A plea has been issued to help find a four-year-old pooch dubbed ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ a home – as she has spent virtually all her life living in kennels.
Sue, a lurcher, was only a small puppy when she arrived at Bath Cats and Dogs Home in August 2017.
Briefly adopted in 2018, Sue was unfortunately returned to the shelter because of changes in her new owner’s circumstances that made keeping her too difficult.
Staff at the shelter remain perplexed that she is yet to be chosen by new owners, and have made it their goal to get her into a new home by the end of the year.
They believe hesitation may stem from Sue’s needs, which the kennel staff describe as ‘challenging behaviours’ even if they are entirely workable.
Describing her as very affectionate and sweet, Vanessa Langford, spokesperson for Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “All of our animal care team love her. She’s really people focused, she loves toys and she’s very social, she won’t sit in a corner and not do a lot.
“The other really nice thing about her is that she’s clever. She likes to learn new stuff. She can already do things like paw and sit. She loves learning because it’s human interaction.
“She definitely has some challenging behaviours so she will need an experienced owner, but it’s sad because she’s such a sweet dog.”
Unfortunately though, Sue cannot live with children or other animals, making it more difficult to find a place for her to go as a forever home. She also requires a muzzle while out walking like many Lurchers.
She is in need of an ‘experienced and patient’ owner, with a secure garden so that she cannot jump out.
Vanessa says lots of people have called already wanting to provide her a home, but the restrictions sometimes mean she wouldn’t be secure there.
“We’ve had loads of people call in wanting to give her a home. But there’s no point calling if you’ve got children or other dogs,” she added.
“People are being really lovely and want her but we can’t take that risk of her getting over-excited with another dog or child, that way it wouldn’t be her fault.
“The last thing we want is her coming back again. She has a great home here but we know that she would be much happier with someone else where she can chill out.
“She is an affectionate girl and loves a cuddle on the sofa just as much as she loves playing with her toys.
“As much as we love her, she would be happier in a house with a loving owner.”
You can put yourself up as a candidate to take this dog or other dogs in need on at firstname.lastname@example.org.