RSPCA: Dogs need forever homes after spending a total of 15 years in shelters

Many puppies need a paw-perfect new family (Image: RSPCA Adoptober Campaign/PA)

Can you help these pups find the perfect paw home? (Image: RSPCA Adopter Campaign/PA)

Since its inception in 1824, the RSPCA has helped thousands of pets find their “forever homes.”

Despite difficult starts in life, dogs and cats and, more recently, guinea pigs and gerbils have been taken into loving families.

But for some, the journey takes longer than for others.

The charity has launched its ‘Adoptober’ campaign to ensure no pet is forgotten.

October has been rebranded by staff who are looking for new owners for 11 of its “sassy” and “loving” furry residents who have been living together in shelters for 15.5 years.

One of them is Clover, who has been living at the RSPCA Bristol Animal Rescue Center for around 18 months.

“She’s an active and bright girl who loves spending time with people and playing with bouncy balls,” the charity said.

“She has a strong hunting instinct so needs to be kept on a leash when out for walks but loves to roam free in a secure garden or paddock.


Could you give Clover the home she deserves? (Image: PA)

“This loving and affectionate girl is looking for her perfect match and would love to have an adults only home with no other pets.”

Young Yoko, a terrier, is another dog included in the adopter campaign.

The four-year-old has been described as a “cheeky chap with a big personality” and is hoping to find an owner who shares his “strong hunting instincts”.

The charity has been at the Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home in Gloucestershire since May 2021 and hopes its next home will be with someone who can match Yoko’s playful and active nature.


Young Yoko also needs a loving family (Image: PA)

Meanwhile, six-year-old Joe and eight-year-old Zac are Alaskan Malamutes who have been cared for by the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Center for the past 18 months and are also looking for a loving family.

The charity says: “They are big boys (at over 30kg each) and have big hearts with lots of love to give to the right people.

“Six years old yeah and eight year old zac had lived as part of a large pack at a site in Wales and had never lived in a house before. They want a home with no other pets or children and would ideally go with someone experienced with the breed.”

Other campaign pets include seven-year-old Japanese Akita maggie.


Gentle giants Joe and Zac are also included in this month’s campaign (Image: PA)

She sadly spent two years at the RSPCA Westmorland branch during an investigation and court case that was delayed due to Covid.

Now the sweet, gentle giantess is “ready to begin her new life in a wonderful new home.”

The RSPCA added, “She loves excitement and attention and even knows many tricks and commands!”

Other biennial crosses included in this month’s campaign codyolder Akita Kuzeythree year old husky cross Big stainthree year old Akita Guccifour year old german shepherd cross kobethree-year staffie cross Rupert and ten-year-old German shepherd jake.


Maggie, a Japanese Akita, spent two years in a shelter (Image: PA)

The RSPCA said its network of 14 national placement centers and branches, which includes a further 45 animal shelters, housed 26,945 animals in 2021, down 8% from the previous year as suspensions mount.

The charity also believes rehabilitation has slowed as the cost of living takes a hit and many families put off plans to adopt a new pet while searching for financial stability.

To consider adopting an RSPCA animal you can go to the charity Find a pet Section to find the paw fect match.

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Justin Scacco

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