Shelter’s plea to re-home ‘staffies’

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Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming centre in Drumoak has appealed for peotential dog owners to consider choosing a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The centre is currently struggling with six of the breed.

Almost half the dogs rescued and cared for by the Scottish SPCA are Staffordshire bull terriers or similar crossbreeds.

Of those surveyed who said they would consider rehoming a dog, only 13% said they were likely to consider taking on a Staffordshire bull terrier or staffie cross while 75% said they were unlikely to give a staffie a home.

Manager of the charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Graeme Innes, said, “The results of our research aren’t surprising, though they are very disappointing.”

“Many of those who told us they wouldn’t take on a staffie said it was because they think the breed is dangerous and can’t be trusted.

“Yet the Staffordshire bull terrier is inherently no more aggressive than any other breed of dog. In fact, staffies tend to be gentle, affectionate and loyal and it’s a tragedy so many of these fantastic dogs are in kennels and usually have to wait longer than other breeds to

find new homes.” he added.

The Scottish SPCA also revealed that it takes twice as long to rehome a staffie compared to other breeds of dog. A Staffordshire bull terrier will spend, on average, 54 days in the charity’s care before it is found a new home, while all other breeds take an average of 26 days to be rehomed.

Mr Innes believes the Staffordshire’s ferocious reputation is down to the owners not taking responsibility for their animals:“Irresponsible dog ownership is the key issue, with over-breeding leading to huge numbers of unwanted staffies and far too many of the breed being owned by people who do not make sure their dogs are under control and well behaved in public.”

“We’d like to invite anyone thinking of taking on a dog to visit our centre as we’re sure if they spent just a small amount of time with a staffie they’d see what great dogs they can be.”

Anyone interested in rehoming a staffordshire bull terrier can call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 or visit scottishspca.org/rehoming.