The RSPCA is caring for an old, blind dog who is struggling to find a home because people think she is ugly.
Hairless Chinese crested Morrissa is 13 years old and arrived at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home in Essex, in April having been rescued by inspectors from a multi-animal household.
The little dog has tufts of white and grey hair on her head and around her feet and tail, but the rest of her body is bald – as with all hairless Chinese Crested dogs.
Craig Horsler, Senior Supervisor at Danaher, said: “They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and we think Morissa is absolutely gorgeous. But she is unusual looking, and we’re worried prospective owners consider her ugly and that is what could be putting them off.
“As well as being a hairless variety of the Chinese crested – small, toy breed that was traditionally kept as a companion dog, she’s also in her twilight years and does have a few health problems.
“She’s partially blind, which we believe is due to heavy scarring from her eyes from pervious ulcers. She’s also quite nervous – particularly around men – so we’re looking for a calm, quiet home for her where her new owners can slowly work to build her confidence.”
Morissa is a very good girl who knows lots of commands and is happy being left alone for short periods of time.
She may be able to live with another dog and with a friendly cat. She may also be suitable to live in a family home with children. She absolutely loves fuss and attention and spends her days snoozing.
Craig added: “She’s such a sweet, friendly little dog and she really deserves to find a loving home to enjoy her senior years. If anyone can offer her a home, then we’d love them to get in touch.”
For more information about Morrissa, you can visit her online profile or contact Danaher directly on 01206 860586.