A four-year-old dog who has spent most of her life in kennels is desperately looking for a home.Sue the lurcher has spent over four years at Bath Cats and Dogs Home after arriving as a stray puppy in August 2017.In 2018, Sue was briefly adopted, but due to no fault of her own, she was returned to the shelter because of her owner's circumstances changing.It couldn't have been easy for her, and staff at the shelter can’t understand why Sue isn’t being chosen. They made it their goal to find her a home before the end of this year and they still have hope.
RSPCA figures from 2019 show it takes an average of 56 days to rehome a brindle coloured dog compared with 41 days for all other colours.Vanessa Langford, press officer for Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “She came back to us in July 2019, so that in itself is a long time. With the right owners she’s really affectionate, all of our animal care team love her. She’s really people focused, she loves toys and she’s very social, she won’t sit in a corner and not do a lot.“The other really nice thing about her is that she's clever. She likes to learn new stuff. She can already do things like paw and sit. She loves learning because it’s human interaction.“She definitely has some challenging behaviours so she will need an experienced owner, but it’s sad because she’s such a sweet dog.”
Sue comes with some restrictions
Rehoming Sue comes with restrictions which could be one reason as to why it’s taking her so long to find a home.She can’t live with children and can’t live with other animals. She needs to be muzzled when she goes for a walk because of her lurcher mentality. She loves meeting new pals but she needs help with her basic training and manners as she can become over-excited.
She will also need an experienced and patient owner, with a secure garden due to her being able to jump high.Vanessa said: “We’ve had loads of people call in wanting to give her a home. But there’s no point calling if you’ve got children or other dogs. People are being really lovely and want her but we can’t take that risk of her getting over-excited with another dog or child, that way it wouldn’t be her fault.
“The last thing we want is her coming back again. She has a great home here but we know that she would be much happier with someone else where she can chill out. She is an affectionate girl and loves a cuddle on the sofa just as much as she loves playing with her toys.
“As much as we love her, she would be happier in a house with a loving owner.”
Anyone who thinks they can give Sue a loving home should contact firstname.lastname@example.org