Britain’s most lonely dog has lastly discovered a house after spending nearly 5 years in an RSPCA animal shelter. Throughout an investigation, RSPCA inspectors saved a lurcher named Albie, who was stored of their care whereas the case was seemed into. Albie was saved simply earlier than Christmas of 2017.
Nonetheless, the Covid pandemic struck after it was completed and he was made obtainable for adoption, making it troublesome for workers on the Southridge Animal Centre in Hertfordshire to position him within the supreme house. Albie was rescued by the RSPCA’s Particular Operations Unit from Wales, the place he had been utilized in wildlife and searching crimes.
The supervisor, Anna White, stated: “Sadly, Albie was a Covid sufferer and have become obtainable for adoption simply earlier than the nation went into lockdown, so we needed to shut our doorways to the general public with the intention to abide by the restrictions.
He’s such a candy boy while you meet him; if somebody got here in in search of a dog in particular person, they might undoubtedly fall in love with him.
However since we needed to depend on internet marketing for our pets, we found that he was often handed over and acquired only a few inquiries.
However the group insisted on sticking by him. Grace Ho, a West Londoner, determined to present him an opportunity after viewing his on-line profile.
“I had misplaced my dog in April and had lastly come round to the concept of volunteering or rehoming a dog, however I had imagined a small Staffie or a spaniel, not a dog like Albie,” she stated.
However it harm my coronary heart to see from his profile that no person was excited about him. Due to his scars and partial nostril loss, I feel nearly all of folks assumed he was a scary dog and by no means gave him an opportunity.
“I went to the middle and requested if I may meet him, go for walks with him, and see how we obtained alongside. I spent about two months taking him for walks, attending to know him, and studying all about his quirks and his reactivity to different dogs. By the top of that point, I felt comfy dealing with these points.
“Albie is extremely lovely. He all the time smiles and has a sort coronary heart towards folks. Clearly, there’s a lot to do, however I place confidence in my means to deal with it, and he has already made some progress.
In September, Albie moved in with Grace and is doing properly. Grace continued, “He enjoys his meals, snuggling on the couch, and going for walks.
He wears a muzzle whereas out and about and is reactive to different dogs, however Grace is not delay by both of these issues.
“We stroll in a quiet park close to our home on weekdays after which go to busier parks on weekends, the place I do know we’ll have to fulfill different dogs, and I am working exhausting to desensitize him as a lot as potential; he is already made mates with two greyhounds who he is joyful to stroll with,” she continued.
He behaves so properly at house. He’s not requesting a lot. He’s solely excited about a heat mattress and a full stomach.
He’ll climb up onto the couch subsequent to me whereas I am working and tuck his head behind my again as a result of he desires to be near me.
Anna and the remainder of the Southridge crew are overjoyed that Albie has lastly discovered his joyful ending after such a difficult life and spending a lot time in kennels.
It simply proves that there’s a house for each dog, Anna continued.
In an effort to extend public consciousness of rescue animals and persuade extra folks to consider adopting a pet like Albie, the RSPCA has launched its annual Adoptober rehoming marketing campaign.