Staffie Fred hoping to bowl over new owner

A handsome 10-year old Staffie is struggling to find a new home after arriving at RSPCA’s Leybourne Animal Centre in Kent, in September.

Fred arrived at the Kent rehoming centre when his owners could no longer care for him and is hoping to bowl over a new owner.

Like his cricketing namesake – Freddie Flintoff – Fred loves nothing more than a game of throw and catch.

Claire Yorke, from Leybourne, said: “Fred is an older chap so that may be one of the reasons he’s being overlooked. He’s had a good innings but we’re sure he’s got a lot of games left in him yet. He’s a good catch and is looking for a quiet retirement home and comfy sofa to call him own.

“He’d like an adult-only home or older family with no other pets. He’s unsure around other dogs and is happy to mix with those that are calm but is frightened if they’re too bouncy and excitable so he’s currently being nuzzled when he’s walked.”

Fred is a very gentle pooch who is very loving and enjoys being with people. He loves long walks and sunny spots for naps.

“Poor Fred is finding kennel like really stressful,” Claire adds: “He really just wants some peace and quiet in a loving new home.”

Unfortunately, the RSPCA finds that dogs of certain colours and older pooches can take longer to rehome. It can take 50% longer to rehome brindle dogs and up to three times longer to rehome dogs over the age of seven.

Claire added: “All dogs are beautiful and have their own unique, amazing personalities so we’d ask people to look past Fred’s age, colour and muzzle and give him a chance.”

If you’re looking for a dog, the RSPCA is asking you to consider taking Fred and come down to the centre to meet him.

For more information about Fred or any of the dogs at RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre contact leybourne@rspca.org.uk or 0300 123 0751.