Plain jane dog desperate for loving home

Shropshire Rescue dog seeks the love of a new family for Valentine’s Day A PLAIN JANE dog who has failed to get noticed by a single potential adopter in the last year is hoping cupid will strike his bow and it will be love at first sight for a new family by Valentine’s Day. Brindle coloured Staffordshire- Bull -Terrier Harley has been in rescue for the last 12 months, after his family were forced to give him up due to housing problems. But life in kennels, has been difficult for the loving four-year-old dog as despite his friendly and playful nature, it seems his ‘standard breed and looks’ has caused him to be constantly overlooked by people looking for a pet – and he is missing the chance to play with children.

Andrea Newton, of Finding Furever Homes, which cares for Harley, in partnership with a kennels, near Condover, Shropshire, said: “At any one time as many as 80 per cent of dogs in rescue are Staffordshire bull terriers or staffy cross breeds and brindle is one of the most common colours – so dogs like Harley just don’t stand out. “But he is a lovely dog and every time there are children at the kennels his little face lights up, his ears go up and he wants to run and play with them - he loves a game of football too.”

Harley was not exercised outside the home, with his previous owners, so his social skills with other dogs are not great, although if they are respectful of him, he won't bother with them. But in order to give Harley the best new start, Finding Furever Homes will pay for a trainer to work with a new family to learn how to help him overcome his anxiety of others due to his lack of socialisation as a puppy. Harley is currently being cared for at a private boarding kennels so he will be rehomed through Finding Furever Homes which sponsors his place at there.

Andrea said: “Harley is currently in Shropshire but he could be rehomed anywhere in England and Wales – the most important thing is that we find him a loving furever home of his own – wherever that is.” For further information about Finding Furever Homes and to offer Harley a home please visit Finding Furever Homes, which celebrated its first anniversary as a registered charity, on 10 January 2014, has already helped rehome 193 dogs (111 since it was officially registered by the charity commission) and donated £33,000 to help cover the vet and food bills of canines being cared for in other rescue charities across England and Wales.

Unlike many dog rescues, Finding Furever Homes never set out to compete with existing charities or build dog rescue facilities of its own but rather to take a pragmatic approach and support smaller dog rescues which already exist throughout England and Wales.