PUPDATE - Maddie is on the road to recovery

We've got great news...Maddie has had her operation and she's recovering well! Click here to read more.


We did it! We couldn't be more thankful for the amazing support we've received for Maddie's appeal. Thanks to everyone's incredible generosity we've now smashed our target of £2,000.

Keep your eyes peeled for more 'pupdates' of Maddie's journey over the next few weeks.

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who donated and shared Maddie's story.

Can you help Maddie?

Dearest supporters, meet Maddie!

Maddie is the loveliest, sweetest dog who loves cuddles and is super gentle. She was brought into our care due to a change in her previous owner’s circumstances which meant they were sadly no longer able to care for her.

Nowadays, she likes to spend time relaxing in our reception, keeping our staff company and peeking out the window to see what’s going on in the yard. She is also very fond of her toys, especially tennis balls and soft toys, although her favourite activity is actually ripping them up!


But sadly, Maddie has degenerative joint disease, which has caused her cruciate ligament to partially rupture in her leg. This is a condition that causes lameness and discomfort in her knee, but which can be fixed with surgery. We’ve been able to keep her comfortable for now, but without treatment, the ligament will eventually fully rupture and make her unable to bear weight on that leg. Maddie had surgery for the same thing in her other leg before she came in to us so we know that her healing powers make her a good candidate for surgery and this leg is strong enough to support her whilst she recovers.


With surgery and the help of joint supplements and the right exercises, she should be able to lead a normal, happy and healthy life again.

We’ve been very lucky to have a local specialist offer to perform the operation for Maddie at a hugely subsidised fee, but we still need to raise about £2,000 to help cover the costs of her surgery and additional medical aftercare.

If we’re lucky enough to raise more than our target, or more than the costs of the surgery and treatments, any additional funds will go towards helping the other animals at our centre.

So if you are in a position to do so, please donate anything you can, no matter how big or small, it will all help Maddie get back to full health!

From all of us at Bristol A.R.C. and of course from Maddie too, thank you!

How to help Maddie:

  • Simply click the “Donate” button at the top of this page. (Please note you do not need a PayPal account to donate, simply scroll down to the “Guest Check Out” to make your donation, and remember to quote “Maddie” in how you heard about this campaign so we can make sure the funds go directly to Maddie’s Appeal!)

  • Call us on 01179 803 906 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) to speak to one of the lovely humans and make a payment by card.

  • Donate via our JustGiving page

  • Text ‘MADDIE’ to 70450 to donate £5 (you can give any amount from £1 - £20, just add the amount you want to donate after the word Maddie e.g. text ‘Maddie 3’ to 70450 to donate £3.)

Texts cost the amount you choose to donate, plus one standard rate message, and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via email or telephone. If you’d like to give £5, but do not want to hear more from us you can text: ‘MADDIENOINFO’ to 70450 (for other donation amounts, just add the number use wish to donate after the word ‘maddienoinfo’).

Other ways to help Maddie

Got a birthday coming up? You could also help by hosting a Facebook birthday fundraiser in aid of Maddie. They're quick and easy to set up and the money comes directly to us! To get started just CLICK HERE and follow the simple instructions.

Fancy a challenge?
Looking to lose some lockdown weight or just eager to push yourself? Well, why not do a sponsored challenge in aid of Maddie? You could walk, run, swim, cycle or if sports aren't your thing what about a bake sale? The possibilities are endless! Visit our Get Inspired page for more ideas and information.