Staffordshire bull terrier cross Dotty was rescued by the RSPCA in July last year – and is now searching for a new place to call home after undergoing months of rehabilitation
She’d been kept locked in a bedroom with little socialization – and is now searching for a new owner who can show her the world doesn’t have to be a scary place.
Staffordshire bull terrier cross Dotty was taken in by the RSPCA in July 2021 after being rescued underweight and suffering from a skin condition.
Staff at the charity’s Ashley Heath Animal Centre, in Dorset, spent months getting to know her and treating her health problems before she went up for rehoming.
She’s now been waiting for more than six months to find a new home but has had no applications.
Animal care assistant Hollie Jones, who has been taking care of the eight-year-old, said: “We’ve had zero interest in Dotty and it’s devastating.
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“She’s such a sweet girl but, because she’s led such a restricted and withdrawn life, she needs really patient owners who can help her get used to the big wide world.”
Dotty is ideally looking for a home where she’ll be the only pet and will have access to a private, secure garden. She can be reactive when out and about so she needs to wear a muzzle, something staff have trained her to get used to.
She enjoys going for walks in quiet places so would benefit from a rural home.
Hollie added: “Other dogs are particularly difficult for her but we’ve had her on a strict training plan and her behavior has improved enormously in that time.
“With people, however, it’s a different story. She absolutely loves being around people and all she wants in life is a snuggle and a belly rub. She does n’t quite understand the concept of personal space so she will plonk herself on your lap!
“She’s really clever and picks up new tricks quickly. Ella she loves to play fetch, search for hidden toys, and learn new things.”
She’d like owners who will initially be around for most of the day while she settles and can slowly introduce her to being left home alone for short periods.
“It’ll take the right person to give Dotty what she needs but, after all she’s been through, no one deserves it more. Who could resist that dazzling Staffie smile and her waggy tail of her? Hollie added.
The RSPCA is urging people to adopt an animal in need rather than turning to breeders when wanting to welcome a pet into their family.
“While it may be easy to find animals on the internet or even spend hundreds on an expensive breeder, you could risk heartache or huge vet’s bills if you don’t do your homework,” a statement reads.
“By adopting and not shopping you’ll also feel good for doing good – by giving an animal a second chance at life in a loving home!
“Plus, adopting from us means that you can relax knowing that all our animals are healthy, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
“As with all the animals we rehome, we’ll pass on the details of their behavior and veterinary treatment. You’ll likely know more about your rescue animal’s history than if you were to buy an animal online!
“We’ve taken the time to get to know each animal as an individual, to understand their likes and dislikes and to prepare them for life in a loving family, which means there are less likely to be nasty surprises when you get home!
“When you adopt a cat or a dog from one of our centers, you’ll also get four weeks free pet insurance, which is vital to protect your pet’s future as well as your bank balance! There’s so much to gain from rescuing an animal in need.”
To find out more about Dotty visit her online profile or contact the Ashley Heath team on [email protected] or 0300 123 0749.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.