Online fundraising campaign to save the life of Wally the dog from King’s Lynn
- Credit: Ian Burt
A student has set up an online fundraising campaign to save the life of her beloved pet which has helped her battle with mental health problems.
Abbie Divers, 21, from South Lynn in King's Lynn, created the GoFundMe page on April 23 to raise £3,000 so a tumor can be removed from her six-year-old dog Wally.
The abnormal piece of tissue was discovered in Wally's prostate on April 13, meaning he has difficulty passing urine, and if the tumor is not removed he will have to be put to sleep.
Miss Divers, who has struggled with anxiety and depression since she was 13-years-old, is 'overwhelmed' by the response to her online campaign which has so far raised just over £1,200.
She said: 'My parents bought Wally to help me with my anxiety and depression. He has been like a best friend to me ever since. We go everywhere together. He has really good mannerisms, is loving and quite hilarious. I fell in love with him when I first saw him as a puppy. I forgot about everything else and he became my priority.'
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Miss Divers, who is in the first year of a three-year degree in abnormal and clinical psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, added: 'My anxiety is a struggle for me on a daily basis. I sometimes cannot commute to university because of it.
'Wally is always there for me. If I want to get out I take him with me and go for a walk. He is very caring.'
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The 21-year-old, who lives with her parents, Katie and Colin Divers, first noticed her black springador was ill on April 13.
'Wally was crying out in pain. I was in bits,' she added.
Everyday since then, he has had his bladder drained at Vets4Pets, at the King's Lynn Pets at Home store, funded by Miss Divers' grandfather.
Wally is also taking tablets on a daily basis.
The main operation will cost between £6,000 and £7,000 and the family will pay the remaining fees after the GoFundMe page has raised £3,000.
Miss Divers said: 'It has been very draining for the family. I'm not the kind of person who goes to other people with a problem but I am desperate.
'The page was set up for family and friends but the response has been incredible. I couldn't thank people enough It means more to me than people would imagine.'
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/get-wallys-tumor-removed