RSPCA plea: Can you give a dog a home? With video

Bournemouth Echo: ANIMAL LOVERS: Ashley Heath RSPCA deputy manager Gaynor Cannings, left,  with Shelby  and Lizzie  Redford  with Sasha ANIMAL LOVERS: Ashley Heath RSPCA deputy manager Gaynor Cannings, left, with Shelby and Lizzie Redford with Sasha

LOVING homes are desperately needed for dogs living at an RSPCA shelter near Ringwood.

There are always at least 10 dogs waiting to find a new owner at the Ashley Heath Animal Centre, with some staying at the centre for months before being chosen.

Two of those needing a home, boxer cross Shelby and staffie Sasha, have been at the centre for the longest time.

Deputy manager of the shelter Gaynor Cannings said: “Shelby is one of our longest-term dogs, and hasn’t had much luck in her life.”

The friendly and playful dog was brought to the Ashley Heath centre from the Midlands, where she found a new home before sadly being returned a year and a half later.

“It was upsetting for everyone, as she came back here through no fault of her own,” said Gaynor.

“Her owner was ill, and couldn’t take care of her any more.”

Shelby, who is six, will need to be the only pet in the home, although she does get on with most dogs when walking.

She will need company for most of the day, and any children in the house should be teenagers.

Sasha, who is three, came to Ashley Heath because she wasn’t getting along well with another dog in her home.

She must also be the only pet in the house, but is happy with children aged six and over.

Gaynor said: “She is a sweet, lively and friendly dog.

“She’s no trouble at all, but sadly there hasn’t been much interest in her at all, because lots of people have ideas about these types of dogs. But she’s a lovely girl and just needs a loving home to go to.”

For more information on the Ashley Heath Animal Centre, or to rehome a dog, call 0300 123 0749.

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2:11pm Fri 22 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

it would probably be easier to adopt a child than a dog or cat!
it would probably be easier to adopt a child than a dog or cat! suzigirl
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2:14pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Mr N James says...

I gave a dog home once,but i packed her bags for her and sent her home to her mother,Never again
I gave a dog home once,but i packed her bags for her and sent her home to her mother,Never again Mr N James
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2:30pm Fri 22 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

Mr N James wrote:
I gave a dog home once,but i packed her bags for her and sent her home to her mother,Never again
that did make me laugh!
[quote][p][bold]Mr N James[/bold] wrote: I gave a dog home once,but i packed her bags for her and sent her home to her mother,Never again[/p][/quote]that did make me laugh! suzigirl
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2:30pm Fri 22 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

I have had a few mongrels in my time....
I have had a few mongrels in my time.... suzigirl
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2:39pm Fri 22 Feb 13

NewForestFamily says...

After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better!
After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better! NewForestFamily
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4:22pm Fri 22 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

NewForestFamily wrote:
After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better!
That was really heartbreaking to read and I really feel for you - I think I would rather put down my husband than my dog! (Only joking husband!)
[quote][p][bold]NewForestFamily[/bold] wrote: After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better![/p][/quote]That was really heartbreaking to read and I really feel for you - I think I would rather put down my husband than my dog! (Only joking husband!) suzigirl
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4:45pm Fri 22 Feb 13

simcal says...

I have a **** living with me. She doesn't like being called that.
I have a **** living with me. She doesn't like being called that. simcal
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4:48pm Fri 22 Feb 13

NewForestFamily says...

Thanks Suzigirl, I know it was a choice of roof over our 3 kids heads, most people would say it's a no brainer. But, we have also got to live with the guilt of lying to our 3 kids that the dog went to a happy home. We didn't have the heart to tell them he was put to sleep. It was bad enough at the age of 45 having a stroke & being moved from pillar to post to find out their lovely dog was put down. But, one day we will rescue a lovely dog and we will never forget our happy little fella. :)
Thanks Suzigirl, I know it was a choice of roof over our 3 kids heads, most people would say it's a no brainer. But, we have also got to live with the guilt of lying to our 3 kids that the dog went to a happy home. We didn't have the heart to tell them he was put to sleep. It was bad enough at the age of 45 having a stroke & being moved from pillar to post to find out their lovely dog was put down. But, one day we will rescue a lovely dog and we will never forget our happy little fella. :) NewForestFamily
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6:33pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Boredofthiscountry says...

NewForestFamily wrote:
After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better!
What an appalling thing to happen, I'm so sorry you had to go through that, NFDC need to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, x
[quote][p][bold]NewForestFamily[/bold] wrote: After having a stroke last year, my family and I found ourselves put in Temporary Accommodation by NFDC, due to my husband having to give up his job to look after me 24/7 we no longer could afford private rent. Despite both working all our lives. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, NFDC informed us we were NOT allowed any pets at all. Our dog was 6 years old and the cat 4 yrs old. We were distraught and we were given 48hrs to rehome them. With only elder parents who couldn't possibly look after our WELL BEHAVED Staffy, they opted to take the cat. We found 25 yes 25 rescue centres not one would take our darling dog. Despite begging and pleading with the council and many tears they still advised us if we kept the dog they would make us homeless! We didn't have the £90 vet fee either! We had to borrow it!! Within 24hrs our wonderful happy health staffy was put to sleep, even the vet cried as he put the injection in. The vet and assistants were fantastic with me and made me a cup of tea to calm me down. I would have loved to have rehomed him he was so loving and I will, when we eventually get our own home, rescue a lovely dog. Thank you NFDC for being so caring and understanding that stroke victims need not just medical & family support but taking the dog for a walk gives you a purpose to get up out of bed and get better![/p][/quote]What an appalling thing to happen, I'm so sorry you had to go through that, NFDC need to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, x Boredofthiscountry
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9:11pm Fri 22 Feb 13

elite50 says...

I hear that the Isle of Mann is a great place for dogs!
Anywhere but around here!
I hear that the Isle of Mann is a great place for dogs! Anywhere but around here! elite50
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