Dog survives brush with death only to get overlooked in rescue kennels

Britain’s unluckiest dog has spent over a year in rescue kennels after his former owner wanted to put him to sleep.

Staffie, Link was rescued in 2016 and has been in and out of RSPCA care since his previous owner wanted to have him put to sleep, but a vet intervened.

The RSPCA Isle of Thanet branch in Kent is looking after Link and a spokesperson from the branch said: “Link was extremely lucky to be saved when his previous owner decided to haven him put to sleep for no good reason. We were happy to step in and give this lovely boy a chance but, unfortunately, it’s not been easy for him.

“He’s been rehomed a couple of times, but these sadly haven’t worked out – through no fault of his own – and he’s since been in our care for 466 days. Unfortunately, he’s continually overlooked, and we can’t understand why. It could be due to his breed, his colour or his age.”

The nine-year old Staffie is very excitable and can be strong on the lead but is responding well to training. He’s very intelligent and loves learning new skills.

He can be frightened by noises, so it be important for any new owners to continue working with him to build his confidence in this area, and RSPCA staff are happy to help with this ongoing work.

The spokesperson added: “Unfortunately, we think Link has been branded with the typical Staffie stigma – which is completely unfair. Many people don’t even want to hear about him and he gets overlooked time and time again. It’s so sad.

“We know it takes 37% longer to rehome bridle dogs than other coloured dogs and three times longer to rehome dogs over the age of seven than puppies. But Link really is a fantastic dog. All of the staff and volunteers love him terribly and we know he’ll be a loyal friend and wonderful addition to the family.

“He has so much love to give and would bring his new owners so much joy. You just can’t help but smile when you’re with him – someone just needs to give him a chance.”

Staff advise that Link could live in a home with children but would be best without other dogs or pets. He also finds it difficult being home alone so will need patient, understanding owners who can spend time teaching him that it’s not scary.

Link is currently with the RSPCA Kent Isle of Thanet branch. If you think you could offer him the perfect home, you can visit his online profile or call 01843 826 180.