Two elderly dogs seek special retirement home

The RSPCA in Bath is searching for a very special home for two elderly dogs who have a combined age of 140 in dog years.

Collie-cross Poppy is 17-years old – 84 in dog years and her younger friend 10-year old Jack Russell Terrier Daisy – 56 in dog years – are being care for by staff at Bath Cats & Dogs Home, a local branch of the RSPCA.

The duo were taken to the RSPCA in 2016 when their owner was evicted and could no longer care for them. They were rehomed but sadly, returned to the centre in February due to a relationship breakdown.

Rachel Jones, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Bath, said: “Lovely Poppy is very elderly and is nearing the end of her days so we really want to get her into a home so she can enjoy the home comforts as she nears the end of her life.

Daisy will struggle without her life-long friend so it’s important to get her settled so she can cope with the sad loss when it comes.”

The pair are happy being left for short periods so may suit a working household and would also be happy in a family environment and can live with children.

Daisy is eager to get out and go for a walk whereas Poppy would be happy pottering around the garden. Neither are confident around other dogs, so Daisy would be best exercised in quiet areas.

Rachel added: “It’s so sad to see them in kennels still, after seven months. They’re currently in a foster home as kennels is too stressful for them, but we’re desperate to find the, a forever home as soon as possible. They’re such lovely, gentle, friendly dogs. They love meeting people and always greet you with happy faces and wagging tails.

“Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to find homes for pairs of dogs and for older dogs so we know it’s going to be a challenge to find the paw-fect place for this due.  But we know that they’ll make wonderful companions and loving pets for the right family who are willing to look past their grey hairs.”

The RSPCA say that it can take more than three times longer to rehome a dog over the age of three than it does to rehome a youngster.

For example, on average it can take 29.43 days to rehome a dog aged six months to one year, compared to a dog of seven years and over, which takes on average 48.68 days to rehome.

If you think you could give Poppy and Daisy the retirement home their looking for, you can contact Bath Cats and Dogs Home on 01225 787321.