Big response for Give a Dog a Home campaign

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DOZENS of animal-loving Star readers have contacted the RSPCA to enquire about adopting the dogs featured in the launch of our Give a Dog a Home campaign.

This week we launched a bid to find new homes for 67 abandoned dogs after it emerged the city’s RSPCA centre was full to capacity.

It’s a similar story across the county including at Sheffield Council’s Spring Street centre and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, Dinnington.

As spending cuts force families to trim their budgets, many more animals are being abandoned or given up .

Stella White, general manager of the RSPCA Centre in Attercliffe said she was delighted with the response to The Star’s campaign but they still needed more homes.

“Thank you ever so much for the fantastic spread you did for us. We are already receiving calls about dogs people have seen in the paper, it’s wonderful.”

Anyone interested in adopting a dog should make an initial enquiry at the centre. Staff will invite prospective owners to come in to discuss suitability and rehoming criteria.

The potential owner will be introduced to the dog of their choice. If all the boxes are ticked, the dog will be reserved for them. A home visit will be arranged and, if the owner passes the inspection, the adoption can be completed.

Stella said the whole process usually took five to ten days.

In the run up to Christmas The Star’s campaign will feature a different abandoned dog every week.

If you have always wanted to own a dog pop down and have a look at the lovable pets which are up for adoption.

The centre, in Stadium Way, Attercliffe, Sheffield, opens every day between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Call the RSPCA Animal Centre on 0114 2898050.