Dogs who had never been inside or seen collars before search for happy forever home

A pair of big, fluffy Alaskan Malamutes are hoping to find their forever homes after spending 10 months in RSPCA care.

Six-year-old Joe and eight-year-old Zac were rescued in April 2021. They’d been living at a site in Wales as part of a pack of 20 dogs and RSPCA staff don’t believe that they’ve ever lived inside or with a family before.

The pair were taken in by the team at RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre who spent time helping them get used to everyday things before starting to search for a special home for them.

Kennel supervisor Kelly Legg said: “Their coats were incredibly filthy and matted when they first came into us; we don’t believe they’d ever had a bath or been brushed. Both dogs were bewildered and confused. They were incredibly shut down and didn’t want to move; we had to carry them from the inspector’s van to their kennel because they had no idea how to walk on a lead and had never even seen a collar before!

“We spent weeks slowly introducing them to a new routine and taught them how to walk on a lead and that the outside world wasn’t so scary after all.”

Joe and Zac had a tough start and need a patient owner who can slowly help them adapt to life in a home.

Kelly added: “These gorgeous boys will need space and time to adjust. We believe they’ll do best in a ‘hands off’ home without young children and free of other pets. Someone with experience of the breed would be desirable too. Ideally we’d like them to go to a home with a large, secure garden as they love to run, play and chase each other which is really wonderful to watch.”

Weighing in at over 30kg each – plus a whole lot of floof – Joe and Zac are both big boys with big hearts. They are very close so need to be rehomed together and would like to go to a home with someone who will be with them, initially, for most of the day.

Find out more about Joe and Zac online or contact the Birmingham team on