and ulcerated and he was in constant pain and discomfort. It is unclear what caused the damage to Cloudy’s eye but after veterinary examination it was concluded the most likely cause was blunt force trauma such as a kick or a collision with a car.
February 2022 Hockey aka Lovebug
Hockey is a 4 year old staffie X we took in with a long list of medical needs. He arrived needing urgent treatment for a severe heart murmur and arrhythmia.
January 2022 Popeye in a pickle
We were contacted by Filham Park Veterinary Clinic to help a cat with a severely damaged eye who desperately needed medical care. Popeye, as he was affectionately named, had an accident on a farm and his eye was beyond repair and needed to be removed.
November 2021 – Kittens fright on bonfire night
Five terrified, cold and wet kittens were found abandoned on a building site on bonfire night.
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October 2021 – Neglected Spaniels Dolly & Droopy
We took in two elderly Springer Spaniels with multiple severe medical issues. The two dogs needed urgent treatment to drastically improve their quality of life and ensure they are more comfortable and pain-free in their twilight years.
August 2021 – Shih Tzu Shambles
We were called to help with yet another suspected puppy farm, located in a seemingly typical family home in the centre of Plymouth. When we arrived, we immediately knew we were dealing with a serious situation by the putrid smell that greeted us as we approached the property.
June 2021 – Smashed Smartie
Smashed Smartie, a 3 year old Jack Russell needed major surgery after being hit by a car. She suffered a large facial wound, multiple fractures and a dislocation of her right hip in the collision with the car. We were asked to take her into our care due to the essential, expensive surgery that she required.
May 2021 – Wanda’s Wish
We took in a heavily pregnant dog from a puppy farm, who had been used solely for breeding to make money. This poor girl, who we named Wanda, had been living in a totally unsuitable location; exposed to the elements, knee deep in mud and freezing cold during the winter.
March 2021 – Lumpy Larry
We were contacted for help by another organisation and asked if we would take in an unwanted, overweight cat who desperately needed medical care. Lumpy Larry, as we affectionately named him, arrived with tightly matted fur all over his body and a large tumour on his face, which has been left untreated.
February 2021 – 7 Manky Pups
January 2021 – Tattered Tom
While we all hoped that 2021 would be a better year for everyone, it hasn’t been the best start for a very poorly 13 year old cat, who was given up by his owners. When Tattered Tom, as we affectionately named him, arrived here at Gables it soon became obvious that he was suffering from more than just his rundown, untidy looks. His fur was matted, greasy and heavily discoloured – the result of not being able to groom himself. This has also left him with a rather distinctive odour. He was born with a cleft lip, which makes eating and breathing normally much more difficult for him.