RSPCA rehoming appeal for unwanted dog who has spent 500 days in kennels

The RSPCA is hoping to find an animal lover with a space in their heart and home for an unwanted dog who has spent more than 500 days waiting to find his pawfect match.

Buddy is the longest stay dog at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal – who after marking his 500th day hoping for his second chance on Sunday (6 February) is now desperate to find his special someone.

The ten-year-old terrier came into the care of the rescue centre after a vet refused his previous owner’s request to euthanise him because of his challenging behaviour.

Since his arrival at the centre, Buddy has worked hard with behaviourists to try to tackle his issues and identify triggers.

They discovered that Buddy loves toys, in particular squeaky balls, and have worked hard to encourage pleasant play routines via swapping and positive reinforcement training which has helped avoid old patterns of behaviour repeating.

He has also become used to eating from activity feeders which provide him with extra daily stimulation.

Katy Darelli, Deputy Manager at RSPCA Brent Knoll, said: “This cute lad is an affectionate chap who sadly had a less than ideal relationship with his previous owner.  There was a clear breakdown in communication between them and this resulted in confrontational misunderstandings. Buddy began to retaliate to these experiences at which point ownership was relinquished to us after a request for euthanasia was rejected by his vet.

“Buddy is going to need a very special home with conscientious owners who have time and patience to help him live the happiest life possible. This life will need to be free from confrontation, other dogs and other identified stressors.

“Like so many animals who come into our care, it can take months of care, time and love to get them to a stage where they are ready for a new home but we don’t give up on these animals, everyone deserves a second chance.”

To find out more about how the team at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre are helping transform the lives of animals, and to find out how to adopt a rescue animal in need of a loving home, please visit the website.