Forever home plea for ‘gentle giant’ with a partly missing tail which he won’t stop wagging

A rescue dog who had to have part of his damaged tail removed is hoping for a new start in life with a much longed-for forever family.

Staff at the RSPCA’s Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Shropshire, have put out a special appeal for Ronnie. The two-year-old lurcher crossbreed, who “wins the hearts of everyone” with his love of people and adoring nature, has only had one rehoming application in six months.

Ronnie and three other dogs came into RSPCA care in January this year following concerns for their welfare. As a result, Ronnie – who is the last of the quartet still looking for a home – had to have part of his tail removed, although that hasn’t stopped the happy-go-lucky dog from wagging it whenever he gets the chance.

Neil Richardson, kennel supervisor at Gonsal Farm, said: “Ronnie is a real gentleman and everyone who meets him – whether that be the vets or volunteers – is completely bowled over by him. He wins the hearts of everyone who is lucky enough to get to spend time with him, simply because he adores people and loves attention and will gently lean against you asking for endless fuss.

“He’s not got the long flowing tail he once had, but he’s still got part of it and it doesn’t stop wagging! He’s such a gentle giant, but can forget how big he is, so he can be a little strong on the lead from time to time, but he’s still a massive softie at heart. All he wants is company and a home to call his own with a family who will give him lots of love and affection, which is why it’s so frustrating and incredibly sad that there’s been so little interest in him.

“We know there’s a wonderful home out there somewhere for Ronnie and we’d appeal to anyone looking for a canine companion who will reward you with endless friendship and affection, to get in touch.”

Brindle-coloured Ronnie is very fast and loves to run, and will happily chase after a ball, so a medium to large-size garden with suitably high fencing is definitely on his wishlist. He would also benefit from access to an off-lead area – like a field or park – where he can run to his heart’s content and let off steam.

He could potentially live with an existing dog of a similar size, pending meetings at the animal centre. A home with children aged ten years and over would be fine, but he cannot live with cats or small furry animals.

Please visit Gonsal Farm’s website for more details about Ronnie and an online application form.