Charity appeals for homes for long- term resident dogs

Khan
Khan

It’s a dog’s life for two canines at the Scottish SSPCA’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Drumoak, after being there since March.

The charity is seeking loving new homes for two sad staffies who are dog-tired of spending their lives in kennels, alone.

The animal welfare charity rescued four year old Khan last March when his previous owner was no longer able to provide for him. At around the same time seven year old Bubba arrived after she was found wandering the streets alone and no-one ever came forward to claim her.

Assistant Manager Debbie Innes said: “As a charity that rescues abused, neglected and unwanted animals our staff witness a lot of terrible things. Some of the cruelty we see is unspeakable and it stays with you for a very long time.

“However, one of the hardest things for us to cope with is watching an animal in our care slowly shut down, to the point that the light just fades from their eyes and they hardly ever leave their beds, the constant rejection becomes too much for them to bear.

She said that Bubba in particular had lost her lust for life: “Bubba is one of the sweetest, most loving dogs you could ever meet. However, in her kennel she just lies in her bed in a state of sheer depression. Take her out of her kennel and she’s a completely different dog. All she wants is to be cuddled and stroked and, despite being a larger lady, she adores climbing up into your lap and would happily lie with you, or on you, all day.”

She says that Khan on the other hand has never known a loving home: “Khan has never really known what it is to have a home to call his own. His naturally exuberant, loving and funny personality is being eroded every day due to the isolation of kennel life. He’d make a fantastic pet for anyone who has a good understanding of the staffie breed, if only someone would give him his chance to shine.”

Debbie explained that Bubba and Khan’s situation arises from the unfair reputation the Staffordshire bull terrier breed has gained in recent years.

Anyone who can offer Bubba or Khan a home is being urged to contact 03000 999 999.