Tuesday 27 June 2017

Meet three of the saddest dogs in the DSPCA

Zoe Brennan-Whitmore

As the cute little puppies who were found under the Christmas tree are settling down into their new homes after the Christmas period, Independent.ie visited the DSPCA to meet the dogs who were left behind.

The DSPCA re-home almost 2,500 animals each year and have always encouraged perspective pet owners to adopt rather than purchase pure-bred companions.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Brian Gillan of the DSPCA said that although many dogs are re-homed within weeks by the organisation, some forever homes can be more difficult to find.

"It's really never the dog's fault, it is really trying to find the right person to fit the animal."

Most dogs at the DSPCA are re-homed after their first few weeks at the shelter however, there are a few who become long term residents. This is how we came across three dogs Rugby, Bob and Empress who've had a bit of bad luck in recent months.

Rugby, a three to four-year-old Lurcher, was discarded by his owners and left outside a shopping center. The pooch was left there unnoticed for days until staff realised that he had been dumped and contacted the DSPCA.

It took a while for Rugby to gain back his confidence but with the help of the volunteers at the DSPCA he has come on leaps and bounds and now thrives in their doggie play groups. Rugby is now looking for an active family.

Little Bob is a six-year-old Jack Russell whose owner sadly fell ill and could no longer take care of him. Now he lives in the DSPCA and has been there for the past two months waiting to find his forever home. Bob is looking for a companion who will bring him for daily walks and would definitely suit a quiet home where he can get all the attention.

After five long months in the DSPCA, Empress is one of the lucky ones. The three-legged Dutch Shepard has been adopted and will be going to her forever home in the coming weeks.

If you want to find out more information about the dogs mentioned in this video, or wish to donate you can do so here

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