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.