Rescued dog too afraid to step outside for five months spends 400th day in shelter

Five-year-old Charlie is the longest-staying resident at RSPCA Newport Animal Center and has ‘come on in leaps and bounds’ since he was saved from a run-down barn that got out of control

RSPCA Newport has launched an appeal to find cheeky Charlie a permanent family

A rescue center is appealing for a loving home for their longest-staying resident, after the overlooked dog spends his 400th day in their care.

Five-year-old “cheeky chappy” Charlie was rescued from a run-down barn with 44 other dogs last year, and has now spent 10,000 hours looking for a permanent family.

Despite special appeals nationwide, RSPCA Newport Animal Center has been unable to find this deserving dog a perfect match.

Center manager, Nikki Tutton, said: “We know there is so much love out there for Charlie who is such a cheeky chappy who really has transformed since he first came to us all those months ago.

Charlie has come out of his shell at RSPCA



The barn was found in a frightful state



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“We have got to know him so well over the past year and a bit, and he is going to make such a wonderful companion.

“If you can help us find his perfect match, please spread the word.”

Charlie was discovered living in a run-down outbuilding in Ceregidion in January 2021, after his owner agreed to work with the RSPCA.

The owner was struggling to meet the dogs’ basic needs, with a lack of shelter, parasite control and poor diet in all areas of concern.

The good boy loves humans and dogs



Charlie was taken in by the Newport animal center and was so nervous and withdrawn that he refused to move from the corner of his kennel for six weeks.

Slowly he began to show an interest in carers and gradually became more at ease.

It wasn’t until May that he felt confident enough to take his first steps outside.

“Charlie has come on in leaps and bounds,” said Nikki. “He really is a different dog altogether. He has such a beautiful personality and loves a cwtch from his carers of him.

He deserves the most loving home



“We do have some requirements for his new home, but we just know there is that loving family out there for him!”

Charlie can still find new stimuli scary, so his new owner would have to be patient and a quiet, adult-only home where he can get used to different noises slowly.

A big garden would also be beneficial so he can bond with his new family in a bigger space before gradually going out on walks with them.

His sociable nature means he could live with another calm and confident male dog, or neutered female, who can help his progress in dealing with everyday life.

His new family will also need to come to the center multiple times to build up a bond with him, so they will ideally need to live near Newport.

More details about Charlie and how to apply to adopt him are available online.

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