As it’s the Easter bank holiday weekend many will be looking to spend time with their four-legged friends. and some will be giving thought to getting a dog and will be looking to adopt.
The RSPCA at Hillfield animal shelter in Stretton is opening its doors to allow people to decide if they want to adopt or not. It’s a big decision, of course, and one not to be taken lightly. But adopting a dog is a brilliant thing to do. You are giving an unwanted pet a future and you will have a loving and loyal pet for many years to come which can only add to your family.
One of the dogs that are looking for a forever home is Dash the border collie. Dash is an 11-year-old Border Collie and unfortunately ended up at the shelter due to his elderly owner finding Dash too energetic and not being able to meet his needs.
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A spokesperson from the shelter said: “Dash loves being out on his walks, he is still very spritely for an 11-year-old, but does suffer with a little arthritis in his back legs, which we have now started anti-inflammations after his vet check. We think he has been let off the lead quite a lot, as he does zig zag on the lead, and when we reach open spaces he does stop and look at you, anticipating his lead coming off.
“He can be quite excited and animated by other dogs, and we have found him to be very happy to see some, but not others. He has now started playing with his toys, which was a delight to watch him do this. Dash needs a calm and understanding owner, a child free home and somewhere where he won’t be left for long periods. You will need to visit Dash a few times to build up a bond before adoption.”
Another pair who are both looking for a new home are Missy and Bolt the beagles. The pair must be housed together and are both four years old.
A spokesperson from the shelter said: “Missy and Bolt are a lively and loving pair. They are looking for an active and patient owner who is at home most of the day as they are not used to being left. This wonderful duo have such lovely characters and they have made progress during their time with us.”
Andy the cross breed is a one-year-old who is looking for a new home after being unwanted when his owners’ relationship broke down. Experts at the shelter have described him as a very loving character but also one who has a lot of energy.
A spokesperson from the shelter said: “He needs a lot of mental stimulation to keep his brain active and occupied. Due to his age, he can become excitable at times and will mouth and jump up. Like any rescue dog, you will need to keep in mind that you may need to work with a behaviorist or dog trainer to meet Andy’s needs and to further your own knowledge.
“He is a sweet boy with a lot to give, he just needs a little help with his manners. Andy has been around another dog when he was looked after by a regular pet sitter, so we think he may benefit from having another calm dog in the household.
“Andy would be best suited to live with older teenagers. Please note we are waiting for Andy to see a behaviorist at the animal home on April 20.”
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