Dog finds forever home in Berkshire after five years in rescue centres

  • Watch: Rudy is given lots of fuss as he goes to his forever home

A dog that has spent the last five years in rescue centres has now found his forever home.

Rudy, the nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was abused as a puppy on the Greek island of Zante.

He came to the UK but after the adoption went wrong, he ended up at the Dog Trouble Foundation Kennels in Wokingham.

Re-homing Rudy has been a challenge for the charity which says his breed can put people off.

The charity founder, Jo Cottrel, said: "I think Staffies tend to spend a long time in rescues because quite often people don't want to rescue Staffies because of the image that they have, but actually the majority of Staffies are mild tempered and very, very loving.

"Despite the stigma, Staffies like Ruby can make excellent family pets and, with the right training, they're really rather affectionate and gentle dogs."

  • Rudy's new owner says having a dog gives her a purpose

Rudy is being adopted by Sharron Moffat whose last rescue dog was named as the South of England's most 'un-rehomeable' dog before she took him in.

Sharron said: "I live with a mental health condition so having a dog in my life gives me a purpose and he's just such a joy and easy.

"It's difficult to understand why some of these dogs that are just so joyful spend so long waiting."

His new home will be in Windsor and Sharron says she's looking forward to going on lots of walks with her new canine companion.

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