Britain’s “loneliest dog” is still looking for a home after being in the care of the RSPCA for more than 775 days.
Three-year-old Bob – a cross from Presa Canaria – first arrived at the animal welfare organization’s kennel after being found injured and lost in 2019.
He has now been with the RSPCA for more than two years and has been overlooked more than 200 times by potential new owners.
Staff, volunteers and behavioral researchers at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Center spent around 18 months working with Bob to prepare him for a forever home.
But despite his life in the kennel, nobody has yet to offer him a new place to stay.
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Jake Cowing, who looked after Bob, said, “We worked with Bob for a long time and helped prepare him for a new home.
“And then of course the lockdown struck and delayed us in finding a new home for him.
“He’s such a fabulous boy with a great character and I hope we can find the right family for him.
“But he needs a very special home so we have to make sure it’s the right game.
“Bob finds it incredibly difficult to hold back and walk on a leash, and he found Kennel really challenging.
“Even though he looks like a big tough guy, he’s actually a very sensitive soul.
“We believe that in the past some well-intentioned but misinformed techniques have been used to help Bob get on the leash, so we had to try to resolve these issues and start over.
“But when we got to know him, we found that he is an absolute treasure.
“He is very friendly and loves to play. As soon as he trusts you, he is the most loyal companion and friend you will ever find.”
The RSPCA said that after months of careful, patient, and positive reinforcement training, Bob was finally able to go for a walk again.
He should like to carry a tennis ball around like a doll so he can chew it when he’s stressed.
Mr. Cowing added, “Time never seems to be on Bob’s side.
“It had only just become available for relocation when the lockdown hit and we had to close to the public.
“His special needs meant that we couldn’t match him to someone until he’d spent time getting to know them, and we could because of the [UK] Government Restrictions.
“Now we’re partially open again and a lot of people admire it and ask for a home, but as soon as they hear about all of its quirks, they seem to be put off.
“Bob has seen 221 of our dogs move into their new homes since joining us, but he’s still waiting here.
“Ideally, we’re looking for a home with a large yard or private property that’s big enough for Bob to exercise and play without having to do lead hikes, at least until he’s settled in and connected to his new family.
“We would continuously support and guide any further lead work, but we believe that he would be happiest in an environment where leads are not a daily necessity of life.”
The staff want to find an experienced adult-only home where he is the only pet. He lives from routine, familiarity and spends a lot of time with his friends.
Cowing added, “Two years is a long, long time – and Bob has lived in kennels for more than two-thirds of his life.
“While we’ve done our best for him, we really want to see him in a home of his own with someone who can give him the life he deserves.
“He has had a difficult past and is our champion, survivor and friend. He’s a big, stupid clown who will change the lives of his adoptive parents.
“And anyone who hires him will surely change his own.”