Long-term pooch hopes it’s his year to find a forever home

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is appealing for a new home for a dog that has patiently waited in kennels for a year.

Four-year old Crossbreed Benji found himself at the West Down-based rehoming centre in February 2018 after previously spending life as a stray.

In the last twelve months, the team have waved a fond farewell to more than 300 dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes and welcomed 4000 potential adopters through its doors, but Benji hasn’t found his special someone.

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe’s Rehoming Centre Manager, Elise Watson, said: “When Benji arrived, I never thought a year would go by and he would still be here waiting for someone to fall in love with him.

“He is very affectionate and once he knows you, he adores fuss and cuddles, and is quite happy to snuggle up on your lap. He is a playful and inquisitive chap who likes to play with a ball and enjoys keeping his mind active by playing ‘find it’ games. He’s super clever and knows lots of commands so enjoys learning new things, but he’s equally happy to spend the day chilling out in the office here, and snoozing on his bed.

“Benji enjoys his walks but doesn’t need much exercise as he has a condition called hip dysplasia, which is managed by medication and reduced exercise, as well as regular vet check-ups where they tell us he’s doing very well. He really will make a super pet and we’re hoping that 2019 will be his year.”

The Dogs Trust Ilfracombe team advise that Benji is looking for patient, understanding adopters in an adult-only home. He would like a secure garden, so he can explore and have access to quiet walks.

Potential adopters must be prepared to visit Benji a few times at the centre to build that loving bond with him.

If you think you can give Benji the loving, forever home he deserves, please call Ilfracombe Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.