THESE dogs are making themselves at home at Doncaster’s RSPCA animal shelter and that’s not what the staff want.
They have become long-term residents at the sanctuary near Bawtry and staff say it’s high time they were found permanent homes in domestic settings.
“We don’t want them to be here forever,” says Linda Roberston, manager of the shelter on the Great North Road, who is hoping people looking for a new pet over the Bank Holiday will call in and take a look at some of the old-timers.
Jake the tan lurcher currently holds the unenviable long-stay record at the shelter - he has been there for about a year.
Linda said: “He’s a really nice friendly dog who wants to be with someone 24/7. If he’s left on his own he chews a lot.
“When he came to us as a cruelty case he was a bag of bones, but he’s all fit and healthy now.
“But so far only one person has asked about him in a year. He’s happy, not stressed, and has a burst of energy and then takes a rest.”
Greyhounds Echo and Tudor arrived at Bawtry as a pair when they retired from racing and have been there five months.
Linda said: “They’re old dogs looking for a home together because they have been together for the past six years. They would need a quiet home with no cats or any other animals.
“They’re a bit set in their ways so they want a quiet life.”
Black and tan crossbreeds Sasha and Portia also arrived at the Bawtry centre together five months ago when their previous owner had a baby and couldn’t cope with the dogs as well.
Linda said: “They love running around and are quite lively, slightly overwrought.
“We’d just like to get them settled in new homes as soon as possible and if anyone would like to come and have a closer look they will be made very welcome.”
Anyone interested in visiting the animal centre and seeing the long-term residents should call Linda on 01302 719790 or email email@example.com.